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Bellevue’s GIX Factor 

Few Eastside areas appear to be as poised to become the next major urban hub quite like Bellevue’s Spring District.

The 36-acre, $2.3 billion Bel-Red Corridor project is the site of proposed office towers, apartment buildings, retail shops, a brew pub, and parks. REI will relocate there from Kent in 2020, and the district will be served by a light rail station by 2023. In the end, more than 2,000 residents and 13,000 employees are expected to populate the neighborhood in 10 years.

You also can add college students to the Spring District’s neighborhood mix, thanks to the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University in Beijing that will create a graduate school focused on technology and innovation. GIX is backed by a $40 million investment from Microsoft and will open in a three-story, 86,000-square-foot building in September, when the inaugural class of students will begin a 15-month program on its way toward earning a Master of Science in Technology Innovation degree.  Read More>>


Local Branded Merchandise Firm Expands East Coast Operations 

If you’ve ever gotten a prize from your Kellogg’s cereal box, received a bobble head doll from a baseball game, or a battery charger from a business colleague, you’ve likely been exposed to merchandise agency Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, or BDA for short.

Recently, the Woodinville-based branded merchandise company announced it had acquired SwervePoint, a Boston-based promotional merchandise firm, in order to expand its operations in the Boston market while strengthening its industry foothold on the East Coast.  Read More>>


HaloSource Secures $2.2 Million In Funding  

Recent round of funding propels Bothell company’s presence in global drinking water marketplace.

HaloSource, a Bothell-based provider of clean water technology, announced it has secured $2.2 million in a recent round of funding as well as signed a distribution deal that will help the company accelerate its presence in the global drinking water filtration market.


“Since our founding, we’ve been building an extensive technology portfolio of ways to treat water, powering some of the world’s foremost brands in household drinking water devices on an OEM basis,” said CEO James Thompson.  Read More>>

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