December 18, 2017
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Federal tax bill 'on the one-yard line' after wavering senators pledge support

The first major federal tax overhaul in a generation is nearing the finish line, with a vote possible before Christmas. A conference committee is ironing out differences between House and Senate versions. Taxes for a variety of businesses would be lowered, with hopes of spurring economic growth.

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Northwest Startup Supporters Grow U.S.-Canada Economic Ties

By Benjamin Romano, editor, Xconomy Seattle

There's a new network organizing the incubators, accelerators, and investors fostering innovation in the Pacific Northwest on both sides of the U.S. - Canada border.

Business collaboration across the 49th parallel is having a moment, thanks in no small part to a dramatic divergence in immigration policies between the two countries this year that have prompted U.S. tech companies to establish or grow their presence in Canada to access talent from around the world.

The Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network (CVAN) is focused on collaboration at the grass-roots level of the innovation economy -- specifically the cleantech, life sciences, and IT industries -- in the broad area known as Cascadia, encompassing Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Canada.

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