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October 29, 2019
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in partnership with Tacoma Rotary Club #8, recognizes an outstanding military citizen for civic contributions to resident military personnel with the John H. Anderson award. Anderson, a military veteran and former Tacoma mayor, was an accomplished civic leader, successful local business owner, and past Chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Board of Directors.
This year’s Military Affairs Committee announces Technical Sergeant Joel Johnson as the 41st John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award recipient.
TSgt Joel Johnson is an experienced servant-leader who embodies the Air Force Core Values of integrity, service, and excellence through active community service and simultaneous execution of his roles as a Unit Deployment Manager, one of 61 elite members of the Prime Nuclear Airlift Force maintenance team, and as one of 43 Flying Crew Chiefs. In the past year, Sergeant Johnson served as the Joint-Base Lewis McChord Team 5/6 Airmen Against Drunk Driving President.
During his time as president, he organized 16 Airmen to volunteer for 130 hours. preventing 100 Airmen from driving under the influence of alcohol. During this time, he also volunteered at a Pierce County elementary school where he judged 90 science projects, boosting community and installation relations. In the 62d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, he headed the deployed Key Spouse program, serving 260 deployed families. He led 11 Airmen to provide landscaping services and yard waste removal. easing families' burdens and raising morale.
TSgt Johnson organized his seven-member workplace to volunteer on a weekly basis at Pierce County Food Bank, where they distributed 1.000 food items to less fortunate families. Finally, he liaised with the Tacoma Rainiers' owner, coordinated game tickets and game-time recognition. ultimately raising morale for 100 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Airmen and their families.
Join the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and members of Tacoma Rotary #8, at the award reception Thursday, November 7th – 11:45am to 1:00pm at the Tacoma Yacht Club. Rotary members that served in the Armed Forces will also be honored during this monthly luncheon. For more information and registration, click here or visit the Chamber’s calendar.
PICTURES COURTESY OF CHELSEY KNAUSS, JOEL'S WIFE
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes local businesses that have set the standard for exemplary business practices at the Spotlight on Business Awards. This year’s recipients are being recognized the week of October 21-25th.
Through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, the Chamber will elevate the recipients’ exposure to the Tacoma-Pierce County business community and provide a widespread and sustained recognition.
In addition to the recipients, the Chamber invites staff, board members, Chamber Ambassadors, event sponsors, and media to join in on the celebration.
Congratulations to this year’s Spotlight on Business Award recipients:
Small Business (1-25 employees) – Theory Real Estate
Theory Real Estate partners with local organizations like the Tacoma Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity to help provide housing and basic necessities to low income families in the Puget Sound area. When you buy or sell a home with Theory, you aren’t just completing a business transaction; you’re also helping someone in need.
Medium Business (26-50 employees) – SEA Black Car by Shuttle Express
SEA Black Car creates the best experience they can for their guests offering professional ground transportation to any destination they travel.
Large Business (51+ employees) – Heritage Distilling Co.
Heritage Distilling Co. is expanding their product nationally, while celebrating the heritage of their local community through experiences of innovative programs, so customers become family everywhere.
Non-Profit Organization – Nourish Pierce County
Nourish Pierce County provides nutritious food and support services to people in need of compassion, dignity, and respect. Through their network of seven food banks and two mobile food banks serving eighteen additional sites, they provide food directly to people in need across Pierce County.
Minority-Owned Business – Ace Autobody
Mrs. McKernan, as a female, minority business owner in the auto body repair business, is unusual. Yet Mrs. McKernan demonstrates to anyone considering starting their own business that it can be done, and be profitable, regardless of the normal barriers new business owners encounter.
Veteran-Owned Business – South Sound Productions
Jennifer of South Sound Productions is a Navy Veteran & an Army spouse. She organizes local events to support her community and bring people together. She believes that fun, collective activities create a sense of community, and her motto is “a community together achieves more!”
Business Supporter of the Military – Homes for Heroes, Emerald Real Estate Group
Emerald Real Estate Group is affiliated with the Homes for Heroes program, the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists and local business affiliates; committed to providing easy ways for the heroes of our nation to save on a home, and on everyday home-related purchases.
Tune in to the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram pages for this year’s Spotlight on Business Awards recognition and visit the official event page for more details.
TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber annually recognizes local businesses that have set the standard for exemplary business practices at the Spotlight on Business Awards. Through both marketing and the Chamber’s social media channels, the Chamber will be elevating the recipients’ exposure to the Tacoma-Pierce County business community and providing a widespread and sustained recognition digitally.
The Chamber will be recognizing the following categories with nominees to each category:
Small Business (1-25 employees)
Recognizing entrepreneurs and groups who are willing to make an imprint on the Tacoma-Pierce County business community.
Medium Business (26-50 employees)
Helping promote and encourage local economic expansion and quality life in Tacoma-Pierce County.
Large Business (51+ employees)
Supporting small and medium business to expand and maintain a healthy economic future for our region.
Dedicating their time to making a difference to our local community through their mission statement.
Ensuring that Tacoma-Pierce County remains a diverse and vibrant experience for all of those who live, work, and visit.
Celebrating veteran service members that continue to invest locally by choosing to plant and grow their business in Tacoma-Pierce County.
Business Supporter of the Military
Recognizing companies that choose to support and invest in our military.
Follow the Chamber’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for Spotlight on Business Awards recipient announcement and visit the website for more information. Recipients will be announced soon!
Last week our Manufacturing Industrial Council director Meredith Neal testified in support of Puget Sound Energy's liquified natural gas (LNG) facility, and was joined by many local business leaders, elected officials, union workers, and non-profits to speak up in support of the Tacoma LNG facility.
Here's why we took time from our busy schedules to testify in support:
You might have seen news coverage of the hearing, which included many protesters outside. This project has vocal opposition, which is why we need your voice to talk about the benefits of the LNG project, how it will replace diesel fuel, improve the environment, create jobs and contribute to the diverse and thriving business community in the Port of Tacoma.
The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency recently completed a review of the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility Notice of Construction Application (NOC 11386) and has made a preliminary determination that the proposal meets all the requirements and should be approved.
The Clean Air Agency's public hearing is Tuesday, August 27 from 2-5 p.m. and 6:30-10 p.m. at the Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. We expect a large turnout of people who are misinformed about the benefits of LNG, and we need your voices to talk about the benefits of the LNG project.
We ask that you also consider submitting a written comment to the Clean Air Agency in support of the LNG project. The deadline for written comments is Sept 9, 2019.
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Join us as the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber enters its 3rd year of the South Sound Summit. We’ve brought together trail-blazing community leaders to share their story on why they believe the South Sound is the best place to do business. Industry innovators, such as Randi Zuckerberg (founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media) and Mitch Lowe (CEO of MoviePass, a former executive at Netflix, and former president at RedBox), have engaged with participants and presented their unique business perspective. This year, we plan to continue empowering business leaders of the South Sound!
With over 800+ attendees during the past two years, we’ve seen South Sound leaders, small business owners, and community innovators bringing ideas into realities through conversation. Will you be a part of the next project in the South Sound?
Here are 3 reasons why you should attend this year’s South Sound Summit!
1. Engage with community leaders under one roof
The Chamber aims to bridge the South Sound business community with high-profile leaders in an informal setting. In the past two years, we’ve brought:
2. Learn about what’s coming to the South Sound
3. Bring what you learn back to your business
Now that we’ve got you interested, learn more about www.southsoundsummit.com and register you and your business today!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2019
TACOMA, Wash. – Businesses, organizations and individuals who make outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma were nominated as part of the annual New Tacoma Awards.
This year, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, in coordination with Venue Sponsor Pacific Grill Events & Catering, and Awards Sponsor NW Etch, honored nominees and recipients at the Chamber Luncheon on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at the Pacific Grill Events Center.
The 2019 New Tacoma Awards recipients are:
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This September, local business and civic leaders are joining the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber to learn from each other and from Pittsburgh, the Steel City.
The Chamber is hosting an intercity conference to develop regional leadership partners, with opportunities to learn and share best practices, innovation, and ideas. Pittsburgh was selected because of its can-do spirit. As it has built on its industrial reputation, Pittsburgh has shifted knowledge and skills to grow technology, arts, entertainment, health care and innovation while maintaining its traditions and identity.
Growing innovation in the technology and cultural sectors have stemmed outward migration and people are returning to Pittsburgh for the lifestyle and job opportunities. Pittsburgh and Tacoma-Pierce County share similarities with strong community leadership, a focus on innovation, outstanding education institutions, technological hubs, and burgeoning arts and entertainment opportunities.
“This experience would be a valuable opportunity to allow other parts of the country to witness the impressive work that’s been completed in our region in the last number of years. At the same time, our delegation can meet with Pittsburgh’s leaders to learn about the innovative approaches that make Pittsburgh a city of influence. In addition, spending quality time with a focused group of leaders from Tacoma-Pierce County will further improve our local connections,” said Tom Pierson, Chamber President & CEO.
While in Pittsburgh, the group will dive into Pittsburgh’s transition from an industrial hub to a city landing on Amazon’s Top 20 list. Pittsburgh has an industrial waterfront that has been recaptured and reinvested in, a growing technology and robotics sector, a cultural district anchored by museums and athletics, and niches that are attracting talent from life sciences to culinary arts.
Please join leaders from throughout Pierce County as we get a behind the scenes look at how Pittsburgh has transitioned into a City primed for the future. For more details and to register, go to https://aspiresouthsound.com or contact David Schroedel at email@example.com
The Chamber Luncheon: New Tacoma Awards, presented by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals who make outstanding contributions to the revitalization of downtown Tacoma for the following awards and nominees:
Ghilarducci Award: Recognizing new development, renovation, or beautification
Popham Award: Honoring the individual that has done the most to build community spirit
Public Places Award: Recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space, or area in the public right-of-way
Schoenfeld Award: Highlighting exemplary performance of pizzazz as a retailer or restaurateur
Union Station Award: Celebrating a leading organization, company, or individual that has built or sustained momentum for revitalization
Friday, July 12, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Pacific Grill Events Center
1530 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Visit the Chamber’s website for more information.
For more information about Chamber Luncheon and/or the New Tacoma Awards, contact Alison Bryan, Events Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 683-4881
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Awards Cpt. Hans Zeiger, Howard O. Scott Citizen-Servicemember of the Year