The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber currently has seven Board of Director positions open, and the following people have been nominated to serve:
SLATE OF BOARD CANDIDATES
Additional names of candidates for directors may be nominated by petitions bearing the genuine signatures of at least (25) qualified members of the Chamber, limited to one signature per member firm.
Such petition shall be filed with the Board Nominating Committee by August 6, 2020 at Noon (12:00PM). Provide petition to Michelle Matheson via email document or a physical copy delivered to the Chamber office. Determination of the Board Nominating Committee as to the legality of the petition(s) shall be final. For a copy of petition or more information please contact Michelle Matheson at (253) 627-2175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Port of Tacoma has launched an ONLINE OPEN HOUSE to educate citizens and get their ideas and suggestions about the Strategic Plan the Port is currently working on.
“We built this website to keep citizens informed about our Strategic Plan work,” said Port Commission President John McCarthy, “and to offer citizens the opportunity to have their voices heard as we move through this process.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented in-person meetings and traditional open houses about the plan, the Port pivoted to developing an online open house to inform citizens about the plan. The website highlights the Port’s draft Strategic Plan goal areas; it will be updated as the draft plan takes shape. It also gives background on the Port of Tacoma’s history and the powers that public ports have in Washington state.
The site features a survey where citizens can share their ideas and opinions on how the Port of Tacoma can best prioritize its goals and potential opportunities to meet the needs and values of the people who live, work and play in Pierce County.
“The feedback citizens provide throughout this Strategic Plan process will provide valuable information that will help the Port Commission and staff complete this important work,“ McCarthy said.
One of the key duties of the five-member Port Commission is to set the strategic direction for the Port of Tacoma. Elected by Pierce County citizens, the Port’s five commissioners are: Kristin Ang, Deanna Keller, John McCarthy, Dick Marzano and Don Meyer.
The Port’s Strategic Plan process is expected to run through the end of the year.
Key contact information on the Port’s Strategic Plan:
The following letter was presented by the Chamber as testimony prior to voting at the June 30 City Council meeting.
On behalf the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, we are encouraging a Yes vote on the three following resolutions on the City of Tacoma City Council Agenda for June 30, 2020.
Resolution No. 40620: Wear Face Masks: Passed - See Resolution
To date, progress has been made in our fight again the transmission of Covid-19, and the increasing number of people gathering with the nicer weather we must remain vigilant. We do not want to lose ground and are actively working with community partners like the TPCHD, PC ED, and others to both reinforce current expectations and show examples of businesses doing the right thing. People need confidence as we reopen our local economy, and the only way to do this is to reinforce everyone, including businesses, are taking public health seriously. Face masks are one critical component of this. We support the measure and look forward to partnering with the City on this important communication effort.
Resolution No. 40621: Communications Protocol for Deaths in Police Custody: Passed - See Resolution
The people of Tacoma and of the state have overwhelmingly said they want more transparency when it comes to the use of police power, especially when the power kills. The overwhelming passage of Initiative 940 in 2018 shows how important transparency is to the people. The City of Tacoma should prioritize compliance with this law and establish clearer lines of communication when a death occurs while under the care of City government. Furthermore, by sharing the details of a death more quickly will increase faith in the process and the City’s leadership. We support this measure and look forward to helping hold our community accountable for the care of all citizens.
Resolution No. 40622: Ending Racism: Passed - See Resolution
We as a Chamber are focused on the need to end systemic racism and support the efforts to stop racism and transform Tacoma. This effort, however, will take work from everyone in our community including our business leaders, and we are focused on moving this issue forward and finding ways to resolve the problem.
As a Chamber, we remain focused on making the South Sound the best place to do business in Washington State. We can only accomplish the goal with the entire community squarely focused on ending systemic racism.
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