The Feb 11 special election is just days away, we urge you to vote YES on Prop 1, the bond measure to implement district-wide facility and security updates.
If passed, the $535 million bond measure will replace or renovate eight deteriorating schools, including 108-year-old Oakland High School, where ceilings have darkened with leaks, and plumbing and electrical issues are not uncommon. The building has no central air and no way to regulate temperature. The schools marked for replacement average 69 years in age.
Bonds require 60-percent voter approval to pass. Ballots are due by 8 PM on Feb 11 and may be returned in the postage-paid envelope or at a Pierce County Election Drop Box location. Every vote counts!
More information about Tacoma Schools Prop 1
After a fairly robust 2019, slower economic growth is anticipated for the Tacoma-Pierce County region for 2020.
That seems to be the overriding message in this year’s Pierce County Economic Index report, presented this week at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chambers’s Horizons Economic Forecast breakfast at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.
The report, pulled together by Neal Johnson of Sound Resource Economics, is compiled annually. Last year’s presentation emphasized uncertainty given the partial government shutdown at the time. This year’s report shows 2019 actually offered areas of surprising growth.
"Income growth in 2020 is forecast to continue, with a 3.2 percent increase in total real personal income and a 1.2 percent gain in real personal income per capita.”
It also notes “a likely decrease in the number of workers who are employed only part-time for economic reasons, which has continued to see declines at the state level.”
WHERE IS EVERYONE WORKING?
There’s no question job creation is happening here and elsewhere, much of it in King County.
Overall, just about half of employed residents from Pierce County work somewhere else, and lower housing costs here may continue reinforcing the live here, work somewhere else motif.
About 35 percent of Pierce County’s employed residents worked in King County in 2017, the latest year for data, according to the report.
“The big surprise in the 2018 labor data was the relatively weak growth in both the labor force (up 2.1 percent) and the number of employed Pierce County residents (up 2.3 percent) compared to the higher 2.7 percent growth in in-county jobs,” the report states. “This was reversed in 2019, with a 4.0 percent jump in the labor force and a 3.8 percent increase in the number of employed Pierce County residents, with in-county jobs increasing only 1.9 percent.”
With more people looking for work here, the county has struggled competing with its neighbor to the north in terms of job creation.
“Pierce County’s ratio of jobs to employed residents, which increased from 2010 to 2015, has since trended downwards,” the report states. “While the long-term trend for Pierce County has been a gradual increase in this ratio, indicating more local jobs available per Pierce County worker, the recent trend likely indicates local job creation is being swamped by the higher job growth outside of the county.”
Construction saw the most jobs added, 1,700. Leisure and hospitality along with professional and business services sectors each added 1,400 jobs, with growth slowing in trade, transportation and utilities, government, and education and health services, which combined added 1,000 jobs in 2019, according to the report.
“While in-county job growth is expected to continue, it will be at a slower rate, with approximately 6,225 jobs added in 2019 and another 5,300 forecast for 2020, bringing Pierce County nonfarm employment to 335,000 by the end of 2020,” the report states. “The number of employed Pierce County residents grew by an impressive 15,100, or 3.8 percent, in 2019. The forecast for 2020 is for 3.0 percent growth, with the total number of employed reaching 439,300 by the fourth quarter of 2020.”
“The higher employment gains relative to in-county job growth runs counter to the nearly equal jobs and employment growth seen in 2018.”
Other report highlights:
Concerns over tariffs and retaliatory tariffs kept recession fears lingering in 2019 but also kept 30-year mortgage rates low. Those looking for homes in Pierce County faced a drop in new listings for inventory compared with 2018, along with rising home prices here (though still much lower than in King County). Permits for new construction for homes and multifamily units in the county also were down a combined 3.7 percent through November.
An estimated population increase of more than 17,300 per year for 2019 and 2020 by the index “will continue to keep rental rates above an inflationary increase.”
THE PORT OF TACOMA
The port, operating as part of the Northwest Seaport Alliance with the Port of Seattle, definitely has taken its hits when it comes to international tariff battles.
According to the report: “While a threat of further tariffs has been withdrawn, and tariffs have been reduced, some of the impact has been built into the current trade flow and the impact is likely to linger through 2020. Consequently, 2020 container volumes are likely to be significantly lower than forecast.”
In regard to other competitors, “Based on traffic data through November 2019, the NWSA’s share of West Coast container traffic is projected to edge back up to 13.4 percent for the full year. Whether the Canadian ports of Prince Rupert and Vancouver resume capturing market share is a bit clouded due to the U.S. tariffs.”
Auto imports for 2019 are projected to increase by approximately 30.8 percent from 2018, and rise again (though not as much) in 2020.
2019 grain exports are estimated to drop 30.9 percent compared with 2018, “directly attributable to China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. grains. The NWSA’s forecast calls for no change in 2020.”
Another export has seen dramatic change, as the report noted: “Log exports through the Port of Tacoma have ceased due to high tariffs. 2019 volumes are expected to be 15.2 million board feet, down 34.4 percent from 2018, with the NWSA forecasting no log exports in 2020.”
Original Source: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article239324023.html
Written by: Debbie Cockrell, Tacoma News Tribune
Photo credit: South Sound Business - https://southsoundbiz.com/made-in-the-south-sound-making-it-rite/
Online portal streamlines access to preliminary regulatory requirements for manufacturers looking to site or expand in Sumner and unincorporated Pierce County
OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today launched Regulatory Roadmap 2.0, the latest addition to a series of localized online portals designed to help ease the process of getting preliminary regulatory requirements satisfied for expanding or siting a new facility. The new online portal guides manufacturing firms through the review process for siting feasibility in Sumner and unincorporated areas of Pierce County, with Tacoma soon to follow.
The new portal builds upon the success of the state Regulatory Roadmap program’s original manufacturing roadmaps, which guided businesses step-by-step through the regulatory process using downloadable spreadsheets. These legacy roadmaps were launched by the cities of Arlington, Lynnwood and Marysville.
Other Regulatory Roadmaps provide a range of online tools for restaurant owners in Seattle, Spokane, Spokane Valley and Tacoma, and for residential contractors in the city of Kennewick.
The newest online portal, which is accessible at http://RegulatoryRoadmap.wa.gov, allows manufacturers to walk through the review of regulatory requirements interactively, including searching by location and property use. Applicable zoning, high-level considerations and thresholds for different topics appear within the portal, streamlining the discovery phase of site selection.
“One of our core goals was to develop a Regulatory Roadmap that could be customized for specific jurisdictions yet be flexible enough for us to add additional locations and industries as it’s scaled,” said Commerce director Lisa Brown. “This creates a one-stop website that incorporates regulatory information for multiple agencies, allowing business owners to evaluate the feasibility of a particular location using a single online portal.”
Pierce County and Sumner officials played central roles in developing the new portal, serving as launch partners and providing guidance, expertise and resource support through development, testing and launch.
“With new, more powerful tools, Pierce County is better positioned to compete for the jobs and investments that are vital to the economic vitality of our communities,” said Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive. “Strong web tools create a critical pathway for companies seeking a great place to do business. Now, companies can find a suitable location with our site finder at InvestPierceCounty.com and then make smart decisions regarding the next steps with RegulatoryRoadmap.wa.gov.”
“Anything we can do to make a complicated process easier is wonderful,” said Sumner Mayor Bill Pugh. “Sumner houses the largest manufacturing industrial center in the county as well as a classic Main Street, with unique local shops. All kinds of businesses will benefit from learning quickly what we have to offer here in Sumner and if it fits their needs.”
“The Manufacturing Regulatory Roadmap will help site selectors, business owners, and decision makers evaluate industrial sites in Pierce County. This tool adds tremendous value by taking the guesswork out of whether a project is permitted,” said Bruce Kendall, president and CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County. “The EDB and our partners are excited to help launch this tool and provide another valuable resource for our business community.”
Regulatory Roadmaps were created to streamline the regulatory experience for businesses. Knowing that most businesses conduct site selection long before they actually engage regulatory agencies, Commerce partnered with local agencies to create Roadmaps that provide valuable information for planning and assessing a project before taking on the time and cost to complete permitting and regulatory processes with a jurisdiction.
Commerce is optimistic that more jurisdictions will see the value in these planning tools and consider additional Roadmaps in other communities and for other industries.
“Working together with our local government and industry partners, we are strengthening communities by making it easier to do business and create jobs in Washington,” Brown said.
Contact :Barbara Dunn - Washington State Department of Commerce
Communications Director, (360)725-2805 | Mobile/text: (360) 481-3320
Chamber Luncheon, featuring the WorkWell Awards is a Chamber awards program designed to recognize local employers who are committed to addressing workforce health issues.
The Chamber celebrates strides Pierce County businesses are taking to make health and wellness a priority in the workplace. Congratulations to this year’s nominees:
Award presentation will be on Friday, February 14th - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Pacific Grill Events Center.
Jeff Roe, President & CEO, Premera Blue Cross
The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber and Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County have an ongoing leadership role in the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership - SSMCP whose purpose is to foster communication, understanding and mutual benefit of military, and civilian communities.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is our region’s largest employer and economic driver so having an understanding of its economic impact is critical.
We encourage you to participate in this short 3-minute survey. This survey seeks to identify the military-connected customer bases of local businesses and the effects of JBLM on the local economy. Your input and participation will help inform regional public policy and investments.
Link to the survey: https://uwt.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jFxbOPARn6iHB3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7th, 2020
TACOMA, Wash. – Many businesses depend on a healthy local economy. In the South Sound, businesses also rely on a healthy and reliable global economy. Information on where each is headed is vital for making sound business decisions. At the 2020 Horizons Economic Forecast, we will have information on both, including specifics on the real estate environment, retail growth, and B2B opportunities, as well as our local port, manufacturing, and industry. You don’t want to miss the 2020 Horizons Economics Forecast Breakfast – Wednesday, January 15th, 7:00A to 9:00A at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
Local Economist and Researcher Dr. Neal Johnson of Sound Resource Economics, alongside Tom Layson, Host and Producer of KBTC’s Northwest Now, and a local panel which includes climate of our workforce, development projects update, and the future of housing will be presenting original commissioned research, the Pierce County Economic Index (PCEI) report, the panel will forecast the upcoming economic landscape of Pierce County and what to expect in 2020. Attendees of the event will later have all-exclusive access to a website version of the PCEI Report.
Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be this year’s keynote speaker. Neil Bradley has spent two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions. At the Chamber, Bradley is responsible for aligning the organization’s overall policy priorities and advocacy efforts. He oversees several major policy divisions within the Chamber: Economic Policy; Employment Policy; Small Business Policy; and Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Policy. Health Policy, Transportation Infrastructure Policy, and Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Policy are also under his leadership.
Visit http://bit.ly/2020-Horizons for more information on the event, speakers, and sponsors.
President & CEO
Tacoma Pierce County Chamber
As 2019 is coming to an end, the Chamber has accomplishment many things - celebrated 135 years of making South Sound the best place to do business, standing up for industrial jobs, and bringing thousands of Tacomans to shop locally. See where these rank in the Chamber's top 10 of 2019!
1. Representing the Tacoma-Pierce County business community since 1884
The Chamber was organized by 100 Tacoma’s groundbreaking leaders in 1884 and since then, the Chamber transformed Tacoma-Pierce County in making it the best place to do business in Washington State, celebrating our 135th anniversary.
2. The Manufacturing Industrial Council lifts up businesses in the Port and Tideflats
With the evolution of Place for Jobs, to the Manufacturing Industrial Council in 2018, the Chamber continued its support of the industrial business community. In 2019, this effort focused on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility (1) and interim regulations (2). The MIC also highlighted the variety of businesses through a partnership with South Sound Business and Impact Washington with the Made in South Sound photo series (3).
Learn more about MIC South Sound
3. Thousands of jolly Tacomans shopped Downtown
The Chamber's Downtown Tacoma Partnership, partnered with over 100 businesses to shop locally and activated spaces with a snow globe photo booth, holiday pop-up shops, carol-oke contest, and much more! (4)
See photos from this year’s Holiday Haul Crawl
4. Grit City takes a piece of Steel City back home
The Chamber hosted an inaugural intercity leadership conference, Aspire (5), and brought elected officials and business leaders to Pittsburgh - by connecting, gaining an understanding of how to move our city forward, and establishing what is Tacoma’s story. (6)
Learn more about Aspire
5. Happy 40th anniversary, Janice!
The Chamber celebrated Janice on her 40th-year anniversary with the Chamber!
Read Q&A reflection from Janice
6. The new direction of the BIA, the Downtown Tacoma Partnership
The Chamber’s Downtown Tacoma Partnership conducted feedback, conversations with the Board, and worked with downtown stakeholders to rebrand the Business Improvement Area (BIA), which evolved to the Downtown Tacoma Partnership, a resurgence to market and promote downtown businesses and attract new businesses to grow here.
Read Downtown Tacoma Partnership announcement
7. The W.A.C.E overall communications awards go to…
The Chamber was recognized at the 2019 Western Association of Chamber Executives (WACE) annual conference as the best and brightest in the chamber industry with the overall communications award, website (1st place), and eNews (honorable mention). (7)
2019 WACE Communications Awards Page
8. Over $50,000 raised for Tacoma’s creative community
The Chamber's Spaceworks Tacoma hosted their first dinner gala CACHET (8), which the community learned about their impact, networked with business and art leaders, and supported one of Tacoma's most innovative programs combining the love of arts and entrepreneurship.
Read the impact of Spaceworks Tacoma
9. 22 emerging leaders graduate from Business Leadership Academy
The Chamber’s Business Leadership Academy took a different approach in 2019 by bringing the cohort to businesses that add to the vitality of our region (9). Our participants learned valuable skills to further develop their leadership skills now and into the future. (10)
Watch Business Leadership Academy cohort testimonials
10. Chamber offices remodeled to open-concept, opening to members
The Chamber offices needed a little updating, breaking down the cubicles to create a collaborative working environment with all departments. The office is available for Chamber members to use as well - office sponsorship opportunities are also available! (11)
Watch transformation video of Chamber offices
To start, what brought you to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber in the first place?
I was working for the publishing company that was printing the 1979 Chamber Business Directory. My job was to call the members and verify the information for the members’ directory listing. When that 4 month project ended, the Chamber did not have a secretary in the Member Services Dept. And, since I knew the membership really well, I was asked to fill the position at the Chamber. At this time, we were located at 752 Broadway (across the street was an “x” rated movie theatre). We stayed in this location for about 1 ½ years then moved to 735 St. Helens Ave. Don Barber was the President and CEO at the time.
Your first day was December 17, 1979, what do you remember from that day?
I was very nervous as I had never worked in an office before! I learned how to answer the phone that had multiple lines, and also learning new things every day about how an office operates. Back then we did not have computers that would print out mailing labels for our newsletters that we mailed every month. We had this addressograph machine that you fed the hand typed (by typewriter) address cards that you would have to ink and then let dry. These then would be filed Alpha Order by Zip Code into a tray. When it was mailing day, all those cards were stacked into the machine and the address would appear on the newsletter after running them through.
Dues billing was done by hand. The invoice had 3 carbonless copies that were hand type and we also used a peg board billing system.
I was also taking over the “volunteer” position of a gentleman who was retiring. The volunteers were called to come and help with the mailings. Some of the stories that these folks talked about were amazing! The last time the Chamber had volunteers work on the newsletters was in 2015. That year, the calendar was being sent electronically and we did away with the actual newsletter being mailed. That ended my long lasting friendship with my “Retired Senior Volunteers.” Every so often, they do come back for a special mailing, which I’m glad that they are able to do.
And now, we are celebrating your 40th anniversary working for the Chamber. What thoughts and emotions come to mind when you think about that?
I can’t even imagine that it’s been 40 years!. The months and years just flowed together. I’ve made so many friendships over the years and still keep in touch with them. The Chamber is now in its 3rd location, and I have been through 3 remodels where we are now at 950 Pacific.
I’ve been through several membership department managers in the 80’ and 90’s and have seen many staff changes over the years. Tom Pierson is the 3rd President and CEO.
I feel that the Chamber is “like my family”, always has been and always will be!
Tacoma is a growing city and a lot has changed within the 40 years - tell us about some of those changes you’ve seen that stand out to you.
Back then in the late 70’s and early 80’s, it was scary to work in downtown. Drug deals were done openly, prostitutes were on street corners and gangs and shootings were happening.
Pacific Avenue was nothing but closed-up warehouses and empty buildings.
The Luzon Building, 15th & Pacific held “Circus Circus” and the famous Bimbo’s Italian Restaurant was just a few buildings away and had “THE BEST” spaghetti sauce!
At 11th & Pacific Ave. (the KeyBank Bldg.), People’s Department store was for shopping!
At 11th & Commerce, there was Woolworth’s (a national chain). They had a great, inexpensive lunch menu where you could eat at the counter or in a booth, and shop too!
Sears was on 13th & Commerce, and then moved to the Tacoma Mall.
The UWT, the retail shops from 17th to 20th on Pacific Ave, LeMay’s Car Museum, the Tacoma Light Link Rail, Tacoma Dome Parking Station, Starbucks, The Tacoma Dome, The Hotel Murano (the old Sheraton Hotel), The Museum of Glass, The Washington State History Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Emerald Queen Casino, The Downtown Tacoma Partnership (formerly the Business Improvement Area), First Night Tacoma-Pierce County, the 509 Freeway, SpaceWorks, Downtown: On The Go, The Convention Center, the condos on Dock Street etc. etc. etc. were not even thought of 40 years ago in 1979.
Clinkerdagger Restaurant and Top of The Ocean (an actual ship on the beach) were the places to go on Ruston Way for a great dinner overlooking the waterfront. The Old Spaghetti Factory on Jefferson Avenue was always crowded for lunch and or dinner! The Greyhound Bus Station was on Pacific Ave. next to Sauro’s Dry Cleaners nears 15th St. That space is now a parking lot. Old City Hall was spectacular with some shopping and restaurants in it, along with the Elks Temple and the Spanish Steps. We also had the “Aroma of Tacoma” smell from the St. Regis Paper Co. The Asarco Smelter near Point Defiance was demolished in 1981 and some of the chamber staff and myself went with a chamber member on his sailboat to watch the demolition. It was awesome and very cold that early Sunday morning.
By 1981 the Chamber moved to 735 St. Helens Ave. which also housed the Daffodil Festival, The Economic Development Board and the Visitors Information Center. That is the year we probably did get computers! The Chamber in the early 80’s had a float in the Daffodil Parade for several years. I was able to ride in 2 parades. The first one was a wooden 6-pack (with 6 people in the 6-pack) on top of horses and the other was for the Portland Rose Festival float.
You are the first person that everyone sees when they enter the Chamber’s office - what is your favorite part of your job?
I love being the “Gate Keeper!!!!!”
And Events: I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in ALL of our Signature Events every year since the events were created! Horizon’s Economic Forecast; Annual Meeting; Business Expo, Chamber Golf Classic, Spotlight on Business Awards, South County New Educator’s Breakfast, WorkWell Awards, Chamber Orientation and Public Officials Holiday Reception
I was also included in helping with the smaller recurring monthly events. You get to meet a lot of new people over the time.
I enjoyed working on the Membership Drives that we held at 950 Pacific Ave over the many years, and the 10 years on the Total Resource Campaigns raising money for new memberships and sponsorships.
I have always been in the same position in the Membership & Marketing Departments doing what I started doing 40 years ago and also being the “Customer Experience Specialist” (receptionist).
And finally, what is your most memorable moment at the Chamber?
My most memorable event would by the newly remodel open house last week, where many Board members and the Ambassador Club members and staff announced my 40th year Anniversary, with special guest appearances of my Sister Patty, my Daughter Samantha and my Grand Daughter River Lynne!
A gift basket of my favorite things was given to me and a poster was unveiled. I’ll remember this day forever!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MY CHAMBER FRIENDS OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS!
Tacoma, WA -- The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber announces the election of four members of the board of directors to the executive committee.
Leading the executive committee as Chair for the 2019-2020 fiscal year is Clemencia Castro-Woolery. Castro-Woolery is a shareholder and co-founder of Ledger Square Law, P.S. and has served on the Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Directors for six years.
“These are exciting times for the South Sound business community as more and more businesses are discovering our unique and ever-growing economic opportunities that make the South Sound one of the best places to live and work,”
The board also elected AJ Gordon, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Growth and Strategy at SiteCrafting as Chair-Elect, Torre Hammer, partner at Moss Adams as Treasurer, and Jim Belford, Financial Representative at COUNTRY Financial as the new West Side Branch Chair.
“The importance of effective leadership can’t be overstated, and we are proud to have the top thought-leaders of the South Sound on our board of directors, representing a diverse array of businesses and organizations from our community,” said Tom Pierson, President & CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, commenting on this year’s board.
2019-2020 Executive Committee
2019-2020 Board of Directors
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Only two weeks left until South Sound Summit, the premier event for business, non-profit, and community leaders to come together and share ideas and practices for the future of our region.
Thought-provoking content, inspiring speakers, and invaluable networking opportunities.
This is the one business conference you won't want to miss!
Register today at www.southsoundsummit.com
SPEAKERS & PANELISTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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!
Advertising is often a large and frightening expense for small business budgets. The cost of placing an ad in traditional media can be astronomical, and the uncertainty of digital advertising can be unnerving, with Google Ad bidding and clicks-per-cost. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber can’t do anything about the cost of traditional advertising but has officially made digital advertising fast, easy, and affordable for its members.
By partnering with Humming Inc., a Tacoma-based technology company, the Chamber can now offer its members the use of incredible AI-powered software that streamlines the digital advertising process end-to-end for businesses of every size.
Easy to Use Platform.
A minimum of only $70 is all that is needed to start a campaign! By filling in some initial information, the platform will automatically grab some details from the user’s site and generate a search ad while providing some recommendations for display ads. Once the ad is running, the user can also their campaigns through a simplified dashboard and watch their ad’s performance in real-time. In addition, Humming will help users get the most out of ads that are working and adjust the ones that aren’t. It’s really that simple.
As a member, you can go directly to Humming to access this service, but it’s actually less expensive to go through the Chamber. And this Chamber member benefit is available now. Simply log onto to your member information center, click on “Digital Advertising” and start your campaign today!
Need help logging in? Contact Michelle Matheson, Investor Concierge, at email@example.com for more information!
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:
Social Media & Content Coordinator
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com or (253) 683-4881
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