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Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014 - 14:17

Equity & Empowerment Budget Planning

At this week's City Council study session a representative from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity will provide an overview on what equity is, and how to use the information in the budgeting process for the 2015-2016 biennial budget.


Now Reading: After a century, Tacoma-based Lucks Food Decorating Co. has become a respected, international brand

July 28, 2014 - 13:57

There are some Tacoma businesses that we hear about all the time, and there are some we seldom, if ever hear about. That doesn't mean that we're not interested, it just means that they're quietly going about their business.

Lucks Food Decorating Company is one of them. Apparently they've been

“In God We Trust?”

July 28, 2014 - 10:45

Pierce County Councilman Jim McCune wants to make Pierce County the first in Washington State to put the words "In God we trust" on the wall of its council chambers.

McCune's proposal comes as a California group is working to get the national motto displayed in government buildings across the

Prairie Line Trail Plans Move Forward, With a Few Unexpected Issues

July 25, 2014 - 12:52

With work well underway on the UWT Station section of the Prairie Line Trail, City design plans are moving forward as well - and finding a few unexpected issues.

The City is now working on finalizing plans for the northern third of the one (ish) mile pedestrian and bike corridor that will connect

Envisioning Tacoma

July 25, 2014 - 09:25

What's your vision for Tacoma? That's what the City of Tacoma wants to know.

The City is reaching out to citizens on a number of fronts to engage citizens in the discussion of what Tacoma's future looks like in a strategic visioning process meant to identify and prioritize goals for Tacoma's

Every-Other-Week Trash Pick-Up Update

July 24, 2014 - 12:33

The City of Tacoma reports that the switch to every-other-week garbage pick-up is meeting goals for cost-savings and greenhouse gas reduction.

The every-other-week program, rolled out last year is cutting City fuel costs by 44%, for about $163,000 saved over the course of the year, according to a

Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 22, 2014

July 23, 2014 - 09:42



Resolution No. 38960 A resolution authorizing the execution of an Interlocal Agreement with the Port of Tacoma; accepting $601,949 in grant funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for the replacement of one switcher locomotive. [Alan Matheson, Chief

Now Reading: Would someone please articulate an economic plan for Tacoma?

July 23, 2014 - 08:47

Ken Miller has a kind of dark take on Tacoma's economic outlook in an op-ed piece in The News Tribune.

From where Miller sits, Tacoma is doing okay for now - not great, but okay - but all that could change. Miller looks at the uncertain future of what he identifies as Tacoma's two big economic

Now Reading: Shaw House: A Tacoma architect’s home and idea lab could soon be a local historic landmark

July 22, 2014 - 14:22

The 113-year-old home of Tacoma architect Stanley T. Shaw is being considered for inclusion on the Tacoma Register of Historic places.

It's not a big piece of history, but sometimes it's the little stories, not the big ones that really give you a sense of place. Todd Matthews over at the Tacoma

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 - 13:13

Construction Projects

At this week's study session, Tacoma City Council will hear an update on the various construction projects currently underway around Tacoma, as well as recently completed projects. ...

Another Tacoma Totem Pole Comes Down

July 22, 2014 - 10:26

Another totem pole in Tacoma is coming down, although so far this one has drawn less controversy than the Tacoma Totem Pole in Fireman's Park did.

The totem pole at Portland Avenue Park is not nearly as old as the Fireman's Park pole, nor does it play a prominent role in Tacoma's history. It does,

Now Reading: Tacoma rebounds

July 21, 2014 - 11:00

Althought Tacoma's economy took a bigger hit with the economic downturn, and although it has recovered more slowly, things are improving.

A Seattle Times article over the weekend takes a look at current economic conditions in Tacoma and Pierce County, and compares them to Seattle and King County,

Bob’s Java Jive Added to National Register of Historic Places

July 17, 2014 - 11:39

Bob's Java Jive, the classic coffee pot-shaped building on South Tacoma Way, has been placed on the national register of historic places.

The News Tribune reports that the uniquely shaped 85-year-old landmark has officially been added to the register for its architectural significance. The Java Jive has been on the Tacoma Register of Historic places for a number of years now, a designation which has protected it from demolition. This adds...

Tacoma City Council Meeting - July 15, 2014

July 16, 2014 - 13:15


Mayor Strickland read a recognition for Simpson Kraft and RockTenn in recognition of Simpson’s civic and business leadership in its decades in Tacoma, and RockTenn’s intent to continue that legacy. The recognition acknowledged Simpson’s

Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides

July 16, 2014 - 06:44

Sometimes an attempt at a compromise just ends up making nobody happy. That seems to be the case in a recent decision by Tacoma's Hearing Examiner on the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion.

Last month's finding of the Hearing Examiner aimed for a compromise on the event venue, allowing weddings and other

Now Reading: How machine learning is saving lives while saving hospitals money

July 15, 2014 - 09:47

The Center for Data Science may be one of the less well-known departments at UW Tacoma, but it's doing some interesting and valuable work that is really putting the University on the map.

One project is a machine learning program developed in partnership with Multicare that could help hospitals

Vote for Tacoma Fire Department’s Chicken en Croute

July 15, 2014 - 08:49

All those votes for Tacoma Fire's video on Good Morning America last week worked, and moved the team from Station 12 to the final round. That final round includes several different competitions between Tacoma's firefighters, and their competition.

You can help Tacoma out with your vote again today. This time it's a recipe competition - Tacoma Fire's chicken en croûte recipe vs ...

Learn About the City’s Budget, Submit Your Own Recommendations

July 14, 2014 - 14:57

A new round of Community Budget Input meetings on the City of Tacoma's 2015-2016 budget-setting process kicks off tonight with a meeting for residents of District 3. At these meetings residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the City's projected $6 million budget shortfall for the next biennium, and some ideas for fixing it, as well has learn more about the deferred maintenance and other expenses that could significantly increase that shortfall.

You can also catch a video, starring City Manager TC Broadnax, explaining ...

Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of July 15, 2014

July 14, 2014 - 11:50

Human Services Strategic Plan

At this week's study session the City Council will hear a presentation from Neighborhood and Community Services staff on the proposed Human Services Strategic Plan. The City's Human Services Plan identifies the City's role in human services, funding priorities, and

Congratulations 2014 New Tacoma Award Winners!

July 11, 2014 - 14:24

At a luncheon today the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber celebrated the winners of its 2014 New Tacoma Awards.

The Ghilarducci Award recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification went to Foss Waterway Seaport’s Rehabilitation - The Seaport has transformed the historic Balfour