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Register Now for the 2016 EDB Annual Meeting, March 2, featuring Keynote Speaker Ali Modares

Nominate projects for the 2016 Excellent 10 List!

US Open a boon to Pierce County and a big economic win for the region

EDB Board votes to support $12 minimum wage alternative for Tacoma

Rep. Kilmer announces new grant funding for Small Businesses

Sound Physicians Corporate Headquarters to remain in Tacoma!

2016-2020 EDB Work Program: Compete. Every Day. Forever.  

Wellspring 2014 clean water technology conference materials

Pierce County Aerospace Supplier Guide website

Pierce County Skills Center teaches composites skills to high school students

Water Works Here website launches

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Register Now for the EDB Annual Meeting, March 2, 2016

 Golden Shovel

This year's annual meeting will feature Dr. Ali Modarres, Urban Studies Director at UWT, as Keynote
Speaker. Dr. Modarres is data rich, funny, and provocative. He will challenge luncheon guests to think about
the South Sound's economy in terms of how we stack up against the rest of the Puget Sound and other
economies across the country; reflect on changes to the local economy following the end of the Great
Recession; talk talent and real estate; and expand on exciting new research.

And don't miss the EDB's unveiling of the Excellent 10 List for 2015, annual business retention and recruitment
results, and the winner of the Golden Shovel Award.



Century Theater Point Ruston opens its doors as the centerpiece of the latest Point Ruston Project

Century Point Ruston ticket tear




Gov. Inslee unveils SR 167 Construction signs at Port of Tacoma, cites high wage job growth

Gov. Inslee SR 167 signage

Governor Inslee (right) is joined by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy (middle) and Port Commissioner Don Johnson at the Port of Tacoma Fabulich Center to unveil the new construction signage for the SR 167 project, as well as the I-5 JBLM congestion relief and I-5 Port of Tacoma Road projects - citing more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs that will result from the economic activity projected from these important State investments.   The State's historic investment in transportation will greatly improve freight mobility in and around the Port of Tacoma and drive economic activity for decades to come. 


Northwest Innovation Works announces it is doubling its investment in Tacoma to $3.4 billion

NWIW Luncheon 9.21

Professor Wu Lebin (third from right), Chairman of the Chinese Academy of Science Holdings Co, a major partner of Northwest InnovationWorks, announces the plans to use new "ultra low emission" technology double the planned size of the new methanol plant here in Tacoma.  It will now be a $3.4 billion capital investment, with 1000 construction jobs and 250 permanent jobs once the plant is at full capacity.   NWIW also announced the opening of a new Tacoma office.  




EDB Investors attend the inaugural ceremony of the Joint Working Group for Trade and
Investment Cooperation Between Chinese Provinces and Washington State

China Washington Trade Event

During the Washington State visit from President Xi of the People's Republic of China along with his delegation, a
handful of EDB Investors joined the EDB and the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce to meet with representatives from several key Chinese provinces to hear about their interests in investing in Washington and
partnering with local industry on developing new technology around clean energy, advanced materials and information technology.  Chinese and State of Washington officials signed several agreements to coordinate these efforts. 

Pictured above, Bill Gates (fourth from right), Chairman of Terrapower - a next generation nuclear energy research
firm - poses for a photo after signing an MOU to work with Chinese provinces to develop their clean energy programs.  




The Economic Development Board announces support for the Trans Pacific Partnership

Trans Pacific Partnership

The EDB Board of DIrectors voted unanimously to support the successful completion of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.  Click here to see the official resolution passed on September 15, 2015.  For more information on how the Trans Pacific Partnership will benefit the Pierce County and State economy click here.  


The Northwest Seaport Alliance officially unveiled as Ports of Tacoma and Seattle approve historic partnership

The Northwest Seaport Alliance


Michael Putnam is first to tee off to commence the 2015 U.S. Open Championship

Michael Putnam Chambers Bay



Construction for US Open at Chambers Bay beginning to take shape

Chambers Bay US Open construction



 Miss the EDB Annual Meeting?  See the replay here, including the US  Open presentation!



 2015 Excellent 10 list announced at EDB Annual Meeting March 4


Pictured above: the new UW Tacoma YMCA located on Market Street in Downtown Tacoma.
A full list of winners is available at the link above.  



Seaport Alliance awarded the 2015 Golden Shovel Award at EDB Annual Meeting

Golden Shovel

Pictured above from left to right: Troy Goodman, Targa Sound Terminal and EDB Board Chair; Bill Bryant, Port of Seattle Commissioner; Don Johnson, Port of Tacoma Commissioner; Bruce Kendal, EDB President and CEO.


GKN Aerospace announces new plant in Sumner to supply wingtips for the 737MAX
GKN Sumner WA


Columbia Bank makes Forbes list of the nation's Top 20 Banks

Columbia Bank



Niagara Bottling LLC cuts the ribbon on its new Frederickson bottling plant

Niagara Bottling ribbon cutting

Niagara Bottling LLC founder Andy Peykoff Sr., and President Andy Peykoff Jr. are joined by Pierce County
Executive Pat McCarthy, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon on the new
311,000 square foot bottling and manufacturing facility in Frederickson completing a $50 million private capital
investment which has created 60 new jobs so far.  


Pierce County's Northwest Door flexes its global muscles with a shipment to Saudi Arabia made possible by the Export Import Bank.   Northwest Door



EDB and Pierce County attend the Farnborough Air Show with Governor Inslee

Pierce County, EDB, Susan Suess, Kevin Clegg, Governor Inslee
Susan Suess, EDB Sr. Vice President (middle), and Kevin Clegg, Pierce County Special Assistant to the Executive for Business Services (far left), attend the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom with the Governor Inslee (middle) and Brian Bonlender, Director of the Washington State Dept. of Commerce (far right).  Kevin and Susan are meeting one on one with aerospace firms from around the world as well as marketing the robust supply chain here in Pierce County to firms that are looking for new suppliers.  The Farnborough Air Show is one of the largest air shows in world - the 2012 show had over 1500 exhibiting aerospace firms from around the globe. 

Boeing Frederickson to manufacture 777X composite tail piece


BNY Mellon decides to stay in downtown Tacoma, renews lease!

BNY Mellon and Hotel Murano

BNY Mellon renewed its lease at their building on Broadway Plaza (seen at left with the Hotel Murano in the background).  With more than 170 employees, BNY Mellon is one of Tacoma's top 25 for-profit employers and has been operating in this location since 1999.  

See the EDB press release here