They came for the lifestyle and the workforce
WHEN ROD RASMUSSEN AND LARS HARVEY co-founded cybersecurity firm Internet Identity (IID) some 18 years ago, Rasmussen, a Washington native, had to convince Harvey that relocating from the San Francisco Bay area to Tacoma was a good move.
“There were two main factors that brought us here,” Harvey said. “Lifestyle and cost of living, and the promise of the University of Washington Tacoma to provide a workforce that would suit our needs when the time came.”
Brewery boom just one more reason to love us
- In December 2015, Gig Harbor-based 7 Seas Brewingpurchased and moved into its second location, an 80,000-square-foot space in the historic Heidelberg Brewery in downtown Tacoma. They began brewing at the location in April 2016 and opened a taproom a few months later. In addition to expanded production and distribution to solidify its strong northwest regional presence, 7 Seas has retail enhancements in the works, including the addition of a rooftop deck in 2018 at its Tacoma location. In a few months, 7 Seas will add brewing production in Gig Harbor.
- Later this year, Pacific Brewing and Malting will move production to a pair of buildings in Tacoma’s old brewing district. American Brewing Co., purchased by Pacific in 2015, will also move production from Edmonds to the new buildings on Jefferson Ave. The ample space will allow for a future taproom and room to grow.
- On the spirits front, Gig Harbor-based Heritage Distilling Co. expanded operations from being a local retailer to an international exporter.
EDB welcomes Jenn Adrien, EDB communications VP
The EDB is pleased to welcome Jenn Adrien, the EDB’s new communications VP.
Adrien, a fifth-generation Tacoman, comes to the EDB from the world of academia. She was most recently manager of operations for the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility, and looks forward to bringing that lens to the EDB.
Adrien will lead the EDB’s communications efforts via social media, website optimization, story development for media outlets, event coordination and more to tell the world the South Sound is the best place to grow and create jobs.
Karl Anderson receives Milgard Lifetime Achievement Award
The EDB congratulates Karl Anderson, chairman of Tacoma’s Concrete Technology Corp., and recent recipient of the University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business Lifetime Achievement Award.