It’s an EDB tradition to get together with 560 of our closest friends to fete local business. This year we kicked off the event by awarding the 2017 Golden Shovel to Point Ruston. Through the vision of father-son developer team, Mike and Loren Cohen, the former SuperFund site has become a hot destination featuring dining, shopping, sweeping views, a plush movie theatre, and luxury condominiums. Next, Dr. Bill Conerly used his wit to teach us what it means to have a “flexible stance in a boom/bust economy.”
After unveiling the 2017 EDB Excellent 10, we wrapped up our annual celebration of development happening around Pierce County.
The 38th Annual Meeting of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County was held March 2, 2016, at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.
The Force was with us.
In economic development “the Force” is the collective work we do to recruit and retain high-wage jobs in Tacoma-Pierce County. The more than 500 business, community and government leaders in attendance are all part of the network of private and public companies and organizations that deliver on this promise.
The EDB just completed a 13 month capital campaign called Compete Every Day Forever that raised more than $6 million to fund our work program for the next five years. The board thanks all who stepped up and became EDB investors. For the few of you who are still pondering your commitment – please know, our door is wide open and the welcome mat is out!
Watch on PCTV: Pierce County TV’s broadcast of the meeting on YouTube, or catch the rebroadcast on Channel 22 on Mondays at 5 p.m.; Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; and Saturdays at 10 p.m.
Golden Shovel: This year’s winners are connected to … what else? The U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. Click here for the winners.
Keynote presentation:Click here to be taken to the UWT Urban Studies’ Community Resource page. Dr. Modarres’ presentation is the first link!
Since 1978, the private nonprofit EDB has worked with job and wealth-creating companies to grow the economy of the South Sound and Washington State, USA. In the past five years alone, the EDB has helped recruit or retain 3,338 jobs; generated $189 million in wages and salaries; and enabled $252 million in private capital investment.
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