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Pierce budget punches new holes for belt tightening

The core functions of Pierce County government will stay largely intact in a 2009 budget that reflects the current economic downturn and drop in tax revenue to fund those services.

The County Council unanimously approved its version of the $854.5 million plan last night.

"Our core services - public safety, criminal justice and transportation - were left whole in this budget," said Council Chair Terry Lee, who noted that road improvements scheduled for next year will continue as planned. "Unfortunately, that meant that our other departments and programs had to take a more serious cut."

November 2008

People on the move

Washington State Tourism Commission has elected Kimberly Bennett, CEO of the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau, to serve as co-chair of the commission. She takes over the role from Kris Watkins of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau. Washington State Tourism Commission co-chairs are elected to serve for one-year.
 
The Museum of Glass is the recipient of the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Annual Award for 2008. The award was presented to Museum of Glass Director Timothy Close at the Sculpture Objects and Functional Art exposition in Chicago. AACG is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to further the development and appreciation of art made from glass. 

November 2008

Trufant Foundation aims to tackle dropout issues

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant and his Trufant Family Foundation, which is located in Tacoma, have announced a partnership with CHOICES Education Group for a second year to help keep teens in school. The two nonprofit organizations will collaborate once again on an NFL season-long campaign to raise public awareness and funding to support CHOICES and the Trufant Family Foundation.

November 2008

People on the move

Diane Bingaman has joined Landes Mertz & Co. as a tax manager. Bingaman has a broad base of compliance experience, including federal and multi-state individual and  small business returns. Her specialized area of interest is not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Capital Centennial Rotary Club. She is a 2008 graduate of LEAD Thurston County and currently serves as the treasurer for South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.

November 2008

Tacoma Mission merges with lender group

Tacoma Rescue Mission has announced it has merged with Need-A-Break Services, a Tacoma-based nonprofit that helps low-income clients cover expenses associated with home repair, auto repair, household needs and living supplies. Need-A-Break will become an operating unit of the Tacoma Rescue Mission, resulting in operating efficiencies and expanded services to the poor.

November 2008

Boeing employee harvest 2 million meals

Three area food distributors recently accepted donations of nearly $400,000 from The Boeing Co., Boeing employees and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound.

The three distributors accepted the contributions during the annual Boeing employees' Food & Essentials drive. The donations will generate nearly 2 million meals for the region or enough to feed about 5,600 families of four for a month.

Boeing representatives announced the results during a celebration event at Northwest Harvest's warehouse in Kent. Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest and the Emergency Food Network, all of which distribute resources to Puget Sound food banks, accepted the checks.

November 2008

Not-for-profits expect the economy to worsen

In a survey of chief financial officers and senior comptrollers in the not-for-profit industry, conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, 42 percent expect the economy to worsen during the next six months, while 45 percent say it will remain the same. More than 80 percent say employee benefit costs is their greatest pricing pressure.

October 2008

Regence employees donate despite economy

The weakening economy did not keep Regence BlueShield employees from donating more of their own money this year to nonprofits. Regence employees pledged more than $1.6 million, which will grow to $2.47 million with the company match system. Last year, employees donated about $1 million.

October 2008

2008 Preservation Awards announced

Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission has released its list of 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Award recipients. This list recognizes preservation efforts for exceptional residential restorations, grassroots efforts and stewards of historic properties.

October 2008

Goodwill to appeal L&I fine

The state Department of Labor and Industries has fined Tacoma Goodwill Industries $49,800 for safety violations that contributed to the April 15 death of employee Nicholas Miller.

October 2008
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