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Tacoma foundation dishes out $225,000

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has awarded more than $225,000 to 41 non-profit organizations serving Pierce County.
This is the second of two grantmaking cycles for the foundation in 2008, bringing the total of grants awarded this year to more than $570,000.

January 2009
Ceremony marks Goodwill center halfway point

Ceremony marks Goodwill center halfway point

A beam signed by Goodwill Industries staff members and others involved in the creation of the new Milgard Work Opportunity Center in Tacoma, went up today and its placement marks the halfway point of construction on the project.

January 2009

Blog Watch: banks and buyers remorse

Lacey-based biz blogger Ken Balsley made note of the number of banks located in the county at a time when banks are reportedly struggling and a new one is entering the market. Welcome, Golf Bank. Balsley notes that the county has 76 bank or credit union branches, with 28 different names.

The AWB has an item on the planned repeal of the well-supported but not-funded paid family leave plan. The issue is being revisited as the state faces a slump and dollars aren't as available for government programs as they were just a few months ago.

January 2009

Future takes shape for job training effort

A "beam-signing" ceremony at the Milgard Work Opportunity Center will mark the halfway point of construction on the project. Work on the 63,000 square foot, four-level facility began in June and it is scheduled to be completed in fall 2009.
The event, for Tacoma Goodwill employees, will take place Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the new building, located at South 27th Street and Tacoma Avenue. For the past several weeks, staff members have had the opportunity to sign the final beam that will be placed on the building.
"The building represents our future, but it's the partnerships we've created and what goes on inside the facility that's the real story," said Bob Bruback, president of the Tacoma Goodwill Board of Directors. "It will support our efforts to train and place people in jobs."

January 2009

Insurance advice for winter storm victims

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler advises business owners to assess their property damage after the latest winter storm and take steps to mitigate any further damage, if possible.

"When it's safe to do so, survey your property and determine the extent of damage you've suffered, if any," said Kreidler. "Before you file a claim, check your policy to see what's covered and the amount of your deductible. You may want to make the repairs yourself. But if you have substantial damage, contact your agent or company as soon as possible."

January 2009
People on the move

People on the move

A solitary billboard overlooks a Pacific Avenue parking lot in the shadow of Russell Investments' A Street headquarters. It speaks a message all of Tacoma had been thinking: "Russell - Don't love me and leave me!"

When people in Tacoma heard international finance giant Russell was considering moving its headquarters, and its 3,000 employees, 30 miles north to Seattle, there was pandemonium. LeRoy Jewelers, known for the unique jewelry created by owner Steph Farber and his unique billboard ads created by JayRay, a Tacoma communications consultancy, took the thought of Russell leaving town to heart. It put up its billboard. The Russell billboard snagged their attention. In addition to being the topic of media attention people stopped in to LeRoy just to say they'd seen the billboard.

January 2009

Damage tally from Pierce flooding grows

The Pierce County Damage Assessment Call Center is open for property owners and businesses to report damages associated with last week's flooding. Business owners affected by the flooding should call the Department of Emergency Management damage call center at 1-866-798-6363 during regular business hours.

January 2009

Legislative session began today, promises tough talk

State lawmakers returned to work today to begin a legislative session that promises to be tough as budgets shrink because of the drop in tax revenue during the downturn and demand for services increases as more workers find themselves in unemployment lines.

Early debate and predictions are already forecasting that the 105-day session will be extended well into June since there are so many issues to tackle and so few dollars available to fund programs and projects.

January 2009

Plumbing partnership links vets with jobs

Washington National Guard members and new veterans now have another pathway for pursuing meaningful employment. In an effort to fill vacancies in the trades industry, the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters forged a strategic team of organizations to provide veterans and guard members with a fast track to a high-demand industry.

January 2009

Goodwill joins E-Cycle effort Friday

Starting Jan. 2, Tacoma Goodwill will be a major participant in the statewide E-Cycle Washington effort.

Goodwill will accept all electronic equipment -- including keyboards, printers, other peripherals and cell phones. Donations to the nonprofit agency are also tax deductible.

December 2008
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