Archive of: Tacoma

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Port of Tacoma hosting free bus tour

Ever wonder how clothes, electronics and toys get from a ship to store shelves? Find out during the Port of Tacoma's first free bus tour of the year on Feb. 11.

The guided tour will highlight how containers of consumer goods are unloaded from ships and put onto rail cars or trucks to head to market, creating some of the 43,000 local jobs related to Port activity.

January 2010

Registration open for apprenticeship conference

Early registration has begun for the first Pacific Northwest Apprenticeship Education Conference on May 19-20 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

The conference is intended for apprenticeship program leaders, policymakers, trade groups, nonprofit leaders, and educators. K-12 teachers are eligible to receive clock hours for their attendance.

January 2010

Tacoma mayor calls for B&O review

In the first formal visit by the city's top elected for eight years, Mayor Marilyn Strickland told directors of Tacoma Pierce County Chamber this morning that she wants their help to study the local Business & Occupation tax.

"We don't have a reputation as a good place to do business," said Strickland, "and it's time for us to sit down and look at how we can change that."

She also stressed the importance of improving the perception of Tacoma's public school system because that tends to send homebuyers to surrounding communities, instead of locating within the city limits.

January 2010

Port sets deadline for executive search proposals

The Port of Tacoma has issued a request for proposals from executive search firms to help find a new port staff leader.

Electronic proposals from qualified firms are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 10. A full description of proposal requirements is available on the port Web site.

January 2010

Contractor begins construction on expanded wharf

Manson Construction of Seattle will drive the first of 361 concrete piling today as work begins on the Blair Waterway to expand a Washington United Terminals wharf at the Port of Tacoma.
The $31 million project will extend an existing berth by 600 feet to support two large new cranes the Hyundai Merchant Marine-owned terminal added during January 2009. The larger wharf and "super post-Panamax" cranes will be able to serve the world's largest ships.

January 2010

People on the Move

AGC of Washington has elected its 2010 slate of officers and board members, including a number of Pierce County contractors. Joining the board of trustees are Cedric "Butch" Brooks, Woodworth and Co. (Tacoma) and Jeff Stroud, Mountain Construction Inc. (Tacoma).
Scot McQueen has joined GeoEngineers as applied technology manager. He has 14 years of leadership experience designing and developing GIS and IT applications for government agencies, large private firms and publicly funded research institutes around the world.

Tacoma Water's current deputy superintendent, Linda McCrea, will take over as superintendent, starting Feb. 1. She replaces John Kirner, who has served as the Water superintendent since 2004, and has worked for Tacoma Public Utilities for 27 years.

January 2010

Blog Watch: Haiti, awards, outdoors and legislation

Relief efforts for Haiti continue. Exit 133 has a listing of restaurants where you can dine and drink while still contributing to the cause.

Know a business that deserves recognition for helping to revitalize downtown Tacoma? Visit the BIA blog and submit a nomination for the 2010 New Tacoma Awards.

January 2010

12 Tacoma businesses pass overservice checks

No overservice violations were found during a Jan, 22 citywide joint undercover investigation conducted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board and the Tacoma Police Department.

Two teams of officers checked 12 Tacoma liquor licensed businesses to determine if any were selling alcohol to apparently intoxicated customers, or allowing apparently intoxicated customers to continue to consume alcohol.

January 2010

Once Upon A Child achieves 'Gold Standard'

Once Upon A Child in Tacoma, located at 3815H S Steele St., has been recognized for achieving "Gold Standard" status for customer experience, store operations and consistent brand identity in 2009.

The store, which is owned by Jamie Williams and buys and sells gently used children's items, is one of more than 230 franchise locations in North America.

January 2010

Blasting scheduled on former Kaiser Tideflats site

People in northeast Tacoma, Fife and on the Tideflats might hear a boom this afternoon as Port of Tacoma contractors use light explosives on the former Kaiser Aluminum site on the east side of the Blair Waterway.

This is the first of a series of detonations -- about one or two a day -- planned this week and possibly into next to decommission deep wells that once provided water to the former aluminum plant.

January 2010
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