Archive of: Tacoma

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Slow food coming fast

Shoppers' comments will be heeded this year as the Tacoma Farmers Markets alter market schedules. Opening earlier than ever - both the Downtown and 6th Avenue markets will begin the first week of May.

"This will enable our customers to jump-start their edible gardens with plant starts that include popular varieties which are hand nurtured here in western Washington, including; heirloom tomatoes, rhubarb, peppers, green onions, Walla Walla onions, chard, flowers and a host of other plants," said Laura Edwards, market director.

March 2011

Around the Sound

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is hosting Healthy Breakfast Showcase from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 22 at Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway. The event will include presentation of the Pierce County WorkWell Healthy Workplace Designation Awards. Click here for more information.

South Sound Regional Business Incubator is hosting "Building a Financially Healthy Business - Avoid the Pitfalls!" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 22 at 402 S. 333rd St., Federal Way. Cheri Pieterman, a business banker with more than 25 years of experience, will provide tools, tips and techniques that every business owner needs to know and understand to grow and succeed. Registration is required. RSVP to Cosette Gibson-Pfaff at (253) 929-1500.

March 2011

January jobless rates fall compared to 2010

Unemployment rates were lower in January than a year earlier in 282 of the 372 metropolitan areas, including Tacoma and Olympia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The jobless rate in Tacoma was 10.4 percent, less than 11.3 percent during January 2010 but up from 9.1 percent during December. In Olympia, unemployment was 8.7 percent during January, down from 9.3 percent a year earlier but up from 7.7 percent the previous month.

March 2011

Sewer repairs near South 15th & Market will block streets for about a week

Traffic will be diverted in the vicinity of South 15th and Market streets in Tacoma for about a week while crews repair a sewer main that collapsed March 15.

Traffic is expected to be closed on Market Street between South 13th Street and South 15th Street, and along South 15th Street between Fawcett Avenue and Broadway.

March 2011

OptumHealth, MultiCare launch mobile mental health clinic

OptumHealth and MultiCare Health System have teamed up to provide a mobile medical clinic to help community mental health agencies deliver primary care services.

The mobile clinic is designed to lower barriers to physician care - such as transportation challenges, stigma and funding issues - often faced by those with serious mental illness.

March 2011

Tacoma company among civic award honorees

Tucci & Son's Inc. of Tacoma was among the companies honored for its civic contributions by Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Reed presented GLY Construction with a Corporations for Communities award, which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make community a priority. GLY Construction President/CEO Jim Karambelas received a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award. The Medallion recognizes voter education efforts, civic engagement, government services and a commitment to giving back in the community.

March 2011

Parking Management Advisory Task Force seeks new member

If you are interested in the future of parking in downtown Tacoma, the Parking Management Advisory Task Force is looking for a new member to help make decisions and recommendations regarding the downtown parking system. 



The current duties of the task force include providing oversight for the recently introduced paid on-street parking program, but it might grow to include the city's off-street parking facilities. There is a current need for residents to participate, as well as owners/managers of commercial properties and restaurant operators.

March 2011

People on the Move

Scott A. Shelton has been named to the LPL Financial Chairman's Club. The distinction is awarded to less than 2 percent of the firm's 12,000 advisers nationwide. Shelton, who is managing partner and an independent financial adviser at Westgate Capital Consultants LLC, has received the award for 11 consecutive years.

Liz O'Brien-Yang has joined Umpqua Bank as vice president and relationship manager for the commercial banking division. O'Brien-Yang has more than 20 years of experience in commercial banking, revolving credit lines and term loan financing. Most recently she was vice president and portfolio manager of U.S. Bank's commercial banking group.

March 2011

Employee pay, surplus property on port commissioners agenda

At their March 17 meeting, Port of Tacoma commissioners will consider changes to this year's pay for non-represented employees.

Proposed changes to the employee pay program for this year include a $1,000 one-time lump sum for eligible employees for meeting the port's overall financial goals and no cost of living increases for non-union employees.

March 2011

Batter up - for ballpark jobs

Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club will hold a job fair March 19 in search of ticket takers, ushers and other workers for the 2011 season.

"The Tacoma Rainiers are seeking hardworking and customer-service oriented individuals to work at the newly renovated Cheney Stadium," said Terry A. Hayes, president & CEO of the job-training and placement agency handling the job fair.

March 2011
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