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Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber holds annual meeting

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting today at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

In front of the about 500-person audience, chamber President and CEO Tom Pierson laid out his goals for the organization he recently joined.

October 2011

Blog watch: Trade, taxes, roadwork and aspirations

Find out more about next month's Washington Trade Conference at The Live Wire.

Check OlyBlog for a link to comments from the Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences.

October 2011

People on the Move

Lee Wojnar has been named 2011 Credit Union Advocate of the Year by the Northwest Credit Union Association. He is vice president of marketing for O Bee Credit Union.

Amy Wigstrom has been named chief advancement officer for Museum of Glass. She most recently served as executive director for the American Heart Association of Pierce County. Wigstrom also has worked as executive director of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and director of performing arts at Sun Valley Center for the Arts. She has a bachelor's degree in music education from Pacific Lutheran University.

October 2011

Home values continue to struggle

Home values in the United States showed minimal monthly appreciation during August, according to the latest Zillow Real Estate Market Report. The Zillow Home Value Index increased 0.1 percent from July to August. On a year-over-year basis, home values declined 4.5 percent to $172,600. Home values have fallen 28.3 percent since they peaked in June 2006.

The Olympia metro market saw values fall 5 percent year over year to $220,400, but values increased 0.4 percent month to month. In Tacoma, year-over-year values were off 9.9 percent to $163,200 and down 0.3 percent month to month.

October 2011

Community-based Arts Projects funding now available

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Arts Projects funding applications from eligible organizations producing publicly accessible arts programming in Tacoma in 2012. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and is used to support community projects that focus on the arts. The application deadline is Nov. 28.

A free workshop, which explains and addresses questions about the process, is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Room 1444.

October 2011

Pacific Northwest Eye relocates to 19th and West Union

Pacific Northwest Eye has completed work on its new 21,000-square-foot medical office building at 3602 S. 19th St. in Tacoma.

In addition to general ophthalmology, the doctors and surgeons provide treatment for glaucoma, cataracts, retina, diabetic eye disease, LASIK and refractive lens exchange surgeries.

The building was designed by BCRA and constructed by Bershauer Phillips.

October 2011

WTC Tacoma quadruples membership

World Trade Center Tacoma has quadrupled its membership since 2009. On Oct. 5, Brown & Haley President & CEO Pierson Clair hand-delivered the candy-makers membership check to WTC Tacoma President Anthony Hemstad to symbolically mark the milestone.

"At a time when most other similar organizations are shrinking, it is encouraging to see the WTC Tacoma thriving," said Americold's Hugh Carr, who is Chairman of WTC Tacoma's Board of Directors. "It clearly is the most dynamic international trade promotion group in the region right now."

October 2011

People on the Move

Rob Friedman has joined University of Washington Tacoma as director of the Institute of Technology. He most recently worked for New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he served simultaneously as chairman of the humanities department and director of the science, technology and society program, while holding a joint appointment with the College of Computing Sciences. Friedman has a bachelor's degree in English and financial journalism, a master's degree in fiction and a doctorate in American literature.

Jennifer Biggs, a certified physician assistant, has joined Sound Family Medicine. She has a master's degree in PA studies from the Samuel Merritt University for MPA in Oakland, Calif. and bachelor's degrees in biology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and anthropology/Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

October 2011

Alaska Street arterial improvement project under way

Work to reconstruct Alaska Street from South 56th Street to South 72nd Street has begun. The project will include replacement of utility lines underneath the street, including stormwater, sanitary sewer and water mains, as well as new amenities that are part of the Complete Streets Guidelines, including sidewalks, curb ramps, bike lanes and pedestrian islands.

The City of Tacoma and the Transportation Improvement Board executed a grant agreement for $5 million for the project. This stretch of Alaska Street has a total length of 5,400 feet and currently has an oil mat surface that lacks curbs, gutters, sidewalks, bike lanes, storm drainage and adequate lighting.

October 2011

'There's a bulb for that'

Tacoma Power is giving out compact fluorescent lights during three upcoming events to show that there's an energy-efficient bulb for almost every fixture in the house.

CFLs last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs and use 75 percent less energy. At the events, people can:

October 2011
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