Mar 9, 201805:38 PMBlog
Economic Development Board to discuss future of region
On Mar. 8, a collection of local leaders and change-makers gathered at the Tacoma Convention Center to discuss the economic future of Pierce County. The Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County is a nonprofit established to promote and stimulate the Pierce County economy.
The luncheon featured numerous prominent community members both on the stage, and in attendance.
President and CEO of EDB, Bruce Kendall, spoke about helping grow high wage jobs in the region. Kendall also announced the winners of the Excellent 10, or “the Oscars of the EDB” as he referred to the awards. The winners of the Excellent 10 included 7 Seas Brewing Co., the American Job Center at JBLM, Behavioral Health Center, Foothills Trail, Infoblox, Lakewood-Tacoma Logistics Center, New Sound Transportation, Readiness Acceleration and Innovation Network Incubator, Union Club, and Wilcox Farms.
The winner of the prestigious Golden Shovel Award, not announced until yesterday, was the University of Washington Tacoma. UW Tacoma was honored for its diverse student body, its contributions to downtown Tacoma, its economy, and its impressive growth.
The meeting closed with a lively panel discussion on the topic, “innovation works,” which discussed preparing the Pierce County workforce for high wage jobs. The panel included: Andrew Fry, assistant director of industry partnerships at the Institute of Technology of UW Tacoma; Debbie Lee, CEO of Tool Gauge; Dona Ponepinto, president and CEO of United Way of Pierce County; and Carla Santorno superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. The panel was moderated by Tom Layson, managing editor for KBTC.