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Posted on: June 15, 2016

RallyPoint/6 - Guiding Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families to Their Next Objective

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Photo courtesy of Matty Photography
Over one million service members will leave the military and make the transition to civilian life in the course of the next five years. That’s a lot of boots being traded for work shoes. RallyPoint/6 (RP/6) is helping current service members, veterans and military-connected families through that transition so they can reach their “next objective”.

When RP/6 founders and Army veterans, Anne Sprute and R. J. Naugle, left their careers in the military, they faced a jumble of programs designed to help with the transition. It’s not that there was a lack of programs or organizations willing to help. In fact, there was an overwhelming assortment of them. After navigating their way through the process they decided there had to be a better way.

Volunteering to serve their country taught them that things only get done if someone steps up to do the work. Seeing a need, they set out to design a system that would help guide people to their best outcomes. Their goal was to create a resource that veterans and soon-to-be veterans and their families, could use to find “the right front door” – someplace that could help them find the shortest path to the next stage in their lives.

The organization doesn’t provide direct services, rather, they are a point of access, a connector to other organizations. RP/6 has developed a four-phase process they call the SCOUT Program. Each client is paired with a “Scout” who will be their partner throughout the journey. First, they help the client “Get Centered.” They use a structured set of questions to determine where the individual is in their life. That way the Scout can understand them and the best way to start their journey. RP/6 has also developed cloud-based technology to aid with the individualized assessments.

Next, the client “Gets Focused.” They develop an action plan, based on their individual assessment, which charts the steps needed to reach their goal. The plan considers not only their career goals, but also the needs of their family, their eligibility for programs, and the best service options for their unique situation.

Once an action plan is developed, it’s time to “Get Targeted.” Decisions are made about which partner organizations will provide the best fit, checklists are created to help keep the client on track, and their Scout helps keep them motivated and focused.

The final step is to “Get Connected.” The Scout helps them make contact with the right organization, and then stays in touch with all parties to confirm that services are provided, that quality standards are met, and that clients reach their objectives.

RP/6 helped over 2,500 people through their military transition in 2015, and so far this year has worked with 2,000 more. Chief Operations Officer Kylee Durant estimates that with their current facility and staff, RP/6 could assist over 4,500 annually. Durant stresses that vets should not see transition to civilian life as a matter of entitlement. Much of RP/6’s work, says Durant, is teaching veterans how to “show up as the most skilled worker, don’t show up as a veteran first.” They help vets translate their military experience into civilian life.

In partnership with the USO, the RP/6 model is being replicated across the country. To learn more about RP/6, take a tour and meet their team. They can always use donations, volunteers, and more partners. Once you meet them, you will be inspired by their story.

To learn more about RP/6, visit its website at www.rp6.org. To arrange a tour, contact Taylor Rowell at (253) 777-0556.


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Posted on: June 15, 2016

Doing Business in Pierce County - Baker Manufacturing, Inc.

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Baker Manufacturing, Inc., is an employee and customer focused business committed to being an industry leader in quality of products, on-time delivery, and customer satisfaction. It has been in Pierce County since 1970 when Dave Baker founded the aerospac...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

Forgivable Loan Program to Assist in Aerospace Job Creation

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In response to the shortage of skilled workforce available to our local aerospace sector, Pierce County developed a program called the Aerospace Job Creation and Training (AJCT) loan program. Aerospace industry employers filling new jobs with low- to mode...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

It’s been one year since we hosted the U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since we hosted the U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay! Enjoy this video where we reminisce about the event.

Posted on: February 25, 2016

2015 U.S. Open Championship Tallies $134 Million in Regional Economic Impact

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Pierce County and neighboring counties realized a $134 million boost in total economic impact from the U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association at Chambers Bay Golf Course June 15-21, 2015, a recent study reveals.

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Posted on: February 25, 2016

Doing Business in Pierce County

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Centerforce is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) Community Rehabilitation agency that connects people with disabilities (clients) to their communities through work. Executive Director Debby Graham, dedicated staff, and an energetic Board of Directors, have g...Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2015

Helping Existing Companies Thrive and Grow

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One of the ways the Pierce County Economic Development Department supports the business community is by providing loans to small businesses. When businesses are in need of additional capital to complete the financing for a particular project, loan program...Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2015

Economic Impact of U.S. Open Shows County Fared Well

Pierce County officials have released the numbers showing the U.S. Open’s economic impact on the county. The financial summary shows Pierce County incurred about $3.9 million in overall expenses and saw just over $5 million in revenue, resulting in a net ...Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2015

Doing Business in Pierce County - Wet Coast Brewing Company

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Pierce County is home to businesses large and small and all are appreciated for their contribution to the County’s economic well-being. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and its partners work together to encourage and assist small, entrepr...Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2015

If Disaster Strikes, Is Your Business Ready?

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With the recent wind storm and flooding, it’s a reminder that disasters can happen at any time. Is your business ready? If a catastrophic disaster hit your business, would it be able to survive? Planning for business survival can be simple or complex depe...Read on...

Posted on: November 19, 2015

Have a Passion for the Arts?

The Pierce County Economic Development Department is seeking a citizen volunteer to serve on its nine member Arts Commission (PCAC) for a three-year term. Candidates are being recruited from District 2 (visit the link to see if you reside within this dist...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2015

2015 U.S. Open - We Did It!

Hole 18 at Chambers Bay

The long awaited U.S. Open at Chambers Bay has come and gone. It’s hard to believe it’s over already after all the effort that went into having this major golf championship here in our own backyard! We can certainly take pride in those efforts and everyon...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Doing Business in Pierce County - Cockrell Hard Ciders

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Pierce County is home to businesses large and small and all are appreciated for their contribution to the County’s economic well-being. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and its partners work together to encourage and assist small, entrepr...Read on...