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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Small Business Saturday on November 26

Shop Local photo

Small business is big business in Pierce County! You can help your local community by participating in “Small Business Saturday” on November 26.

Shopping at locally-owned businesses keeps money here in Pierce County! It also helps keep and create local...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Opportunities in Japan

Japan Aerospace Show 2016 photo

In October, Economic Development staff member Rob Allen attended the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in Tokyo. The purpose of the trip was to inform companies in Japan’s emerging aerospace industry about opportunities in Pierce County, both to lo...Read on...

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Marijuana in the Workplace

On November 3, over 75 attendees from Pierce County’s business community, unions and local organizations gathered in the City of Lakewood’s Council Chambers to hear a panel of five subject matter experts provide insight into how the legalization of mariju...Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2016

Doing Business in Pierce County - Hanger Clinic

Hanger Clinic photo The Hanger Clinic is a longtime company founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, J.E. Hanger. Today there are over 700 clinics nationwide with 19 in Washington State. The focus of this story is the specialty clinic in Gig Harbor. Prosthetis...Read on...
Posted on: September 7, 2016

Making Connections at the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

2016 Farnborough Airshow

Department Director Denise Dyer and the Economic Development Board’s Susan Suess, our partner in economic development, attended the 2016 International Airshow at Farnborough located about 40 miles outside of London.

There were over 110,000 trade visito...Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2016

Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A) Breaks Ground in Frederickson

Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A) Breaks Ground in Frederickson

Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A), Inc. has broken ground on a new cold storage facility in Frederickson. Featuring over 200,000 square feet of both refrigerated and ambient temperature warehouse space, the building is specifically engineered to provide customized and ...Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2016

Need a Business Loan?

Business Loan photo

If you are thinking about expanding your business, consider the Pierce County Revolving Loan Fund as a potential funding resource. Loans are made to small businesses in Pierce County (Bonney Lake, Lakewood, Pacific, and Tacoma are ineligible). We will wor...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

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

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 cu...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

Doing Business in Pierce County - Baker Manufacturing, Inc.

Baker Mfg photo

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

Plane Engine Photo

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!

US Open photo

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

US Open photo

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.

Commis...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2016

Doing Business in Pierce County

Hometown Dogs food truck photo

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

Alexander Inn Sign

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

Wet Coast Brewing Company Logo

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?

Pierce County Alert photo

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

Cockrell Hard Ciders photo

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...