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Posted on: July 9, 2014

U.S. Open update highlights County Council meeting in UP

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More than 200 people attended the July 8, 2014 meeting of the Pierce County Council to hear an update on preparations for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

The meeting, held at the county's Environmental Services... Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Mike Murphy

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the passing of Mike Murphy, an 18-year public servant with the state auditor’s office, past president of the Washington Association of Counties and... Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Ag Program wins VISION 2040 Award

Pierce County’s Agriculture Program is among six projects and programs around the region receiving prestigious VISION 2040 Awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The awards, presented on May 29, showcase work being... Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Herman Dillon Sr.

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on the May 23 passing of Herman Dillon Sr., chairman of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians’ tribal council:

"Herman Dillon Sr. led with kindness, humor,... Read on...

Posted on: May 30, 2014

Pat McCarthy and John Marchione elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been reelected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth, economic development and transportation planning for the region.

McCarthy, serving her... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Region wins manufacturing communities designation for aerospace

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced today that the central Puget Sound region was one of 12 communities nationwide winning a Manufacturing Communities designation as part of a federal initiative.

PSRC... Read on...

Posted on: May 5, 2014

Executive McCarthy statement on the passing of Billy Frank Jr.

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy on today's passing of Billy Frank Jr.:

“We have lost a national treasure in Billy Frank Jr. His advocacy regarding fishing and natural resources was... Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2014

New Puget Sound Fresh app puts local farms and farmers markets info in your pocket

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Consumers can find hundreds of local farms, markets, products, recipes and more using a new mobile app built by Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition.

The County proclaims April 26 as Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Calling it a crime with consequences that devastate communities, members of the Pierce County Council adopted a joint resolution designating April 26, 2014,... Read on...

Posted on: March 20, 2014

Chambers Bay posts record revenues as U.S. Open excitement builds

Chambers Bay Golf Course broke records in several financial categories in 2013 as excitement increased in advance of next year’s U.S. Open.

The 4th quarter financial report, released this week by County Executive Pat... Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2014

Executive McCarthy directs staff to further analyze landslide risks

The following is a statement by County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding landslide risks in Pierce County:

In the wake of the Oso slide, I convened a meeting of county experts in such areas as land-use planning, emergency... Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2014

Executive McCarthy: Frederickson plant remains important part of Boeing’s future

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding Boeing’s decision to... Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2014

Medical Examiner partners with SightLife to increase organ and tissue donations

As many as 300 people will receive sight-restoring transplants each year thanks to an innovative partnership between the Pierce County Medical Examiner and SightLife, a global nonprofit focused on eliminating corneal... Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2014

Volunteer applications now available for 2015 U.S. Open Championship

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The United States Golf Association (USGA) and Chambers Bay announced on Feb. 10 that volunteer applications for the 115th U.S. Open Championship are now available. The 2015 U.S. Open, the first to be played in the Pacific... Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2013

Civil Service Commission seeks applicants

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Civil Service Commission for Sheriff's Department employees. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and serve a six-year term. The... Read on...

Posted on: November 22, 2013

Pierce County buys land for Foothills Trail expansion

Pierce County took another step toward completing the popular Foothills Trail with the purchase this week of commercial land near South Prairie.

The county bought approximately 59,000 square feet of the South Prairie RV... Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2013

Pierce County to host 2nd Aerospace Summit in July

Pierce County’s second Aerospace Summit will offer valuable updates from experts in manufacturing technology and workforce training as the region continues its push for a larger stake in the global market.

The summit,... Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Pierce County wins national awards for voter project and emergency mobile app

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Last year, Pierce County completed a redistricting project affecting nearly every local voter in just five weeks. The county also started using the latest mobile technology to track damage to roads, bridges, and buildings... Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2013

Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

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Pierce County expects to reduce flood risk along two sections of the Puyallup River with projects set for this summer.

Construction has begun on a 2,000-foot-long side channel near Orting, and work on another project that... Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2013

Hospitality sales begin for 2015 U.S. Open for Chambers Bay

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The United States Golf Association (USGA) has opened corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

The U.S. Open will be conducted June 15-21, 2015, which... Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

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Portions of a public beach will close for about three weeks in July while Pierce County removes approximately 200 derelict creosote pilings from the shoreline along Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place.

Work... Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2013

Niagara Bottling, LLC to create jobs with new plant in Frederickson

Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest family-owned bottled water manufacturer in the United States, has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art bottling facility in Pierce... Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2013

Executive McCarthy’s statement about the passing of Sen. Carrell

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell:

“Mike was passionate about public service. He worked hard to hold state government accountable for its... Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2013

Celebrate completion of 112th Street East projects on May 29

Pierce County residents are invited to celebrate the completion of a series of projects along the 112th Street East corridor from 18th Avenue East to 86th Avenue East with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29.

The ceremony... Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2013

County Executive pleased as Sen. Conway's mental competency bill signed into law

Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay... Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2013

Seattle tunnel project creates jobs in Pierce County

When the 1.8-mile SR 99 tunnel opens to traffic in 2015, it will rely on the strength of 1,450 precast concrete rings fabricated with pinpoint precision at a newly expanded plant in Pierce County.

Dozens of community and... Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2013

Control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport to remain open until Sept. 30

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced May 10 the contract control towers at Tacoma Narrows Airport and 148 other airports will remain open until... Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2013

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancy

The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill an expired Ethics Commission position. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government... Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2013

Executive McCarthy elected president of Puget Sound Regional Council

SEATTLE - Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council, which coordinates growth planning in a thriving four-county region.

McCarthy, serving her second term as Read on...

Posted on: April 19, 2013

Executive McCarthy hails State Farm decision as latest sign of region’s economic vitality

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy regarding State Farm’s announcement on April 19:

“Pierce County welcomes State Farm’s decision to open an Initial Loss Reporting center in downtown... Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2013

Puyallup River Clean-Up seeks volunteers on April 20

Pierce County residents can go green as they tackle their spring cleaning to-do list.

“Indoors and outdoors, sometimes the products and methods we use to clean and spruce up our homes can be harmful to our family and the... Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2013

After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

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Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011.... Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2013

Forum provides opportunity for caregivers to brainstorm

People who care for an individual with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are faced with heavy responsibilities unlike other caregivers. Sometimes the work can become overwhelming, especially when new and difficult behaviors and... Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2013

Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

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Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his... Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2013

FAA delays closure of contract control tower at Tacoma Narrows Airport until June 15

The Federal Aviation Administration announced April 5 it will delay the closure of the contract control tower at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor... Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2013

Pierce County team receives Open Government Award

A team of Pierce County employees who redesigned part of the county's website to make it much easier for citizens to access public records were honored... Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2013

Pierce County lowers flags in memory of former Governor and Executive Booth Gardner

Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered that flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in memory of former Gov. Booth Gardner, who passed away last Friday. State flags will remain at half-staff until close of... Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2013

Jobs float in, SR 520 pontoons float out: Tacoma pontoon construction boosts local economy

Six more pontoons are complete for the new State Route 520 floating bridge. U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor joined state and local leaders in Tacoma today, as Washington State Department of Transportation crews began... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2012

McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term

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County Executive Pat McCarthy officially took the oath of office on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 for her second term that begins next month.

McCarthy was re-elected in the Nov. 6 General Election. The oath was administered by... Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2012

Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

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Before you apply for a permit to build the ultimate man cave, you can now check online to see how many people are waiting in line at the Pierce County Development Center.

That’s one of several online improvements launched... Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2012

Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever

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Pierce County Executive, Pat McCarthy addresses the crowd. 1/3A 120-acre property will forever remain as a farm and habitat thanks to another successful public-private partnership in the Puyallup River Valley.

Pierce... Read on...

Posted on: September 25, 2012

Executive proposes spending less on general government in 2013

Tuesday Sep 25 2012 3:05 PM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy proposes spending less on general government services in 2013 than is budgeted for this year.

The Executive's 2013 budget proposal makes strategic... Read on...

Posted on: September 24, 2012

Sound Transit Ribbon Cutting invite, Oct. 6

Monday Sep 24 2012 11:48 AM

Sound Transit would like to invite you to a three-station celebration Saturday, Oct. 6 as they launch Sounder train service to Lakewood and South Tacoma! They'll have free train rides and... Read on...

Posted on: September 13, 2012

Executive to accept national recognition for Foothills Trail

Thursday Sep 13 2012 9:04 AM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy will officially accept national recognition for the Foothills Trail at the Pierce County Trail Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Randy King,... Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2012

McCarthy announces start of Sounder service to Lakewood and South Tacoma

Wednesday Sep 12 2012 2:15 PM

Sound Transit announced today that Sounder commuter rail service to South Tacoma and Lakewood will begin Monday, Oct. 8.

To celebrate the start of service, Sound Transit will hold a public... Read on...

Posted on: August 13, 2012

Wall Street upgrades, affirms Pierce County's strong bond ratings

In moves that reflect confidence in Pierce County's fiscal management, two leading Wall Street ratings agencies gave the county high marks on bonds that will be invested in projects to make the region safer and better... Read on...

Posted on: August 8, 2012

McCarthy announces start of track testing for Sounder extension to Lakewood

Sound Transit announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8, the start of rail and signal testing on more than eight miles of new track for its Sounder commuter rail extension to Lakewood.

Crews began running Sounder test trains up to... Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2012

Boeing market outlook highlights first Pierce County Aerospace Summit

Boeing predicts the global market will need 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, and Pierce County aerospace suppliers can help the company compete for that business by finding ways to work faster while providing a... Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2012

McCarthy re-elected vice president of Puget Sound Regional Council

Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's... Read on...

Posted on: May 1, 2012

Findings of JBLM Community Needs Survey released

Tuesday May 01 2012 9:49 AM

The South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP) just released findings of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Community Needs Survey. This is the first time the local community and JBLM... Read on...

Posted on: April 23, 2012

McCarthy, Enslow propose saving commuter bus route for Bonney Lake Sounder riders

Monday Apr 23 2012 9:02 AM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow today announced a proposal for Sound Transit to preserve bus service between the Bonney Lake Park-and-Ride lot and the Sumner... Read on...

Posted on: April 26, 2012

Sound Transit adopts McCarthy, Enslow proposal to save bus route

New ST Express Route 596 will enable agency to continue serving Sounder riders from Bonney Lake, Buckley and Enumclaw

The Sound Transit Board of Directors today unanimously approved creation of a new Sound Transit bus... Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2012

County Executive's statement regarding port's growth

Thursday Mar 08 2012 3:10 PM

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the news about three shipping companies selecting the Port of Tacoma as their port-of-call:

"The Port of... Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2012

Executive co-sponsors light-rail plan for Federal Way

The Sound Transit Board of Directors on Feb. 23 unanimously approved an amendment to the agency's 2012 budget to provide $24.3 million in additional funding for establishing a shovel-ready plan to extend light rail from... Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2010

Partnership preserves Devil's Head, a 94-acre 'jewel' in the Sound

Devil's Head, a 94-acre jewel in the South Sound, will be preserved for public use thanks to a coalition of conservation partners that acquired the stunning waterfront property.

Located at the south end of the Key... Read on...

Posted on: May 24, 2010

Public-private partnership saves 100-acre farm

Three new organic farms are operating in the Orting area thanks to a successful public-private partnership.

Officials representing Pierce County, PCC Farmland Trust and the State of Washington gathered May 21 on the site... Read on...