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Posted on: March 31, 2016

Executive seeks applicants for Ethics Commission vacancies

The Pierce County Executive’s Office is accepting applications to fill two Ethics Commission positions. The citizen commission is responsible for promoting and upholding ethical conduct in Pierce County government.

Applicants must be registered to vote...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Board of Equalization seeks members

Applications are being accepted to fill two regular Members and one Alternate Member on the Pierce County Board of Equalization. The seven member board hears appeals from taxpayers who disagree with the assessed value of their properties as determined by ...Read on...

Posted on: November 5, 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: September 22, 2015

Executive McCarthy unveils sustainable, customer-focused 2016 budget

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy detailed her budget proposal before the County Council Tuesday, highlighting an expanded economy, improved customer services and an investment in what she termed the “moral center” of government.

Her 2016 budget pro...

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Posted on: August 24, 2015

Pierce County to reduce water usage in response to drought

Pierce County government will be taking steps to reduce water usage by at least 10 percent.

“I am asking staff to reduce the irrigation of lawns and landscaping at our facilities until further notice,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “We ar...

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Posted on: July 27, 2015

County outlines strategy for enforcing marijuana violations

By July 1, 2016, all unlicensed marijuana sales operations in unincorporated Pierce County – medical and recreational – must close. That message has been delivered to county landlords, business owners and operators whose establishments involve the burgeon...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2015

Executive McCarthy statement regarding referendum on General Services Building

“The merits of this project are clear: we can save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and dramatically improve customer service by consolidating 19 divisions from 14 locations into one. We can do this while owning the building instead of continuing to ...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2015

County Executive’s statement on JBLM personnel drawdown

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy issued the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. Army officials intend to only reduce the force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord by 1,250, a number far lower than originally proposed.

“Last summer, the...

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Posted on: July 2, 2015

Ron Klein named interim communications director as Hunter George heads to Metro Parks Tacoma

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has named Ron Klein as the interim director of the Department of Communications while a search is made for a permanent hire.

Klein succeeds Hunter George, who has served as director since 2009 and resigned to take ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2015

Chambers Creek Regional Park reopening in stages, starting June 26

Sails statute in Spectator Square

Just hours after Jordan Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open, construction crews were already beginning to remove the infrastructure that supported the championship in order to restore public access to Chambers Creek Regional Park as quickly as possible.

The ...Read on...

Posted on: June 21, 2015

Executive McCarthy: Chambers Bay was worthy of the toughest test in golf

The following is a statement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy about the conclusion of the 2015 U.S. Open:

"Congratulations to Jordan Spieth on winning the 2015 U.S. Open Championship. It was a thrilling week with lots of dramatic lead changes, a...Read on...

Posted on: June 8, 2015

36 agencies join in support of U.S. Open security plan

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department will be supported by 36 local, state and federal agencies as they provide for the safety and security of everyone attending the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

The Sheriff’s Department, which is the lead agency for pub...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2015

Councilmember Talbert uses award to draw attention to 2015 Heart Walk

The American Heart Association has presented its Gold Achievement Award to Pierce County. The award, given to Councilmember Rick Talbert during the organization’s annual breakfast on May 5, recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees b...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2015

Chambers Bay set more fiscal records in 2014

Chambers Bay Golf Course set new fiscal records in 2014, even as it reduced the number of rounds played to prepare for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship this June.

The golf course, owned by Pierce County, set all-time annual records for average greens fe...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2015

County Executive, department leaders honor dozens for volunteer service

Pierce County honored 69 individuals and seven groups for outstanding volunteer service last year to parks, public safety, courts and community programs on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

The honorees, selected through a nomination process, were celebrated a...Read on...

Posted on: February 27, 2015

Farm Forum draws 200 people to boost agriculture business

Farmers, wholesalers, institutional buyers and technical experts gathered in Puyallup on Friday, Feb. 27, to share strategies and experiences for boosting markets for the local agricultural industry.

About 200 people attended Pierce County's second Far...

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Posted on: February 19, 2015

14 businesses and homeowner associations recognized for excellent stormwater management

Fourteen local businesses and homeowner associations have been recognized for taking steps to reduce the amount of pollution entering Pierce County’s waterways in 2014.

These businesses and associations received Pierce County’s “5-Star Excellence in St...

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Posted on: February 17, 2015

County Council approves new General Services Building plan

After years of planning, members of the Pierce County Council voted 4-3 on Feb. 17 to proceed with a major consolidation of county services into a new General Services Building.

Councilmembers Rick Talbert (District 5), Connie Ladenburg (District 4), Derek Young (District 7), and Joyce McDonald (District 2) voted for the plan. Council Chair Dan Roach (District 1) and Councilmembers Doug Richardson (District 6) and Jim McCune (District 3) voted against it.

The consolidation will bring together 19 departments and divisions currently scattered in 14 locations, including eight commercial leases covering 150,000 square feet.

"This business plan will save taxpayers millions of dollars in leases, staffing and maintenance costs," said Councilmember Talbert, who represents the area in Tacoma’s South End that will house the new campus. "We have carefully analyzed current and future costs, asset values, risk, and more. An independent consultant verified our staff savings through consolidation. This pencils out in the taxpayers' interest."

The 330,000-square-foot building will be constructed on the county-owned, 13-acre Pacific Avenue campus just up the hill from downtown. That site currently houses the former Puget Sound Hospital, which closed years ago. The county negotiated a "guaranteed maximum price" of $126.9 million with the developer, Wright Runstad & Company.

"This makes good business sense. We will redirect eight current lease payments to this new building, and the consolidation will enable us to cut 38 staff positions, saving another $4 million a year," said Councilmember Ladenburg. "No taxes will be raised to pay for this. We can pay for it with existing resources and the savings gained from consolidating our services, and the savings will grow over time."

The county made adjustments to the project based on feedback from the public, including four community meetings in January and February.

County Executive Pat McCarthy publicly introduced the proposal in 2013 after several years of studying the service delivery in all county facilities -- owned and leased. Under the plan adopted Tuesday, most general government services will be consolidated into one General Services Building in a lease-to-own agreement with a nonprofit corporation. Services will include building permits, business licenses, Health Department records, and property tax payments, among others.

The Executive thanked the County Council majority for analyzing the cost difference between the status quo and the savings over the next 30 years.

"Taxpayers expect us to utilize public resources efficiently and effectively. This plan will save money while improving the delivery of services to the 820,000 residents we serve," she said. "My administration will now complete the planning for the staff changes and program improvements made possible by consolidating 19 departments and divisions into one location."

Chair Roach, in explaining his position, said the reliance on staff savings was too risky.

"In order to make the mortgage payments, 38.1 jobs would have to stay eliminated for the duration of the mortgage, and we can't promise that future councils and executives would adhere to that," he said. "I sincerely hope I'm proven wrong and everything works out for the best, but I couldn't in good conscience ask our taxpayers to shoulder that risk. I wouldn't make that commitment with my own money, and I don't think we should make it with their money either."

The building will house approximately 1,300 employees, including about 250 from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, an independent agency that is joining the county as a tenant in the new building. Other tenants will include the four departments in the Pierce County Annex, a 1950s-era building that originally housed a discount department store. The Annex site likely will be sold.

The county's existing downtown campus, anchored by the County-City Building, will continue to house about 1,000 employees from the law and justice sectors in what will be redeveloped with existing resources over time as the Pierce County Justice Center.

Construction of the General Services Building will begin next month, with occupancy expected in fall 2016. Project documents and updates are available at www.piercecountywa.org/gsb.

Dan Roach, Pierce County Council Chair
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Hunter George, Pierce County Communications director
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Posted on: February 12, 2015

Executive McCarthy's statement about Senate transportation package

The following is a statement by Executive Pat McCarthy on the Senate's bipartisan transportation package announced on Feb. 12:

"I congratulate the Washington State Senate's transportation negotiators for reaching a bipartisan agreement on a transport...Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2015

Healthier Air: Pierce County reaches milestone

Nonattainment map

Efforts to reduce unhealthy wood smoke pollution in the Tacoma/Pierce County Smoke Reduction Zone area reached a milestone today when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved a 10-year action plan and announced the area will be redesignated as i...Read on...

Posted on: February 2, 2015

Executive presents business plan for proposed general services building

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has negotiated a development and lease agreement for a proposed general services building that would dramatically improve customer service while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

If approved by the Pierce County...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Public invited to learn more about proposed new county building

Three members of the Pierce County Council are hosting a public forum to provide local residents with another opportunity to learn about the proposed general services building currently under consideration. The meeting – arranged by Councilmembers Connie ...Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2015

Volunteer for Civil Service Commission

Pierce County is seeking applicants to fill a 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 commission is a quasi-judicial body responsible fo...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Executive McCarthy's 2015 budget proposal invests in job growth and mental health services

Executive Pat McCarthy has proposed adding four positions to assist people with mental illness and chemical dependency problems in her 2015 Pierce County budget proposal.

Her budget, submitted this week to the County Council, also curbs overtime in the...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2014

Friday and weekend 2015 U.S. Open tickets sold out; limited tickets still available other days

U.S. Open logo

FAR HILLS, N.J. – All tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., have sold out, according to the United States Golf Association (USGA). Tickets are available for Thursday’s openin...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2014

State to remove derelict docks and pilings at Sunnyside, Chambers Creek Regional parks

Aerial view of the North Dock

Work is scheduled to begin Sept. 18 on a project to remove derelict pilings and two dilapidated docks located along the shoreline in Pierce County in an effort to restore intertidal and near-shore habitats and improve overall water quality.

The Washing...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2014

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

2015 U.S. Open logo

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 Building in University Place, feature...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 former Grays Harbor county commissi...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 done to implement VISION 2040,...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, strength of character and a balance...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 second term as County Executive, wa...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 developed the proposal to designate...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 second to none. His legacy include...Read on...

Posted on: April 29, 2014

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

Screen grab of mobile app home page

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 Puget Sound Fresh app provides quick access to a growing network of farms and farmers marke...Read on...

Posted on: April 24, 2014

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, as Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

Joint Council-Executive Resolution R2014-49, approved durin...

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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 McCarthy, showed operating revenues...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 management, roads, rivers and i...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 build the 777X wing plant in Everett:

"During this process, I met with senior Boeing leadership and received personal assurances that Frederickson will ...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 blindness.

Under the partnership, ...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2014

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

2015 U.S. Open logo

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 Northwest, is scheduled for June ...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 commission is a quasi-judicial body resp...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 Park from Dwight Partin for $1,0...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, which features a presentation by ...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2013

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

mobile  app

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 during floods, fires and other di...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2013

Projects underway to reduce flood risk along the Puyallup River

South Fork image

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 will use engineered log jams t...Read on...

Posted on: July 8, 2013

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

2015 U.S. Open logo

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 includes three practice-round days a...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2013

Parts of Chambers Creek beach to close during removal of pilings

Derelict Pile

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 will begin July 8 at the south p...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 County, Washington. This will be Niagara’s first site in the Pacific Northwest, jo...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 spending and decisions, and he wa...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 will be held at 10 a.m. at the...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 Inslee is designed to cut into that ...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 business leaders gathered May 1...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 Sept. 30, the end of the federal government's fiscal year 2013.

The towers had been slated to cl...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.

Applications must be registered...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 County Executive, was elected on Thu...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 Tacoma. This follows Amazon’s recen...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 environment,” said Pierce Coun...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2013

After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

Sprinker ice rink

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. The remodel consisted of upgradi...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 patterns come to the surface. ...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2013

Executive McCarthy selects Lowell Porter to lead Emergency Management

Lowell Porter

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy announced Monday, April 15, she has selected Lowell Porter to lead the Department of Emergency Management, saying his 30-plus years of experience in public safety will help ensure the region remains prepared for anythi...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 until June 15.

The tower is one of 149 contract control towers slated to close this spring as the...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 Wednesday, April 3, by the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

It was the second time in three...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 business on Saturday, March 30 or firs...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 float-out of the second cycle of ...Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2012

McCarthy takes the oath of office for 2nd term


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 her husband, Superior Court Jud...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2012

Online upgrades make building permits faster and easier

Screen shot of dashboard

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 by Planning and Land Services ...Read on...

Posted on: October 18, 2012

Partners preserve 120-acre farm near Orting forever


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 County, the PCC Farmland Trust and ...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 cuts in most departments to achieve a...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 fun activities for the whole family ...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, superintendent of Mount Rainier National P...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 ribbon-cutting event on Saturd...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 prepared to handle population and job...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 40 miles per hour from Freightho...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 safe, efficient and reliable pro...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 annual meeting of its General Assem...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 officials have collaborated to r...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 Sounder Station. The new service,...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 route between the Bonney Lake Park...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 Tacoma plays a major role in our regi...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 South 200th Street to the heart of ...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 Peninsula, the property includes about...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 of the former dairy farm to cel...Read on...