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Award Winning Agriculture Program

I toured farms throughout the county to find out more about barriers to success for the local agriculture industry. That research led to my Agriculture Program, which created a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency approach to assisting local farmers. This work was ongoing throughout the year but much of it was highlighted during the county’s first Farm Forum, which brought more than 100 agriculture industry representatives together to share ideas.

Of our many successes in 2014, one of my personal favorites was the county’s development of the Puget Sound Fresh mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Interns in our Information Technology Department built an app that connects consumers with farms and farmers markets throughout Western Washington.

The Agriculture Program was honored by regional peers when it received a VISION 2040 award from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

Room to grow in aerospace

The aerospace industry has a been a key component of the local economy for decades. Here are some of my achievements in that sector in 2014:

I hosted my third Aerospace Summit to keep industry representatives focused on ensuring that Pierce County builds on its role in the global aerospace supply chain.

I supported the state’s plan that persuaded Boeing to build the 777X in Washington state, which will keep Boeing’s Frederickson plant and local suppliers busy for many years.

I met with the Japanese leaders of Toray Composites, and later I granted “Executive Priority Permitting” status to Toray for an expansion of its Frederickson plant that will create many family-wage jobs.

Manufacturing Growth

Niagara Bottling opened its 311,000 square foot plant in Frederickson, celebrating a $50 million private investment in our economy.

The new plant employs 60 people, and Niagara is already working on expansion plans.