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January 15, 2016 - Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
"It has truly been an honor to share my thoughts with you about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to celebrate what he set in motion more than 50 years ago now."
November 30, 2015 - 2016 Budget Message to Council
"The 2016 budget continues to provide fiscal stability and essential customer-focused services by balancing expenditures with revenues."
April 27, 2015 - US Open Media Day
"Golfers are coming from all over the country - and all over the world - to play this magnificent course."
Sept 23, 2014 - Executive's 2015 budget presentation to council
...our local economy is growing...and the county government's overall fiscal condition is sound...balance...and sustainable.
July 23, 2014 - Aerospace Summit
These are exciting times to be part of the global aerospace industry.
July 10, 2014 - I-5 - M Street to Portland Avenue - HOV - Ground Breaking
We are excited about this next phase of congestion relief.
July 8, 2014 - U.S. Open Briefing - County Council In-District Meeing
I am very proud of how our community is stepping up to make sure our visitors have a great experience.
June 27, 2014 - USGA Media Briefing
We are all here because of a shared vision by Pierce County and the USGA.
April 16, 2014 - American Public Works Association Conference
It's essential that communities make continued investments in their infrastructure.
February 12, 2014 - BioFuels Ribbon Cutting
Every decision we make will have impacts on future generations.
February 6, 2014 - Pierce County Ag: The Faces of Farming (Opening)
The Farm Forum was organized by County Executive Pat McCarthy to help farmers expand local agricultural markets.
January 20, 2014 - MLK Day Celebration
It's a day to come together to hear about people who are taking action to improve lives.
October 21, 2013 - Pierce-King County Farm Bureau
"No Farms, No Food." It's just that simple.
October 4, 2013 - Pierce County Purchasing Forum
A diverse range of products are produced here, and that contributes to our vibrant community.
September 24, 2013 - Executive Budget Presentation
... we must all keep in mind that one of our most important tasks as county leaders is to develop, adopt and implement a fiscally sustainable budget each year.
August 28, 2013 - Boots2Work Military Career Fair
Hiring a veteran makes smart business sense.
July 24, 2013 - Brand Launch for Tacoma Regional CVB
While this brand will provide a focused message to attract visitors, it is also a brand that unites the local communities of Pierce County.
May 15, 2013 - FPS EnCon Precast Celebration
I congratulate FPS/EnCon and all of the various partners on building this new facility.
April 25, 2013 - Puget Sound Regional Council
I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the PSRC.
March 16, 2013 - 35th annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch
This is what community-building is all about – thanking individuals and groups that step up and help us take care of important needs.
February 4, 2013 - UWT Government Leadership Institute
Regionalism is vital to our ability to build and maintain livable communities
January 30, 2013 - Washington Boating Alliance
I will continue to support efforts to maintain a vibrant and healthy boating industry.
January 28, 2013 - Tacoma Pontoon Float-out Event
The project we are celebrating today is a terrific example of how transportation investments anywhere in the Washington can create jobs and growth in Pierce County.
January 7, 2013 - School Safety Meeting
The people in this room are the reason why Pierce County is ahead of the curve in regards to school safety.
October 18, 2012 - Reise Farm Celebration
Thanks to the hard work of people who are here today, we are preserving - in perpetuity - this wonderful 120-acre property.
July 27, 2012 - Aerospace Summit
There is a thriving aerospace industry here in the South Sound. It provides thousands of our residents with family-wage jobs and benefits. And the local industry plays an important role in the global growth of the market.
May 3, 2012 - Law Enforcement Memorial
We gather here to remember these fallen officers. They died doing the noblest of causes - providing safety and security to their communities.
January 16, 2012 - Martin Luther King Day Celebration
We must fight for people and not things. Because there is nothing more important in life.
November 14, 2011 - Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Funding Board
...your work 'to protect and enhance Washington's natural and recreational resources for current and future generations' is an investment that we cannot afford to lose even in difficult economic times.
September 27, 2011 - Council Budget Presentation
'This budget is the result of careful analysis, tough decisions and partnerships with our employees,' Executive McCarthy said. 'This is a responsible and stable budget that protects core services while continuing investments in parks and other programs that contribute to healthy communities.'
April 7, 2011 - Sheriff's Department Annual Awards
Today's awards highlight various acts of courage and commitment, and dedication and duty.
March 19, 2011 - 33rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Brunch
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart." ... And that quote by author Elizabeth Andrew speaks to the heart of why we are here today.
March 11, 2011 - Memorial Service for Deputy Shandon Wright
Good afternoon. I am Pat McCarthy, the elected executive of Pierce County. And I am here to extend a heartfelt welcome to all of you today. Your presence here truly honors Deputy Shandon Wright - and indeed, honors us all.
January 17, 2011 - Martin Luther King Day Celebration
It's times like these that we need Dr. King the most ... Dr. King told us to arm ourselves with knowledge and love and to go out into this world, to go out of this realm, and to fight for good. To fight for the good that's within our hearts. And to make that dream a reality in the world around us. And this calling has not changed.
December 28, 2010 - County Leaders Dedicate Trail to Fallen Deputy
Kent Mundell loved the outdoors. He loved Pierce County. And he loved public service. Dedicating this trail in his memory is an appropriate way to honor him.
October 26, 2010 - 17th Annual Employee Recognition Banquet
You folks are the heart and soul of what we do as public servants in Pierce County. Your dedication, your enthusiasm and your mentorship of fellow employees help us deliver top-quality services to our citizens.
October 6, 2010 - UWT Celebration
This institution provides the key to unlocking our collective potential. The arrival of this university is one of the biggest success stories in the modern era of Tacoma and Pierce County.
September 28, 2010 - Council Budget Presentation
This budget reflects commitments - that is, a commitment to stay focused on Pierce County's priorities, and a commitment to do things smarter, better and more efficiently.
September 23, 2010 - Building Changes Annual Award Luncheon
The work of ending homelessness is, without question, a major challenge. I'm here to tell you that Pierce County is facing this challenge with eagerness, thoughtfulness and dedication.
September 16, 2010 - Bridge to the Beach Grand Opening
This bridge provides a wonderful enhancement to the quality of life in the South Sound. Thanks to hard work by great partners, we are opening 2 ½ miles of Puget Sound shoreline to the public.
September 10, 2010 - Pugent Sound Partnership, Ecosystem Coordination Board Meeting
It's an honor for Pierce County to host your meeting today. The 'ecosystem management' work you are doing is so important to the future of our region.
August 29, 2010 - U.S. Amateur Trophy Presentation
I am pleased to offer our thanks and appreciation to a number of people for conducting a successful championship at Chambers Bay.
August 13, 2010 - Devils Head Celebration
Today is an opportunity to enjoy this amazing property and experience the collaborative vision of what this can be for the people of Pierce County in the future.
June 22, 2010 - U.S. Amateur Media Day
Chambers Bay will be the first publicly-owned course to host the US Amateur in the championship's 110-year history. In 2015, we'll be just the third publicly-owned course to host a US Open.
May 21, 2010 - Orting Valley Farms Celebration
This project overcame the barrier of the high price for new farmland by placing a conservation easement on the property. That saves the farmland in perpetuity.
May 13, 2010 - National Police Week Candlelight Vigil
As you will hear today, it's important that we take every opportunity to thank our law enforcement community, and their families.
May 12, 2010 - Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes Luncheon
Together, our collective efforts make a huge difference in the lives of people.
May 6, 2010 - Remarks to the Fire Chiefs Association
Going forward, seeing some signs of a slow economic recovery. Not sure how long this tunnel is, but there's light at the end of it.
March 20, 2010 - Volunteer Brunch
The people at this event set the gold standard for volunteering in service to the community. You set an incredible example for us all by donating considerable time and effort.
January 5, 2010 - Memorial Service for Deputy Kent Mundell
I stand here today representing the 3,000 county employees who lost a wonderful colleague, as well as the 813,000 county residents who lost a protector.
September 22, 2009 - Budget Briefing
Over the next couple of months, I stand ready to work with the Council to craft a final version that focuses on priorities, maintains stable programs, and best serves the citizens of Pierce County...
July 21, 2009 - County Council Budget Awards Presentation
Every year, our Budget and Finance Department produces a document that Pierce County residents can examine and learn about where the money is coming from and where it's going...
July 2, 2009 - Off-Leash Area
We in Pierce County are very proud of the efforts happening here at Chambers Creek Properties. For years and years, this huge site sat here offering nothing more than tons of potential behind a chain-link fence...
May 26, 2009 - Pierce Transit Graduation Remarks
My goal for Pierce County is to keep making progress toward livable, vibrant communities. That means safe neighborhoods and good jobs - and ways to get back and forth from each...
May 13, 2009 - Transportation Budget Signing
The next step is to implement the stimulus programs, and to do so in a fully transparent way...
April 15, 2009 - Pierce College Civics Week
You help others. You give back to your community. You use special skills that some of you might have. You can learn something new. And you might even explore career options...
April 7, 2009 - APWA Conference: Solutions for Our Aging Infrastructure
Local leaders like me want to clear away obstacles and promote livable communities. That means we must have sturdy streets and bridges, reliable utilities, and clean water and air...
March 25, 2009 - Sheriff's Department's Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony
Public safety is the No. 1 priority for local government. There is nothing more important than providing safe communities for our families and businesses...
January 2, 2009 - Topics on Pat's Agenda
I have assembled a motivated team of professionals in the Executive's Office to help turn Pierce County government into a more efficient, problem-solving enterprise with a heavy emphasis on quality customer service, transparency and accessibility.
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