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Economic Development
Promoting Development & Growth Opportunities
The following list details initiatives taken by the county to promote economic development.
  • The county managed preparations for the nationally televised U.S. Amateur Championship at Chambers Bay in August 2010. The event, which drew attendance of 33,700, exceeded sales and attendance goals and sent a strong message of community support to the U.S. Golfing Association (USGA).
    • We are working with the USGA and other partners to plan for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, which will be the equivalent of hosting a Super Bowl.
  • The county executive is currently serving as co-chair of the Pierce County Aerospace Cluster Team, which seeks to maintain and grow the industry presence. Boeing and nearly 100 suppliers in the county employ thousands of our residents.
  • The county is also working with a consortium of federal, state and local partners to address traffic and growth issues around Joint Base Lewis-McChord to assure the base's positive economic impact on Pierce County.
  • We are consolidating codes and practices to improve the building permit process.
  • We are partnering with the City of Lakewood to replace old septic systems in the Woodbrook and Tillicum neighborhoods with connections to the county's sewer system, which will help spur economic development.
  • Pierce County sparked the negotiations that led to the Orton Junction agreement, which clears the way for a jobs-building mixed-use development near Sumner, while permanently protecting 500 acres of farmland. The News Tribune called this "a precedent for building tough land-use protections into future decisions on urban growth"