Tuesday, June 2, 2009

DaVita stays in Tacoma

DaVita, the city’s second-largest private employer with 900 employees, announced May 29 that the company will stay at its current location in Tacoma and will sublease at least three floors in the Columbia Bank Center building.

“DaVita’s future expansion plan will help to strengthen our local employment picture, it will contribute to keeping our local higher education options strong, and the company’s presence in and contributions to our community will enhance the vitality and livability of our city,” said Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma.

Over the past year, DaVita had explored the possibility of moving its headquarters to other locations in the South Sound. In a statement issued by the company, DaVita Vice President and Controller Jim Hilger said, “The City of Tacoma and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County have gone out of their way to assist DaVita during our search for solutions to our local office space needs.”

Ryan Petty, director of the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department, celebrated the decision. “DaVita recognizes that, even during this time of slower economic growth, the City and its partners are working together to set the table for the economic recovery that’s ahead. We are working hard and working smart to prepare for future growth, and their decision shows they desire to be a part of that,” he said.