Monday, September 14, 2009

Learn how to get free publicity at Sept. 23 Economic Gardening Workshop

At the Sept. 23 Economic Gardening Workshop, learn to create news the media can use to help you enhance your business. The City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department will host the upcoming Economic Gardening Workshop - Free Publicity: How to Share your News to the Media on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Tacoma business owners can choose between two free sessions – 8-10 a.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound, Collins Library in McCormick Room #303 located at 1500 N. Warner St.

For more information or to reserve your spot by phone, contact Christine Clifford at (253) 573-2435 or

Penuel Cafe now OPEN near City Hall

A new deli, grill and coffee café is now open for business at 744 Market St. across from the Tacoma Municipal Building (the space formerly occupied by the Java Bean coffee shop). They have an expansive breakfast and lunch menu including Belgian waffles, soups, salads, sandwiches and more. For more information, visit

Successful 10th annual Bank to Bay

Whatever distance, whatever their reason for participating, whatever their age, over 2,000 people took to the streets of downtown Tacoma on Sunday, Sept. 13, for the 10th annual Bank to Bay 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids’ Run which started with a horn blow at 9 a.m.

“We are glad to be able to continue our partnership with KeyBank for the 10th consecutive year as a sponsor for this fun, family event,” said Tacoma City Manager Eric Anderson. “This is one of our many efforts to bring people into of our City so they can witness all of the growth and charm our community has to offer.”

Bank to Bay is co-sponsored by KeyBank and the City of Tacoma and has grown from an idea that developed in the year 2000 to promote Tacoma’s downtown revitalization efforts to become a popular community event that attracts runners and walkers from around the Puget Sound region.

Russell bids farewell to Tacoma

Russell announced last Wednesday it would move its headquarters and 900 local employees from Tacoma to the tower at 1301 Second Ave. in Seattle in 2010. President and CEO Andrew Doman said in a prepared statement that "the unique conditions of the commercial real estate market in Seattle" were a factor in the decision.

Russell Investments' parent company paid $115 million for the 42-story downtown Seattle tower known until recently as the WaMu Center, according to a document filed Thursday with King County.

City staff will continue to work with partners in the Tacoma Partnership to fill the current Russell headquarters building and to attract additional businesses to downtown Tacoma.