Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Entity Formation & Funding Workshop

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the William Factory Small Business Incubator will host a First Steps For Your Business: Entity Formation & Funding workshop from 5:30p until 7p (1423 East 29th Street Tacoma, WA. 98404). Attorney Aric Bomsztyk will discuss how to form a business entity - including LLCs, partnerships and joint ventures - and the legal aspects of funding a business with traditional and crowd funding sources. There is no charge to participate. RSVP:

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Buzz about Bizz Fair

Learn from the experts how to form and run a successful business at the 16th annual Washington Small Business Fair (Biz Fair) on Sept. 29, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Renton Technical College. You'll have the opportunity to attend seminars that cover important, up-to-date topics for all stages of business ownership and savvy business experts will share their knowledge and real-life experiences with you.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Tacoma Means Business, Monday Mixer Sept. 17

Mark your calendars on September 17th for the next Tacoma Means Business, Monday Mixer  from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Hotel Murano Lobby Bar. The topic this quarter is CONTRACTING WITH THE GOVERNMENT. Call (253) 573-2523 for more information or visit

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dwelling moves into the Triangle District

Dwelling (formerly Dwell) – a boutique with vintage inspired d├ęcor and furnishings with a flair for the unique and beautiful has a new home in the Triangle District and can now be found at 626 St. Helens. A grand opening party is scheduled for Thursday, August 23 from 4-8 p.m. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Tacoma Ranked in Top 10 Cities for Millennials

Tacoma made the ranks as one of the “10 Best Cities for Millenials” (18 to 29 year olds), taking into account affordable housing, low unemployment and access to nearby attractions and education. According to the online report, the cities chosen are far better for young people struggling with the economy than others. Read more...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Celebrate the Elks groundbreaking on July 11

Tacoma Elks will celebrate a groundbreaking for its new lodge and construction of a restaurant and pro shop on Wednesday, July 11, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held at 2125 So. Cedar St., on the grounds of Allenmore Golf Course across the street from and behind the back of the old Elks lodge. All are invited to attend the groundbreaking on Wednesday.

New collection for TAM

Great news for Tacoma! The Tacoma Art Museum just announced a major donation by the Haub family – 280 major works of American Western Art along with a contribution for a new 15,000 square foot gallery and lobby expansion to house the collection, as well as endowment funds for the care of the collection.

Friday, July 6, 2012

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Tacoma voted favorite local City

SouthSound Magazine just released their Best of  the South Sound 2012 list and Tacoma was voted your favorite local City. Woo Hoo!

Study indicates Tacoma’s nonprofit arts & culture industry generates millions in economic activity

Did you know the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $64,717,367 in annual economic activity in Tacoma — supporting 1,735 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $6,573,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study?

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the Arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. The full text of the national statistical report is available at For more information about the Tacoma Arts Program visit,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Downtown Construction Projects Open Houses this week

Come and learn about multiple construction projects scheduled to take place in downtown Tacoma over the next few months at a series of open houses scheduled June 13 and June 14 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

City staff will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the impacts of the various projects taking place simultaneously around downtown. Everyone is invited to attend the four (duplicate) sessions scheduled for:

• Wednesday, June 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
• Thursday, June 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the sessions, visit

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Planning Commission vacancies

The City Council is seeking interested citizens to fill three vacant positions on the Planning Commission that represent Council Districts 2, 3 and 5, all serving a three-year term from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2015. Applicants must reside in the respective districts. Applications are due to the Mayor’s Office by Friday, June 8, 2012. For more information, please visit  “Planning Commission”, or contact Lihuang Wung at 591-5682 or

2013 Annual Amendment opportunity

The Planning Commission is accepting applications for amending the Comprehensive Plan and/or Land Use Regulatory Code for 2013. The 2013 amendment cycle begins on July 1, 2012, and ends by June 30, 2013. Applications may be submitted by any organizations or individuals, and are subject to $1,200 application fee. Applications are due by Friday, June 29, 2012. For more information, visit“2013 Annual Amendment”, or contact Lihuang Wung at 591-5682 or

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lemay Museum lands in New York Times

We are just one week away from the opening of LeMay - America's Car Museum. The New York Times profiles the museum:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tacoma's hungry for Cajun

Rumor has it that a new restaurant and lounge will soon occupy 1015 Pacific Ave. The new Cajun restaurant will apparently be called Bon Temps meaning "good times" or otherwise known as the town in True Blood.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Dwell announces move downtown

Dwell Home Decor, which has operated for six years on North 21st Street, recently announced it will move to the area around Broadway and St. Helens, north of City Hall and up the hill from the soon-to-be renovated McMenamins Elks.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tacoma Means Bizz Networking Event

Tacoma named a Bicycle Friendly Community

Tacoma has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community and certified at a Bronze Level by the League of American Bicyclists. Tacoma is recognized for improving the conditions and opportunities for bicycling and is one of 214 named as Bicycle Friendly Communities in 47 states.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Word on the street

An Ashley Furniture Home store will open in the former Borders Books site near Tacoma Mall in July. The store plans to hire 50-75 new employees. Ashley is the nation’s largest furniture chain with more than 400 stores nationwide.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tacoma Sister Cities Council wins award

Kudos to the Tacoma Sister Cities Council for winning the Sister Cities International’s 2011 Innovation: Arts & Culture Award for a city with population between 100,001 and 500,000. The innovation awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What's new with Vicci Martinez

Tacoma's very own Vicci Martinez was on the "Voice" last night performing her new song with Cee Lo Green. She'll be local on June 17 performing at Jazzbones.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lights, camera, action!

"You Can’t Win" - an adaptation of a best selling memoir - is currently being filmed in downtown Tacoma, in and around Old City Hall, from now through May 3.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tacoma Ranks 12th for Peace

The Institute for Economics and Peace’s 2012 United States Peace Index ranks Tacoma as the twelfth most peaceful in the U.S. based on four indicators.
  • Homicide rates (per 100,000)
  • Violent crime rates (per 100.000)
  • Incarceration rates (per 100,000)
  • Number of police employees (per 100,000)
The study also finds a strong correlation between peace and economic opportunity, health, education, and social capital. Places ranked as peaceful also tended to have high levels of economic opportunities, better provision of basic services, and higher levels of educational attainment. Go Tacoma! For more information, visit


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Get drawn into the Friday Frost Park chalk off!

Grab your chalk and head to Frost Park every Friday at noon from now until October to make or watch chalk art in action! Frost Park is located at 9th & Pacific Ave.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunday Funday at Wayzgoose Letterpress & Book Arts Extravaganza

This Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at King’s Books you have the opportunity to attend one of the most unique events in Tacoma: Wayzgoose. For the eighth year, King’s Books will play host to the annual celebration of letter press and book arts. The festivities will include steamroller printing, opportunities to meet local printers and a chance to print your own keepsake, make paper creations, enter a raffle for 3’ x 3’ prints designed by local artists and/or screenprint on your own t-shirt or other fabric item. For more information, visit

Friday, April 13, 2012

Biot, France becomes Tacoma’s newest sister city

On April 10, 2012, the Tacoma City Council approved Biot, France to be Tacoma’s newest sister city. This is Tacoma’s 12th sister city. The Tacoma-Biot Sister City Committee is accepting members who are interested in becoming involved with this new relationship. Contact Debbie Bingham, sister city coordinator, at for more information.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Volunteer for the Planning Commission

The City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission has a vacant “Environmental Community” position available for citizens with a background or interest in environmental matters. The term for the position begins immediately after appointment by the City Council and expires June 30, 2013.
To apply, contact Cindy DeGrosse, Mayor’s Office, 747 Market St., Room 1200, Tacoma, WA 98402, (253) 594-7848, or visit To ensure consideration, applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Tacoma Sister Cities program awarded exchange funding

The City of Tacoma is one of seven U.S. cities selected by Sister Cities International to receive the Leading Asia: Renewing the U.S. and Japan Sister Cities Network exchange funding. The funding will enable a 10-day Tacoma delegation visit to our Japanese sister city, Kitakyushu.

Friday, March 30, 2012

New one-stop website for business community

If you are looking to start, grow or locate a business in Tacoma, check out – the City’s new business resource website. provides up-to-date business information as well as free business assistance options in Tacoma.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Opportunities open to volunteer for Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma City Council invites individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the arts (literary, visual and performing) to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission. If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity. For more information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, go to and select “The Arts".

Monday, March 26, 2012

Celebrate the opening of the Lincoln Avenue corridor on April 2

Join the Port of Tacoma and City of Tacoma to celebrate the opening of the Lincoln Avenue corridor on Monday, April 2, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gog-le-hi-te Wetland (near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Stewart Street).

The Lincoln Avenue Corridor is a vital link between downtown Tacoma and the Port. It includes the City’s Lincoln Avenue Bridge, completed this past December, and the Port’s Lincoln Avenue Grade Separation, completed last summer.

This is an outdoor event. Attendees are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear, to dress for the weather and to park at Cascade Sierra Solutions, 2202 Stewart St.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Museum of Glass names new executive director/curator

The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Glass has announced the appointment of Susan Warner as executive director/curator. As director, Warner will oversee the continuing development of the Museum of Glass as it begins its tenth year of operation. Opened in 2002, the Museum has attracted 1.8 million visitors from all 50 states and 75 countries. In July, the Museum will celebrate its 10 year anniversary.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Celebrity Cake Studio makes a move

The Celebrity Cake Studio left its longtime home at Freighthouse Square for a new location at 314 E. 26th Street in the Dome District. Not only is this bakery making a move physically, but they're also planning to be on the move with Cake Mobile! If you are having a craving for a sweet treat, keep your eye out for a lavender mobile bakery.

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MLK Subarea Plan community workshop scheduled for March 22

Help define the key priorities for the Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood and work to explore strategies for how to address them at a community workshop on March 22 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the McCarver Elementary School Library located at 2111 South J St. For more information visit the project website at

Monday, March 12, 2012

Corina Bakery mixes it up!

Recently, Corina Bakery moved to a larger space next door to The Grand Cinema. The space is bigger and airier than Corina’s old locale. Go grab a baked goodie and some tasty coffee at Corina's new home located at 602 S. Fawcett Ave.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Job growth projected for Tacoma

RealtorMag article touts Tacoma as the 8th largest area for job growth in the next decade:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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Friday, February 24, 2012

A reason to celebrate

Did you know that it's Tacoma Drinks Washington Beer Week? Cheers!

2012 Innovative Grant Program now accepting applications

If you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood, you should consider applying for a 2012 Innovative Grant. Innovative grants are intended to assist and support neighborhood organizations within Tacoma’s eight Neighborhood Council districts to develop and implement small-scale physical improvement projects.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on April 27, 2012. Applications may be downloaded at or by email request to or by calling (253) 591-5208.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Spaceworks Tacoma success

Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce that two project sites in the Hilltop Business District have converted to house full-time independent business tenants. After just six months with the program, both Fab-5 and N. Dybevik Piano Company have transitioned into leases with the property owner of the Spaceworks building located at 1310-1316 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Get charged up!

Tacoma now has 12 new public electric vehicle charging stations. The charging stations are available for public use at a cost of $3 per charge. For more information and EV locations, visit

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shift is happening in 2012

Support Go Local – an independent business alliance dedicated to creating connections for businesses with other businesses, services, resources, new customers, non-profits, and local government – and attend Shift Happens 2012 on Jan. 30. Go Local Shift Happens 2012.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Connect at Camp6

A new website - Camp6 - is all about creating and building a sense of community. The site plans to promote the merchants, style, and culture that makes our community what it is. The founders hope to inspire growth and understanding within Tacoma. Check it out for yourself at If you are interested in being featured on Camp6 as a “Merchant” or want to showcase an event, contact:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hot Dog! Tacoma has a new food cart

Downtown Tacoma's first and only hot dog cart is open for bizz! T-Town Dogs can be found at Tollefson Plaza across from the Museum on Pacific and 17th. Go get your dogs Tacomans. @TTownHotdogs

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Community meeting to discuss future of MLK neighborhood

The City is developing Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood (MLK). The MLK neighborhood on Tacoma’s Hilltop is well positioned for economic revitalization and densification and is one of the City’s 16 mixed-use centers that are identified in the City’s Code as Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) receiving areas.

On Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Evergreen State Community College, Tacoma Campus, Lyceum Room (1210 6th Ave.), the City will host a community meeting to discuss the Subarea Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

For more information about the project, visit