Pierce County Economic Development Update
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Helping Existing Companies Thrive and Grow

One of the ways the Pierce County Economic Development Department supports the business community is by providing loans to small businesses. When businesses are in need of additional capital to complete the financing for a particular project, loan programs like Pierce County’s Community Investment (PCCIC) loan program and the Pierce County Community Development Corporation loan program are available at interest rates comparable to bank rates and in some cases, below market rates. We recently helped Kavitha and Bhanu Mullapudi purchase Alexander’s Lodge, a bed and breakfast located in Ashford, WA. Full article…



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Economic Impact of U.S. Open Shows County Fared Well

Pierce County officials have released the numbers showing the U.S. Open’s economic impact on the county. The financial summary shows Pierce County incurred about $3.9 million in overall expenses and saw just over $5 million in revenue, resulting in a net gain of approximately $1.1 million. Full article…



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Doing Business in Pierce County

Pierce County is home to businesses large and small and all are appreciated for their contribution to the County’s economic well-being. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and its partners work together to encourage and assist small, entrepreneurial firms to thrive and grow. In each newsletter, we feature one of these companies.


Wet Coast Brewing Company

Pierce County continues to be a leader in producing not only excellent beers, wines, ciders, and spirits, but also the entrepreneurs whose hard work and long hours make that happen. Founded by owners Bryan & Molly Copeland and Aaron & April Johnson, the newly opened Wet Coast Brewing Company in Gig Harbor continues in that tradition. Several ‘what if?’ conversations started between friends five years ago and jelled into firmer plans eventually producing a three-year business plan and launching a building process that resulted in the oddly named brewery. Wet Coast Brewing opened its door to the public on June 19, 2015. (The history of the name can be found on their website.) Full article...



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If Disaster Strikes, Is Your Business Ready?

With the recent wind storm and flooding, it’s a reminder that disasters can happen at any time. Is your business ready? If a catastrophic disaster hit your business, would it be able to survive? Planning for business survival can be simple or complex depending on your needs. Many tools are available to help with the process.  Full article…



Upcoming Events & Updates


January 13, 2016 – Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce’s Horizon Forecast at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.

March 2, 2016 – Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County’s Annual Meeting at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Have a Passion for the Arts?
The Pierce County Economic Development Department is seeking a citizen volunteer to serve on its nine member Arts Commission (PCAC) for a three-year term. Candidates are being recruited from District 2 (visit the link to see if you reside within this district). Successful candidates will be appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. If interested, please visit our website for more information: www.piercecountywa.org/arts.  



Pierce County Economic Development
950 Pacific Ave, Suite 750
Tacoma, WA 98402

www.piercecountywa.org/edd


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