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2015 U.S. Open Championship Tallies $134 Million in Regional Economic Impact

Pierce County and neighboring counties realized a $134 million boost in total economic impact from the U.S. Open Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association at Chambers Bay Golf Course June 15-21, 2015, a recent study reveals. Full article…

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.

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Centerforce is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) Community Rehabilitation agency that connects people with disabilities (clients) to their communities through work. Executive Director Debby Graham, dedicated staff, and an energetic Board of Directors, have given hope to dozens of adults and teens. The agency has placed these adults and teens into productive jobs with local and regional employers, including Albertson’s, RAM Restaurants, Amazon, Pen Met Parks, Jones’ Seasoning Blends, and Concordia Lutheran School, among others. Last year 319 clients gained jobs or work experience through the organization’s innovative programs. Full article…

Upcoming Events & Updates

March 24, 2016 TRCVB’s Annual Tourism Matters Meeting at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Advertisement Featuring Local Aerospace Companies in the Site Selection January Issue
Check out the advertisement on page nine of Site Selection’s January issue. It features 13 Pierce County aerospace companies and promotes Tacoma-Pierce County as a great location for aerospace industries. Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 49,000 executives of fast-growing firms.

Export-Import Bank of the United States
The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is an independent, self-sustaining agency. Its 2015 track record was impressive:

  • 109,000 jobs supported by EXIM authorizations
  • $431.6 million surplus generated for American taxpayers
  • Nearly 90% of EXIM authorizations directly benefited small businesses  (some under $5,000)
  • Authorized $12.4 billion of financing to support $17 billion worth of U.S. exports
  • All with a default rate of less than one-quarter of one percent

If you are a small business thinking about exporting your goods and services, the EXIM may have a program that can help you. For information, please call Hans Kueck at 253.798.2335.

Job Opening at Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB)
The EDB has posted a job opportunity for an experienced Vice President for Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) to join their team. The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County recruits and retains primary businesses in the South Sound. Click here to view the job posting.

Grants for Exporting Available from Washington State Department of Commerce
The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Export Voucher program, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion grant, offers qualified companies new to exporting or expanding into new export markets up to $5,000 for export-related expenses (a minimum 25% cash match is required). For more information and the application, visit their website.

IRS Ready to Start 2016 Tax Season; Encourages use of IRS.gov and e-File; Works with States, Industry on Identity Theft Refund Fraud
The nation’s 2016 individual income tax filing season opened Jan. 19, with more than 150 million tax returns expected to be filed this year. People will have until Monday, April 18 to file their 2015 tax returns and pay any tax due. The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers to again receive tax refunds this year. Last year, the IRS issued 109 million refunds, with an average refund of $2,797.

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


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