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Photo of the Chamber panel on Military
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Tacoma-Pierce County WA2WA 

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber 2019 WA2WA Trip was in mid-May. It was an outstanding conference in the nation’s capital with South Sound business leaders and civic officials.  I advocated with the Chamber delegation on a number of issues including transportation and infrastructure, trade, fisheries, defense, energy, workforce, health care, military procurement and economic development. Additionally, I served on a specialized panel regarding national defense policy and the role of JBLM in meeting our national security mission. I was joined on the panel with:
  • U.S. Congressman Adam Smith (WA)
  • U.S. Congressman Denny Heck (WA)
  • Paul Cramer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing & Partnerships), U.S. Army
  • Andrew Napoli, Assistant for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC),U.S. Army
  • LTG Guy Swan, III, Retired U.S. Army, VP for Education, Association of U.S. Army

Pierce County is Business Friendly   

Recently launched was, a newly created website which is a partnership between the Pierce County Economic Development Department and the Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County. This free online resource tool for potential business owners, includes a searchable database of hundreds of available buildings and sites. Also a feature, are detailed maps, demographics, and customized reports. As an at-large member of this EDB Board and Chair of the Pierce County Council Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee, it is important we have tools on hand that let's businesses know we want them to invest in Pierce County!

Pierce County’s Birth to 25 Advisory Board is accepting applications!

The Birth to 25 Advisory Board (B-25 Board) for Infant, Child, Youth, and Young Adult Development was recently established  by the Pierce County Council per Ordinance No. 2019-6.

Pierce County is committed to improve outcomes for youth and ensure success development from birth to 25 years of age. This 19 member board will make recommendations to the County Executive and County Council on a potential long-range plan which includes policy, systems, and environmental changes to ensure the successful development of infants, children, youth and young adults ages Birth to 25. 

The Board is accepting applications for applicants. Applications can be accessed here and must be received by June 15, 2019 to be considered. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me with any questions. 

D-Day Remembrance Day

D-Day Remembrance Day Proclamation
Presentation of D-Day Remembrance Day proclamation

The Pierce County Council passed unanimously Resolution 2019-71,proclaiming June 6, 2019 as D-Day Remembrance Day.  This day recognizes and remembers the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, which was the launch of Operation Overlord during World War II, and the liberation of Europe from Nazi occupation.  The resolution was received by CPT Elijah Bales and First Sergeant Stephen McNally from JBLM’s 2nd Ranger Battalion. The 2nd Rangers scaled the cliffs at Point du Hoc on D-Day to neutralize the German's coastal artillery.

A time of gratitude to our military and first responders

Candlelight vigil honoring fallen first responders
Candlelight vigil honoring fallen first responders

I had the privilege of being in Washington D.C. to participate in National Police Week with special events like the Peace Officers Memorial and the Candlelight Vigil, in honor of our law enforcement officers and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I was joined by a delegation from Pierce County which included the Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor and Executive Bruce Dammeier. We were all humbled to remember the incredible life and sacrifice of Deputy Daniel Alexander McCartney, who’s name was memorialized on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall this year.

I had the great honor to participate in two Mighty 6th district events on Memorial Day weekend, at JBLM and at the City of DuPont.  Thankful for all our community events that were provided to our families to remember and honor the fallen.

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