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Man shot, in critical condition

At approximately 1 a.m. on Jan. 5, officers responded to a house in the 3800 block of North 21stStreet. A resident had called 911 to report someone had been shot. Upon arrival, officers located the victim and called for medical aid. The Tacoma Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital, where the victim was in critical condition. The victim is a 25-year-old white male. Detectives were called out and forensics responded to process the scene.

Volunteers needed for homeless count

Every day in Pierce County, hundreds of people sleep in cars, shelters, or on the street. They are someone’s mom, dad, child, or friend. Do you ever wonder how they lost everything and became homeless? Or how many people in your community are in a similar situation? These questions are answered every year through the Point-In-Time Count.

Pierce County Human Services is recruiting volunteers to conduct interviews with individuals and families on Friday, Jan. 24. Volunteers must register online, be over 18 years old, have access to a smart phone and commit to attend a training session.

A volunteer training session will be held on Jan. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Soundview Building, located at 3602 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma.

Even if you cannot volunteer, you can still help by donating items such as socks, blankets, hygiene kits, first aid kits, hand warmers, and packaged food like granola bars or bottled water. Donations are given out to anyone experiencing homelessness and provide a positive way to start a conversation. Donations can be dropped off through Jan. 23 at multiple locations, including all Pierce County Libraries and Tacoma Public Library branches, Lakewood Community Center, 9112 Lakewood Dr. SW. in Lakewood, Tillicum/Woodbrook Community Center, 14916 Washington Ave. SW. in Lakewood and Comprehensive Life Resources, 1305 Tacoma Ave. S. Suite 305 in Tacoma

Last year, volunteers identified 629 persons sleeping unsheltered outdoors, in cars, or in abandoned buildings – a decrease of 16 percent from 2018. In addition, 857 people were sheltered in emergency shelters or transitional housing units. Most of them lived in Pierce County before experiencing homelessness, showing that it is a crisis anyone can face.

Reminder: Applicants sought for Tacoma Creates Advisory Board

The Tacoma City Council is currently seeking applications for 11 positions on the Tacoma Creates Advisory Board:

  • Council Districts (Five Positions): One community member from each of the Council Districts.
  • Professional Expertise (Six Positions): One community member with professional expertise in each of the following: arts, culture, heritage, science, Pre-K – 12 public education in Tacoma, and expertise in community engagement or community development.

All applicants must be residents of the City of Tacoma; familiar with public programming in arts, culture, heritage, and/or science; and interested in Tacoma Creates goals regarding equity, access, and programs that provide public benefit for residents across Tacoma.

The Tacoma Creates Advisory Board will be comprised of 12 volunteer members recommended by the Economic Development Committee and appointed by the City Council. In addition to the positions outlined above, a representative from the Mayor’s Youth Commission will fill the youth position. For the initial board appointments, terms will be staggered as follows: four members, for a one-year term; four members, for a two-year term; four members, for a three-year term. Thereafter, all terms shall be for three years, with the exception of the youth position which will be a one-year appointment.

The Advisory Board will hold its public meetings on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., 2nd floor, room 248. Regular attendance at these monthly meetings is required; meetings generally last two hours. Beyond monthly meetings, Advisory Board members will occasionally participate in application review panels and will serve as outreach ambassadors to arts, culture, heritage, and science organizations, and the general public. 

Additional information on Tacoma Creates is available on the City’s website or from Lisa Jaret at (253) 591-5161 or LJaret@cityoftacoma.org.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Sunday, Jan. 26. To apply, please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact Michelle Emery at (253) 591-5178 or cservetacoma@cityoftacoma.org.

South Sound leaders convene at Horizons Economic Forecast breakfast

Many businesses depend on a healthy local economy. In the South Sound, businesses also rely on a healthy and reliable global economy. Information on where each is headed is vital for making sound business decisions. At the 2020 Horizons Economic Forecast, we will have information on both, including specifics on the real estate environment, retail growth, and B2B opportunities, as well as our local port, manufacturing, and industry. You don’t want to miss the 2020 Horizons Economics Forecast Breakfast – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 7-9 a.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. 

Local Economist and Researcher Dr. Neal Johnson of Sound Resource Economics, alongside Tom Layson, Host and Producer of KBTC’s Northwest Now, and a local panel which includes climate of our workforce, development projects update, and the future of housing will be presenting original commissioned research, the Pierce County Economic Index (PCEI) report, the panel will forecast the upcoming economic landscape of Pierce County and what to expect in 2020. Attendees of the event will later have all-exclusive access to a website version of the PCEI Report.

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Neil Bradley has spent two decades working directly with congressional committee chairpersons and other high-ranking policymakers to achieve solutions. At the Chamber, Bradley is responsible for aligning the organization’s overall policy priorities and advocacy efforts. He oversees several major policy divisions within the Chamber: Economic Policy; Employment Policy; Small Business Policy; and Cyber, Intelligence, and Security Policy.  Health Policy, Transportation Infrastructure Policy, and Environmental Affairs and Sustainability Policy are also under his leadership. 

Visit http://bit.ly/2020-Horizons for more information on the event, speakers, and sponsors.

City services expo comes to Tacoma Dome

The City of Tacoma is hosting “T-Town: Play, Explore, Learn” City Services Expo on March 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Tacoma Dome. The free, public event is part of an ongoing effort to raise community awareness about the services delivered by the various departments at the City of Tacoma, educate the community about how Tacoma’s municipal government works, and offer an opportunity for community members to share ideas and feedback about how the City should utilize its resources.

Designed to be an interactive community event, it will feature live demonstrations and hands-on activities for the entire family. New this year, there will be a quiet hour from 10-11 a.m. for guests seeking low sensory stimulation.
“This is a chance for our community to connect with the employees who work every day to serve Tacoma residents, businesses and visitors,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “If you’ve been wanting an opportunity to see a fire truck up close, talk to a police officer about the work that they do, learn where your water and power come from, get up to speed on changes coming this year to residential curbside recycling, or find out about the many other services the City of Tacoma offers, come to this event.”
Free parking will be available at the Tacoma Dome for this event. As additional event details become available, they will be posted at cityoftacoma.org/expo and on the City’s official social media channels.

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