2015 Funded Projects

2015 Funded Projects

  • Foss Waterway Development Authority for the 2017 Festival of Sail, a family maritime event with regional, state and national significance.
  • Mt. Rainier Visitor Association to launch the Mt. Rainier Concert Series, supporting the association's focus on creating a stable year-round economic climate through tourism.
  • Tacoma Waterfront Association to help the organization build a new website to bring visitors to Tacoma's waterfront using interactive maps and an events calendar.

Background information

Economic development at the port occurs in direct ways, such as the development of publicly-owned marine terminals and industrial parks, as well as indirectly through community economic development investments.

Our Local Economic Development Investment Fund has an annual budget of $250,000. It is available to non-profits and municipal agencies in Pierce County, and may be used to help local jurisdictions fulfill matching requirements to receive a larger grant. 

Investments prioritize:

  • Road and freight rail infrastructure projects that create long-term jobs
  • Marine tourism infrastructure projects intended to attract tourists to Pierce County from outside locations
  • Planning activities or events promoting international trade 
  • Planning activities or events promoting tourism intended to attract tourists to Pierce County from outside locations