2018 Funded Projects

In 2018, The Local Economic Development Investment Fund supported these eight projects in Pierce County. 

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center
For the development of architectural renderings and sketches for design of a new Asia Pacific Cultural Center complex along Ruston Way.
The City of Lakewood 
For the design and survey development of the 123rd Street construction in Springbrook to provide ingress and egress.
The City of Sumner
For SR 410 Traffic Avenue Interchange Improvements.
The Harbor History Museum of Gig Harbor
To improve the museum’s Maritime Gallery, create a ‘Salmon, Seiners, and Life on the Sea’ exhibit, for the improved interpretation of the Shenandoah Project, and for a take away interpretive guide to ‘Finding Fish Boats’ exhibit.
Pierce County 
For upgrades to software for eight interconnected traffic signals in the Frederickson Manufacturing Industrial Center.
Pierce Transit
For a feasibility study regarding a ferry service between Tacoma and Seattle.
The Point Defiance Zoological Society 
For the development of the Port of Tacoma Tidal Surge Exhibit/construction to support the Pacific Seas Aquarium.


Points Northeast Historical Society
For interpretive signage for the Browns Point Light Station historic site.

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