Economic development for Pierce County

Economic development at the Port of Tacoma 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. Municipal entities must agree to enter into the Port of Tacoma’s Interlocal Agreement in accordance with § RCW 39.34

Investments prioritize:

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

If your project is found to be within the Port’s statutory authority and policy guidelines, your application will be considered during the Port of Tacoma’s annual review process. See There will be additional information and instructions on the application.

2021 Funded Projects

Foss Waterway Seaport Museum
Foss Waterway Seaport Museum

12 Virtual tours with pretty gritty tours.

Foss Waterway Seaport Museum
Foss Waterway Seaport Museum

Design, printing and fabrication of interpretive displays.

Harbor History Museum
Harbor History Museum

New maritime gallery.

Key Peninsula Farm Council
Key Peninsula Farm Tour

Key Peninsula Farm Tour

Museum of Glass
Museum of Glass

Weekends on the waterway July/Aug events.

Tacoma Historical Society
Tacoma Historical Society

Virtual tour of the labor history of Tacoma.

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Travel Tacoma

Seventy/48 human powered boat race between Tacoma & Pt. Townsend

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Travel Tacoma

International glass art society annual global conference.

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Washington State Historical Society

Interactive exhibit on international trade.

WM Factory
William Factory Small Business Incubator

Local to global workshops for emerging and underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Gig Harbor Logo
City of Gig Harbor

Community paddlers dock at Ancich Waterfront Park

City of Pacific
City of Pacific

Stewart Road corridor-UPRR at grade crossing upgrade.

City of Tacoma
City of Tacoma

Ghost Timbre artwork at Dickman Mill

Past funded projects

2020

Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Architectural Design of a new Asia Pacific Cultural Center building.

Chambers Creek Foundation
Enhanced Interpretive Signage Program, including sharing the marine history of their properties.

City of Lakewood
146th Street SW industrial park road improvements to the freight corridor leading from the Woodbrook Business Park.

City of Puyallup
Meridian Avenue Restoration Project, including the analysis of safety and visibility improvements around the freight rail connection where Meridian and the Central Business District intersect.

City of Sumner
Stewart Road Bridge Replacement: A project to replace the existing two-lane Stewart Road Bridge with a four-lane bridge, including a shared-use path and sidewalk.

City of Sumner
166th Avenue E reconfiguration project: Working with WSDOT, the City of Sumner will make significant improvements to the interchange of the Sumner-Tapps Highway (166th Ave. E) and SR 162. The port’s support will assist in the final design for this project to be prepared for construction.

Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team
Marine infrastructure for a human-powered watercraft dock.

Pierce County
Global marketing of Pierce County Commercial/Industrial opportunities web portal.

Points Northeast Historical Society
Restoration of the Browns Point Lighthouse.

Tacoma Sister Cities
Port support will be used by Tacoma Sister Cities for professional research, interviews and recording of Tacoma’s Sister Port and Sister Cities histories.

2019

City of DuPont
This project is to widen DuPont Steilacoom Road by adding a new lane in each direction between Warf Road and Barksdale Avenue to accommodate commercial traffic to and from the DuPont Industrial area.

City of Fife
For the creation of a Science and Family Volcanic Bash event, highlighting the unique geology of Pierce County.

City of Fife
To complete a study for the 54th avenue and Taylor Way corridor between the SR509 Spur and a new interchange the Puget Sound Gateway project will create.

Pierce County
For a feasibility study of adding a public boat ramp location along the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma.

Gig Harbor BoatShop
For rebuilding the marine railways system at the historic Eddon Boatyard in Gig Harbor.

Pierce County Parks & Recreation
To do an analysis study of the Tacoma to Puyallup Regional Trail connection.

Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission
Support for the SEVENTY48 human powered craft water race from Tacoma to Port Townsend.

Visit Rainier
For the development of a Mobility Tourism Guide to assist seniors and people with disabilities access to Mt. Rainier National Park.

City of Lakewood
In support of the city’s SummerFEST Festival, Triathlon and Triple Threat event to be held July 13, 2020.

City of Orting
For the development of a tourism video promoting tourism to the City of Orting, the Puyallup and Carbon rivers, the Foothills Trail, city parks and city events.

 

 

 

 

2018

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.

2017

  • The Washington State Historical Society’s Model Train Festival
  • The Town of Wilkeson’s SR 165 Adventure
  • Pierce Transit Ruston Trolley extension
  • Mt. Rainier Amphitheater Summer Concert Series
  • The Foss Waterway Seaport, to support the development of a Puyallup Tribe Museum Exhibit.
  • Pierce County Public Works, to support the economic assessment of the Canyon Road East Freight Corridor.
  • The Asia Pacific Cultural Center, to support the conclusion of a Business Development Plan for a new 390,000 square foot campus.

2016

  • Foss Waterway Development Authority - 2017 Festival of Sail
  • Dome Business District marketing video
  • City of Sumner - Overpass upgrade on State Route 410
  • City of Lakewood - Signalization at Durango & Steilacoom

2015

  • 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.