Port of Tacoma awards economic development funds to 10 Pierce County projects

The Port of Tacoma Commission identified 10 local economic development projects to invest in.

Browns Point Lighthouse Park. Courtesy of Points Northeast Historical Society

These projects will be funded by the Port’s Local Economic Development Investment Fund, an annual program that supports non-profit organizations and local governments in Pierce County that promote international trade, tourism or infrastructure efforts.

At their May 21 and July 16 commission meetings, Port commissioners approved a total investment of $229,000 for projects submitted to the 2020 Local Economic Development Investment Fund. 

Of the 26 applications received, the review committee, led by Commission President John McCarthy and Commissioner Deanna Keller, recommended funding 10 projects. The committee was composed of Port commissioners and staff. 

“These are great programs, and we are looking forward to supporting these investments in Pierce County,” said McCarthy. 

“These organizations are well deserving of these investments and have done a great job serving our community,” said Commissioner Kristin Ang. 

This program is one of the many ways the Port works to encourage economic development throughout Pierce County. 

Learn more about the Local Economic Development Investment Fund.

 2020 Local Economic Development Investment Fund program selected projects 



Award amount 

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

Architectural Design of a new APCC building 


Chambers Creek Foundation

Enhanced Interpretive Signage Program 


City of Lakewood

146th Street SW industrial park road improvements 


City of Puyallup

Meridian Ave. Restoration Project 


City of Sumner

Stewart Road Bridge Replacement  


City of Sumner

166th Ave. E reconfiguration project 


Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team

Marine infrastructure for 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

Research, record, and develop a mobile exhibit documenting the histories of Tacoma’s sister ports and cities. 


About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound. More than 29,000 jobs are generated by port activity, which also provides $195 million per year in state and local taxes to support education, roads and police and fire protection for our community. As a partner in The Northwest Seaport Alliance, the Port of Tacoma is also a major cargo gateway to Asia and Alaska.