Twelve local projects were selected to receive funding through the Port of Tacoma’s Local Economic Development Investment Fund (LEDIF) in 2023.

Of the 23 applications received, the port’s LEDIF review committee, led by Commissioners Ang and McCarthy, recommended twelve projects move forward in the process. Funding for these projects, and total investment of $250,000, was approved by port commissioners at their May 4 meeting.

The port’s LEDIF program authorizes investments with local governments and non-profit organizations that seek to promote Washington state based international trade, tourism, or infrastructure efforts in Pierce County.

Organizations and projects selected to receive LEDIF funding in 2023 include:

  • City of Gig Harbor - Anich homeport dock
  • City of Puyallup - Downtown economic development plan
  • Daffodil Festival - Grand floral parade
  • Foothills Rails to Trails Coalition – Rainier-to-Ruston relay race
  • Foss Waterway Seaport Museum - Willits Brothers canoe exhibit
  • Harbor Wildwatch - Marine Life Center
  • Key Peninsula Farm Council - Farm & Harvest Festival
  • Museum of Glass - Glass Fest
  • Pierce County Parks - Carbon Corridor visitor signage and marketing plan
  • Tacoma Metro Parks - Pt. Defiance Flower & Garden Show
  • Washington Maritime Blue - Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator
  • Western Forest Industries Museum - Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad

More information about the Local Economic Development Investment Fund can be found on the port’s website.