The Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Board’s annual meeting at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center today highlighted the group’s annual Top 10 list of notable projects capped by news that Amazon is working on a $100-million distribution facility in DuPont that will employ some 300 people when it opens this fall.
But there were other notables as well, including a $30 million Navy contract landed by Safe Boats International or news that Carlisle Construction Materials is siting a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Frederickson.
Former Congressman Norm Dicks received the EDB’s Golden Shovel award for his long roster of supporting economic development in the region.
Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy's national economics and finance correspondent, served as the keynote speaker and talked about the federal cuts thanks to the failure of a deal to avoid the mandatory cuts under sequestration.
He equated the lack of a deal to a couple going out to dinner and fighting over who eats the bread instead of talking about who feeds on the steak since the proposed cuts or even the new revenue ideas don’t tackle the issues of entitlements that are growing faster than the economy or new revenues.