ECONOMIC SHOWCASE EXPECTS BIG DRAW
Highlighting recent and planned developments, as well as opportunities for developers and investors, the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department will host an Economic Showcase on June 1, from 8-11 a.m. at LeMay: America’s Car Museum (2702 E. D St. in Tacoma). The event is currently expected to draw more than 150 brokers, developers, investors and tech-savvy businesses.
At the event, there will be remarks from Mayor Marilyn Strickland on the more than $275 million in planned investments from foreign developers, Portland-based brewer McMenamins on plans for the restoration of the Historic Elks Lodge, local residential developer Loren Cohen on the success of the Point Ruston mixed use development and why it makes more sense now than ever before to develop housing in Downtown Tacoma, and University of Washington Tacoma real estate director Patrick Clark on the organization's blueprint for expansion in the future. Representatives from the City's Community and Economic Development Department, and other community leaders, will also be in attendance to share information and answer questions.
"Tacoma is seeing tremendous economic growth," said Community and Economic Development Director Ricardo Noguera. "We're seeing a vacancy rate of less than 2 percent in downtown residential properties and residential rents that have risen above $2 per square foot. Residential rents for newer units are now at more than $2.30 per square foot. We're also seeing a dramatic upswing in development activity in our Brewery District, which is evolving steadily into an area much like Portland’s Pearl District or San Francisco’s South of Market. Now is the time to invest in Tacoma."
TWO PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO SPEAK IN TACOMA
On May 14, 1948, as Zionist leader David Ben Gurion was proclaiming a Jewish state in Palestine, his heavily armed troops seized the ancient Palestinian Arab town of al-Zeeb and drove out most of the inhabitants. Eighteen-year-old Mariam Fathallah was one of them. She and her young husband and their families were forced to flee to Lebanon, along with most of the town. By the end of the year, the 4,000-year-old community had been leveled to the ground. More than half the Arab Palestinians in Palestine were killed or expelled and more than half of the cities, towns and villages of Palestine were made to disappear, a crime that Palestinians call al-Nakba (the Catastrophe).
Mariam, now 86 years old, wants to meet you and tell her story in person. So does Amena Ashkar, the granddaughter and great granddaughter of other Nakba survivors, who has known no other home than refugee camps.
TAHOMA NATIONAL CEMETERY HONORS MEMORIAL DAY
Each Memorial Day, Tahoma National Cemetery and other National Cemeteries hold a ceremony to honor the men and women that have served and are serving our great country. This year the community is invited to a Memorial Day program to remember and honor all military members who have served or are currently serving our nation. Tahoma National Cemetery is a commemorative partner with the Department of Defense for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. This year we will have a special segment to recognize and hold a commemorative lapel pinning ceremony for Vietnam War era veterans, those who served between (Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975).
Keynote speaker will be Lourdes E. ‘Alfie’ Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Alvarado-Ramos was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord. During her military career, she was the recipient of awards and decorations that include the Legion of Merit. She is alumni of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration. She is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Cabinet and chairs the Washington State Military Transition Council. She also serves as lead for the Governor’s Healthy and Safe Communities Goal Council.
Guest speaker will be Nataly Morales representing Senator Patti Murray.
This event will be held at 1 p.m. at the Tahoma National Cemetery main flag pole assembly area. Parking space is limited in the cemetery. Visitors should plan on walking to and from your parking spot to the ceremony. Parking is available for disabled passengers and drivers with a shuttle to and from the ceremony assembly area.
Tahoma National Cemetery is located at 18600 SE 240th St. in Kent. For more information, contact the Tahoma National Cemetery office at (425) 413-9614.
HOWARD L. SMITH NAMED NEW DEAN OF MILGARD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
The University of Washington Tacoma has named Dr. Howard L. Smith as the new Gary E. and James A. Milgard Endowed Dean of the Milgard School of Business.
Smith served as dean at the University of New Mexico for both its Anderson School of Management and School of Public Administration. He led both schools to national and international rankings including multiple mentions as one of the top 15 business ethics programs in the world for 2003-2004. While at the University of New Mexico, Smith collaborated with the Anderson School’s board to provide access to local community leaders and small business owners.
He spent six years at Boise State University. Due to his leadership and fundraising success as dean of the College of Business & Economics, Smith was asked by the president to serve as vice president for advancement, where he initiated the university’s first comprehensive fund raising campaign in 2007, raising $175-million over a seven-year period, the largest such campaign in Idaho history.
Most recently, Smith served as the founding dean of Pacific University College of Business, located in Cottage Grove, Ore.
His new position marks a return of sorts for Smith: he received his Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. “It’s extremely gratifying to me to be able to return to the Pacific Northwest and an exceptional opportunity to serve as the dean of the Milgard School,” said Smith.
The Milgard School was recently accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the first time it has been accredited separately from UW’s Foster School of Business. “That accreditation shows the depth of the work of the school’s faculty and leadership,” said Smith. “It’s a significant accomplishment. I have the deepest respect for those leaders that preceded me, and I look forward to working with the faculty to continue the Milgard School’s tradition of excellence.”
Smith will have a tenured appointment as a full professor. He will begin his new role on July 1.
SCIENCE BEHIND PREVENTION FOCUS OF FREE CONFERENCE
Marijuana dependence can begin at an early age. According to the State Liquor and Cannabis Board, one in eight youth who uses marijuana by age 14 becomes dependent. State experts say the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington contributes to increased youth usage.
At a free conference on June 10, Marijuana Prevention Conference: Science of Prevention for Professionals, educators, counselors, mental health providers, and youth workers have an opportunity to learn how to steer youth toward making healthy choices. This first-ever conference, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, will connect professionals with regional and national experts.
“Professionals who work with youth need proven strategies to intervene early,” said Tutrecia Baker, health promotion coordinator at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. “This conference is a way for professionals to learn how to apply the science of prevention to have a positive effect in schools and the community,” Baker said.
While the long-term effects of marijuana on intelligence are unclear, according to the Washington State Department of Health, marijuana can alter brain chemistry and affect academic achievement in youth. The conference includes several speakers who will explore these issues:
Workshop facilitators: Kevin Haggerty, expert in marijuana use and youth development from the University of Washington; Jason Kilmer, explores youth health behaviors, including marijuana use, from the University of Washington.
Keynote speakers: Kevin Sabet, advisor to three U.S. presidents on drug policy and co-founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana); and Larry Cohen, founder and director of the Prevention Institute.
In addition, a youth panel will offer professionals first-hand accounts of marijuana use.
The free conference includes a free breakfast and lunch. Register at: tinyurl.com/YMPProfessional. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department partnered with Puget Sound Educational Service District to co-sponsor the event. Chemical dependency professionals can earn continuing education credit through the National Association of Addiction Professionals for attending the conference.