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Category: Downtown Tacoma


Hundreds flock to the first day of State Farm’s job fair in Tacoma

Downtown Tacoma’s newest big employer is hiring, and it has no shortage of candidates.

People came to the Hotel Murano’s Bicentennial Pavilion by the dozen on Tuesday, trying to land a job at State Farm. Doors to the job fair opened at 10 a.m. and the line to register for an interview was in the double-digits for hours.

The company wants to hire about 500 people. Before the job fair even began, more than 1,000 people had filled out applications online.

Angela Campbell of Puyallup graduated from Highline Community College in December and has been looking for work ever since.

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Chamber names winners of annual civic spirit awards

At a Friday luncheon, the Tacoma-Pierce Chamber presented its annual awards saluting local businesses and leaders.

This year’s winners were:

The Ghilarducci Award recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification:
• Murray Morgan Bridge Rehabilitation

The Popham Award (named for the late Art Popham, a business columnist at The News Tribune) recognizing the individual that has done the most to build community spirit:
• Sue Schaeffer, Tacoma Waterfront Association

The Public Places Award recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space or right-of-way:
• Frost Park Chalk Off

The Schoenfeld Award recognizing exemplary

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Tacoma’s first new major hotel in eight years opens near UWT

When Caroline Curtis and Vickie Molzer unlocked the front doors of the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Tacoma  Thursday afternoon, that simple, unceremonious event marked the informal end of seven years of planning, negotiation and construction that brought Tacoma its newest major hotel.

First conceived in 2006, the hotel developed by Seattle-based Hotel Concepts, slogged its way through numerous city design reviews, architectural modifications and the sluggish economy to finally become reality at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Curtis, operations manager for hotel operator BMI Hospitality and Molzer, the hotel’s first general manager, did the honors, and the hotel received its first guests.

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UPDATED: State Farm announces career fair next week in downtown Tacoma for 500 jobs

This just in, from State Farm regional spokesman Brad Hilliard:

“We are seeking to fill 500 openings at our Job Fair next Tuesday and Wednesday.” The rest of his email:

People interested in a career with State Farm are encouraged to visit to fill out an application then come to the job fair on July 16 or 17 prepared to interview with HR recruiters and department managers.

Candidates will be considered for claim handling and processing careers that focus on customer service. We are looking for career minded individuals who are interested in competitive salaries, great benefits and flexible work schedules.

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Tacoma-built high-technology fishing boat heading for Alaska

A boat whose bright blue hull had become a landmark along Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway over the last few months has bid goodbye to Tacoma and the shipyard that built it.

The Northern Leader, the largest commercial fishing boat built in the Northwest in the last two decades, left its moorings at J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. Sunday afternoon headed to Seattle for some brief final outfitting.  The vessel, 184 feet long and 42 feet wide, will then sail to Alaska where it will begin its working life.

The vessel’s departure was marked by a relatively rare occurrence, the raising of

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New Foss apartment could break ground in September

A new waterfront apartment building, the first built on downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway since the recession began six years ago, could break ground as early as September.

The 167-unit Henry Apartments are planned for a site between the existing Albers Mill and the Interstate 509 cable-stayed bridge over the waterway.

The Foss Waterway Development Authority has been expediting the deal that will allow the construction to begin since early this spring when it requested proposals for the site.

The authority’s board Wednesday night voted unanimously to sell the lot, called Site 1 by the authority, to the Henry Group,

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Planning meeting to discuss first steps in major developments to North Downtown – including Stadium District

More people, bigger buildings, more pollution, transit, housing, commerce … whew!

If you live in, work in, own property in or care about Tacoma’s North Downtown area, then you might want to attend a public meeting that will discuss the impact of development there over the next few decades.

For planning purposes, North Downtown roughly runs from the Thea Foss Waterway to Yakima Avenue and from South 15th Street up through the Stadium District, to include Wright Park, the St., Helens District and Tacoma’s commercial core.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, in the main

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City of Tacoma puts out a request for developers to build on downtown’s biggest undeveloped site

This just in via e-mail from the City of Tacoma: A solicitation has gone out to dozens of developers, brokers and investors, asking for proposals to buy and develop downtown’s biggest undeveloped site.

The so-called 6-acre parcel, once planned to be the site of the police headquarters, has been vacant since 2002,  just up the hill from the University of Washington Tacoma. The city wants “(h)igh quality projects that contribute to the area’s vitality” for the site. Proposals are due by Aug. 20.

Read the RFP here.

The parcel most recently was targeted by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center

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