This editorial appears in Wednesday’s print edition.
There shouldn’t be any doubt whether Tacoma should pursue an “Innovation Partnership Zone” designation for a piece of land on the east Foss Waterway.
That designation would give added impetus to what the city and its boosters have wanted all along for that area: to use the Center for Urban Waters as a magnet for businesses focused on green technologies – specifically ones dealing with clean water.
The city’s application meets most of the state’s requirements for an IPZ. For instance, it has room to accommodate growth and would provide a focused area for research. What it lacks is a globally competitive firm to partner with – but that is not considered to be a deal-breaker if the city can show that it’s likely to find such a company. Read more »