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Washington cities don’t steal business from each other, right?

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on June 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm with No Comments »
June 26, 2009 3:18 pm

Actually, that’s not right.

Seattle making a run at attracting/stealing Russell Investments may be making enemies south the King-Pierce border, but it is part of a long tradition.

In fact Tacoma has gotten the best of the competition recently, carting off three big shipping clients and several smaller ones. And just seven years ago Tacoma launched a campaign to place billboards and advertisements throughout Seattle urging business to consider defecting.

The picture below was taken in May of 2002 by Peter Haley and depicts Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma unveiling one of those billboards near Safeco Field.

So while there are lots of reasons for Russell to stay in Tacoma, the place where it was born and raised, it seems a bit odd to say Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is breaking some “gentlemen’s agreement” when he made a bid for the company.

I write about all this Sunday.

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