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Tacoma: Broadnax names four finalists for city’s top economic development post

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has named four finalists seeking to become the city’s next top economic development chief.

The finalists — among 69 candidates nationwide who applied to fill the city’s vacant Community and Economic Development Department director’s job — include:

Ellen Miller-Wolfe, economic development manager for the City of Kirkland;

Ricardo Noguera, former housing and economic development director for the City of Visalia, CA;

Eric Anthony Johnson, executive director for University Park Alliance in Akron, OH;

and Steven J. Anderson, former president and chief executive officer of Lake County Partners in Lake County,IL.

The winning candidate will

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Tacoma: Big annual “signature” festival — is it one answer to city’s economic woes?

Wanted: A big, annual signature festival that screams Tacoma.

Qualifications: Should be homegrown, able to draw out-of-town tourists and help kick-start a stagnant economy.

Contact: The City of Tacoma’s economic development department.

As part of a larger presentation to the City Council Tuesday, Economic Development Director Ryan Petty unveiled a series of focus areas and ideas that city officials could incorporate into a new vision for growing businesses and creating jobs in Tacoma into the future.

Developed from the feedback of business leaders, merchants, neighborhood groups, nonprofits and others, the discussion provided a list of economic development areas that city stakeholders say they want Tacoma to focus on most – from clarifying its role in fostering business growth, to simply finishing the projects it starts.

The presentation also included several “new ideas” Petty offered to council members for consideration in any new strategy.

One idea, which calls to “co-develop a signature annual festival,” drew the most council reaction – both good and bad.

“I worry a little bit about creating a new (festival) when we could be building what we already have,” Councilwoman Lauren Walker said.

The festival idea was among dozens offered in the second part of Petty’s three-pronged approach toward charting a new economic development course for the city.

The first part, delivered in August, provided members with a detailed overview of existing initiatives. During a final session in November, the council is expected draw upon all it has learned to set a new plan.

“Some of these ideas will be in that strategy,” city spokesman Rob McNair Huff said Tuesday, “and I presume some of them will not.”
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