Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Tacoma Awards Honor Downtown Contributions


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Businesses, organizations and individuals who make outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma were recognized with the annual New Tacoma Awards at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s monthly luncheon held Friday, July 11, at the Pacific Grill Events Center. 

The Chamber, in coordination with sponsors Tacoma Power’s Click! Network, Tags Awards & Specialties and Blitz & Co., honored nominees and recipients at the luncheon.

The 2014 New Tacoma Awards recipients are:

Foss Waterway Seaport’s Rehabilitation received the Ghilarducci Award that recognizes successful new development, renovation or beautification.  The Foss Waterway Seaport recently rebuilt its main north facing wall as a massive wall of glass windows.  This wall has invited the community into the space while also showcasing the Seaports' great collection and activities.
 
Justin Mayfield of Downtown Block Party received the Popham Award that recognizes the individual who has done the most to build community spirit. Through his organization, Local Life, Justin has created the Downtown Block Party, now in its fifth year.  This event brings hundreds of people to downtown for a free event each year highlighting some of the great things downtown Tacoma has to offer. 
 
Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma received the Public Places Award that recognizes the best activation of a public park, open space or area within the public right-of-way. Downtown On the Go brings hundreds of people onto the streets of downtown making the streets more alive.  The growing momentum of the Walk Tacoma series is a great sign that people are ready to get to know their "downtown," contributing to the area's revitalization in a huge way.
 
Tinkertopia received the Schoenfeld Award that recognizes exemplary performance and pizzazz as a retailer.  Darcy & RR have created a unique have for artists and recyclers who are looking for something a bit different. They are a destination for teachers, students, artists, crafters, inventors, makers, hackers and tinkerers of any age in search of unusual materials for any creative venture.
 
Children’s Museum of Tacoma received the Union Station Award that recognizes leading organizations, companies or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization.  The mission of the Children's Museum of Tacoma is to celebrate the power of play in the lifelong journey of learning. They strive to be a leader in our community in using play to learn, grow and thrive.
 
After a great luncheon and energy from everyone making downtown great we are looking forward to all the exciting things our downtown community has in store for the next year.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 New Tacoma Award Nominees!


Each year the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber recognizes individuals, businesses and organizations making outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma with the New Tacoma Awards.
 
This year the Chamber, in coordination with sponsors Tacoma Power's Click! Network and Tags Awards & Specialties, will honor nominees and recipients at the Chamber Luncheon on July 11th at the Pacific Grill Event Center at 1530 Pacific Avenue, 98402 from 11:30 to 1PM. For more information on the program and to register, please visit the Chamber's website.
The 2014 New Tacoma Award Nominees are:

The Ghilarducci Award recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification:
- Community Health Care’s New Regional Health Center
- Foss Waterway Seaport’s Rehabilitation
- HHJ’s Rehabilitation of the Rector’s Building
- Tacoma Post Office Building Rehabilitation
- UWT Section of Prairie Line Trail
The Popham Award recognizing the individual that has done the most to build community spirit:
 
- Dion Thomas of Gallery of Ambition
- JD Elquist of The Elquists
- Justin Mayfield of Downtown Block Party
- Rusty George of Rusty George Creative
The Public Places Award recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space or right-of-way:

- Alchemy Skate’s Go Skate Tacoma Day
- City of Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue Streetscape
- Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma

The Schoenfeld Award recognizing exemplary performance and pizazz as a retailer or restaurateur:

- Anthem Coffee
- Creative Forces Gifts & Sundries
- Endless Prints
- Handlebar Cycling Studio
- Harmon Brewing
- Moss + Mineral
- Savor Creperie
- Stink
- Tinkertopia

The Union Station Award recognizing organizations, companies or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization:

- Children’s Museum of Tacoma
- Downtown Merchants Group
- Milt Tremblay of UWT

Congratulations to all the nominees! For a list of prior winners, please see the Chamber's website. We look forward to seeing you on July 12th.

BIA, Downtown Businesses and the Link


David Schroedel, the Chamber's Metropolitan Development Director and BIA Manager, makes the case rather effectively for BIA's stepping in to help fund the Tacoma Link as a guest on local radio station KLAY in June. 

Schroedel also gave a concise and helpful description of the BIA, its operation and its mission. When anyone asks what the BIA does then recommend this audio file!

Click here to listen to Schroedel's segment.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gift Card Giveaway to Downtown Businesses

The City of Tacoma is wrapping up construction on Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma.  To celebrate they are giving away gift cards each week to people who stop into at least two businesses in the project area.

Pick up your passport at any participating business. Then visit one additional business to be qualified to enter the a drawing to win one of five great prizes!  Drop off your Pac Ave Passport through December 31 at either Learning Sprout Toys or the Tacoma Art Museum's Franciscan Polar Plaza Skating Rink. No purchase is necessary.

There are a variety of downtown businesses participating some of which are below.  For the full list of businesses participating, please see below the jump.

Some places you may already go downtown that are participating:
Aesthetica Clinique (801 Pacific)
Blitz Florist (909 Pacific)
Dorky’s Arcade (754 Pacific)
Granolas Frozen Yogurt (1716 Pacific)
Lucky Penny (950 Pacific)
Pacific Grill (1502 Pacific)
Savor Creperie (1916 Pacific)
Tacoma City Grocer (1250 Pacific)

For more on the project and the passport, please visit: www.cityoftacoma.org/pacave

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Congrats to All of the New Tacoma Awards Recipients!

(left to right:) Tacoma Runners, Sue Schaeffer, Tacoma Waterfront Association, Dawn Lucien, Murray Morgan Bridge Rehabilitation, Frost Park Chalk Off and Dorky's Bar Arcade.
Congratulations to all of the New Tacoma Awards Recipients!

Each year the Tacoma- Pierce County Chamber recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations making outstanding contributions to downtown Tacoma with the New Tacoma Awards.

In coordination with sponsors AmericanWest Bank, Tags Awards & Specialties, and Blitz and Company, the Chamber honored both award nominees and recipients at the Chamber's July Luncheon last Friday.

The 2013 New Tacoma Awards recipients are:

The Ghilarducci Award recognizing successful new development, renovation or beautification: Murray Morgan Bridge Rehabilitation. The bridge celebrated its 100th anniversary earlier this year after years of renovation and renewed community energy. The renovated bridge reconnects the downtown core to the tideflats and both the east and west sides of the Foss Waterway.

The Popham Award recognizing the individual that has done the most to build community spirit: Sue Schaeffer with the Tacoma Waterfront Association. During her tenure at the Tacoma Waterfront Association, Schaeffer oversaw numerous improvements to Tacoma's waterfront, such as seaplane floats, Point Ruston, and improving connections to the Foss. Schaeffer has worked diligently from the beginning to grow the organization, engage members, and improve Tacoma's waterfront to be a destination enjoyed for generations.

The Public Places Award recognizing the best activation of a public park, open space, or right-of-way: Frost Park Chalk Off. For six months of the year, Joel Larson, RR Anderson, and others with the Frost Park Chalkies have met every Friday on the corner of South 9th and Pacific Avenue for the past six years. The chalk-offs bring people to one of north downtown's pocket parks for lunch, entertainment, and community energy.

The Schoenfeld Award recognizing exemplary performance and pizazz as a retailer or restaurateur: Dorky's Bar Arcade. Dorky's fun blend of old school arcade games and laid back bar scene on the corner of 9th and Pacific make it a premiere hangout spot for locals looking to relax and have a good time. Owners Caroline and Les have also worked to bring the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show to Tacoma from Seattle.

The Union Station Award recognizing organizations, companies, or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization: Tacoma Runners. Started in 2010, Tacoma Runners is a social running group that meets every Thursday evening at a local watering hole, bringing over 100 people. This popular group has a goal of healthily engaging the community and helping create connections between runners of all abilities.

Congratulations to all of our New Tacoma Awards recipients and nominees and thank you for all of your great contributions to making downtown Tacoma a wonderful place!

For information on all award nominees and past winners, visit the BIA blog.

Monday, July 15, 2013

7/17 Pac Ave Coffee Talk

Join the City of Tacoma on Wednesday, 7/17 from 10:00 - 11:00 am for Coffee Talk regarding the Pacific Avenue Streetscape project updates and upcoming work schedule. There will be an opportunity for input and feedback on the project. The meeting will be held at Dorky's Arcade located at 754 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Be on the Lookout for New Wayfinding Signs

Be on the lookout for downtown Tacoma's new wayfinding signs!

Today, Chris Storey, the Civil Engineer of the City's Public Works Department, presented a wayfinding update to the Tacoma City Council Economic Development Committee. You may recall previous discussions on the wayfinding project, which included public outreach, two open houses, surveys, and an advisory committee.

Currently, the sign designs are complete and the foundation installation is underway. Signs will be installed in two phases. Phase 1 consists of 11 signs along Pacific Avenue. Phase 2 will include 18 signs at identified downtown gateways, ranging from the Dome District to the Stadium District. Signage installation will begin next month and be completed this December.

The signs will be hard to miss standing at 13 feet high with large, readable print designed for cars travelling at 30 miles an hour. David Schroedel, the Chamber's Metropolitan Development Director, supported Storey in developing criteria for signage content. Criteria was determined based on the proximity of the destination to the current location and public feedback collected overa  ear from online surveys and open houses. Many responses came from area visitors and individuals from the hospitality industry.

A historic image covers the backside of the sign. The signs are removable from the base with the option to be changed out at a later time.

The Committee also discussed the future expansion of wayfinding and destination signage for the City, such as signs that lead to the different neighborhood districts, as well as utilizing existing transportation infrastructure to be used toward pedestrian oriented wayfinding options, like bus shelters and transit centers.