Monday, April 20, 2009

City Center Lunch and New Tacoma Awards Draw a Packed House

The Pacific Grill Event Center was packed at noon on Friday with over 150 representatives from businesses across Tacoma. They came to see the Sixth Annual New Tacoma Awards at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s quarterly City Center Luncheon. The event drew a record crowd not only for the luncheon, but also for the Pacific Grill Event Center since its opening. Attendees also included Congressman Norm Dicks and his staff.

While the Luncheon generally focuses on what’s coming soon for downtown Tacoma, this spring version had the Chamber and Absher Construction presenting the 2009 New Tacoma Awards winners for the following four categories:

Ghillarducci Award - received by Hotel Murano,
recognizes successful new development, renovation or beautification. There were 13 nominees for this award.

Union Station Award – received by Gintz Group,
recognizes leading organizations, companies or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization. There were 6 nominees for this award.

Popham Award – received by Benjii Bittle,
Deputy Executive Director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. This award was named in honor of the late News Tribune Columnist Art Popham, and recognizes the individual that has done the most to build community spirit. There were 11 nominees for this award.

Schoenfeld Award – received by hello, cupcake,
recognizes exemplary performance and pizzazz as a retailer. There were 8 nominees for this award.

Attendees also heard about the future of the Lemay Car Museum and its downtown Tacoma economic impact, the future of Tacoma’s Farmer’s Markets, and the City of Tacoma’s bike Month activities in May.

Visit for more information or call Chelsea Levy, 253.627.2175,

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