City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 2/8/2013

February 8, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Pierce County Regional Council (PCRC): The annual General Assembly of the PCRC was held in Fife on February 7th, with most cities and towns in Pierce County represented. Mayor Anderson, Deputy Mayor Whalen, Councilmember Barth, as well as the city manager, ass’t city manager/development, and public works director were in attendance from Lakewood. The guest speakers included Garrison Commander Chuck Hodges from JBLM, Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown who is the president of the Puget Sound Regional Council, and Robert Puentes, a senior fellow from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Council. The focus of the workshop was on transportation infrastructure and its critical connection to the success of our regional economy.
  • CPSD board president and superintendent meet with mayor and city manager: Superintendent LeBeau and board president Carole Jacobs met with Mayor Anderson and the city manager on February 8th to review progress of the collaborative efforts between the City and the District.
  • Staff conducts business retention visits: Business Retention/Expansion (BRE) visits have been very active with staff meeting with 16 companies since the beginning of the year. The companies are quite a range from apartments, print shops, professional services, technical, hospitality and assisted living.
  • Staff meets with former QFC site brokers: Economic Development staff met with Cushman and Wakefield from Seattle, the listing agent engaged by Homestreet Bank to sell the former QFC site and adjoining properties. The goal for this team is to attract potential purchasers and have an offer in the month.
  • Economic Development staff attend EDB Health/Medical Services Cluster meeting: Staff attended the EDB Health/Medical Services Cluster meeting. The goal of this group is to better understand medical services assets in Pierce County and then eventually develop a strategy to grow that cluster to increase private investment and job creation.
  • Site visit with international food manufacturer: Economic development staff hosted a site visit for a new project with an international food manufacturer. While the building reviewed would not work for their project, they did provide a referral to another company they thought to be in an expansion mode and needing a presence on the West Coast.