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Olympic Moving and Storage Upgrades to New Facility and Location

Olympic Moving and Storage Upgrades to New Facility and Location

New location provides visible and busy location near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Olympic Moving and Storage is the first business to open in Lakewood’s new Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park. With a 45,000 square-foot warehouse facility, Olympic’s new location accommodates the company’s growth, business needs and allows the company to better serve its customer base.

Adjacent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and near I-5, the Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park location provides Olympic with close proximity to its most important business segment as a military contractor. “Our new location allows us to be nearer to the military community,” said Jill Ihly, vice president of Olympic Moving and Storage. “We are proud to serve military members by helping to facilitate their moving and storage needs and coordinating on their behalf if deployed.”

The Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park borders JBLM to the south, Woodbrook Drive on its east boundary, Woodbrook Middle School on its western perimeter and a residential area and JBLM on its north edge.

Ihly is the third generation in her family to work in the moving industry, following her grandparents and parents into the family business. The business opened in 1994 out of the family’s Olympia home, and Olympic Moving and Storage has since grown to four locations in Olympia, Federal Way, Bremerton and Lakewood with additional plans for expansion.

“It is exciting that Olympic Moving and Storage is the first business to open in the Woodbrook Business and Industrial Park,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “Over 150 acres of land are zoned as Industrial Business Park (IBP) and the parcels are ready for redevelopment. Olympic is pioneering the way for expected growth in the area.”

Mark your Calendar with Summer Events in Lakewood

With summer off to a fast start in the Pacific Northwest this year, the City of Lakewood is offering great family-friendly events throughout the warmer months. With activities ranging from the farmers market returning for the second year, to SummerFest and the Junk in the Trunk community garage sale, both visitors and locals will find something for every member of the family.

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City of Lakewood and St. Clare Hospital Partner to Builder Healthier Communities

St. Clare Hospital has just announced its decision to partner with the City of Lakewood and be the presenting sponsor for the 2013 Farmers Market and the 2013 SummerFEST Triathlon, giving a grand total of $15,000 to support these two summer events.

St. Clare Hospital has been a long supporter of the City of Lakewood and their programs sponsoring the first ever Jingle Bell Rock 5K in December 2012 and providing staff volunteers for the first SummerFEST Triathlon in July 2012. Along with a monetary donation St. Clare also offers the support of their food facility, staff volunteers and so much more.

“St. Clare Hospital has been absolutely wonderful to work with and a huge supporter of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services department,” said department director Mary Dodsworth, “we look forward to continuing to work together towards creating healthier communities this summer and in the future.”

This year will mark the second season of the Lakewood Farmers Market, which started out in 2012 as a pilot project to measure the feasibility of a Farmers Market and turned out to be a huge success. The Farmers Market begins on June 4, at Lakewood City Hall and runs until September 17th every Tuesday from 11am – 3pm. Farmers Market staff are predicting an equally successful 2013 Season with exciting additions including theme days, entertainment and much more!

2013 is also the second annual SummerFEST Triathlon which will take place on July 14th beginning at American Lake Park and finishes up at Fort Steilacoom Park during the annual SummerFEST event. With nothing but great things said about the previous years event, this triathlon promises to be nothing but spectacular.

For more information regarding either the SummerFEST Triathlon or the Lakewood Farmers Market please visit or call (253) 983-7887.

Experience Cultures From Around the World in Your Own Backyard

Experience Cultures From Around the World in Your Own Backyard

The Lakewood International Festival is Happening this Saturday

On Saturday, May 18, the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA ) is hosting the Lakewood International Festival honoring South Korea. The festival is 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus at 9401 Farwest Drive SW in Lakewood.

The free family event will feature cultural entertainment, international cuisines and arts and crafts vendors touting jewelry, art and other goods. Food vendors will include fare from the Caribbean, Polynesia, Asia and the Americas.

“The Lakewood Sister Cities Association promotes international harmony just as the festival melds East and West and encourages cooperation between different cultures,” said Connie Coleman-Lacadie, LSCA president. “For example, the festival entertainment includes 10 culturally diverse performances.”

The headlining act is the Siheung Municipal Traditional Arts Troupe visiting from South Korea; the troupe will perform traditional Korean dances. Other entertainment includes Japanese taiko drummers, an Indian dance group and other Russian, Filipino and Cambodian performers.

“As one of Washington state’s most diverse cities, we are delighted to support and celebrate the Lakewood International Festival,” noted Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “With enthralling costumes, cultural festivities and delicious goods, this is a great event for all-ages.”

Lakewood Employees Continue Learning

Two Lakewood Employees Earn National Economic Development Council Certification

Rebecca Newton and Jeff Gumm with the City of Lakewood received certifications as Economic Development Finance Professionals (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC).

EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of economic development with instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating, and the creation and implementation of development programs. Each of the four EDFP certification program courses is five days in length and concludes with an exam. Upon successful completion of all four courses, the candidate is awarded EDFP certification.

Newton is an economic development specialist with the City of Lakewood bringing nearly a decade of economic development experience. Hired in 2011, Newton’s primary focus has been on business retention and expansion. In addition, Newton assists with startup companies and works with businesses looking to expand or relocate to Lakewood. She provides access to procurement and technical assistance and connection to resources. Her background includes fifteen years in private for-profit advertising and marketing and eight years in private non-profit work.

Gumm as a grants program manager with the City of Lakewood and is responsible for managing multiple federal grant programs focusing on economic development, community development and targeted low-income housing. Employed with the City of Lakewood since 2002, Gumm oversees the development of multiple housing and community development projects. Recently, he took on the City’s Section 108 economic development loan program designed to create and expand job opportunities for low-income individuals through business retention and expansion.