City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 3/8/2013

March 8, 2013
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Heidi Wachter, Interim City Manager

  • Council Priority: Foster redevelopment of the Pacific Highway Corridor, Woodbrook and Tillicum
    • Economic Development Staff Attends IEDC Conference: Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton completed the International Economic Development Course (IEDC) last week of the Real Estate Development and Reuse course. Highlighted topics included housing, retail, office, industrial, hotel, and mixed use development, regulatory and approval process including zoning and permitting, assessing community involvement and political feasibility, public, private and nonprofit financial modeling, understanding the pro forma operating statement structure, property valuation and capitalization rates, Brownfield redevelopment phase structure and liability, and request for qualification/proposal process. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession.
  • Council Priority: Maintain and enhance public safety
    • Lakewood Hosting Free Workshop on Cyber Crime & Identity Theft: The City of Lakewood’s economic development team has collaborated with their counterparts in Pierce County government to conduct a free forum for businesses of all sizes on preventing online crime and business identity theft. Businesses will learn about and what they can do to prevent or mitigate potential threats. The City and County will host the workshop in Lakewood City Hall’s Council Chambers at 6000 Main Street SW on Wednesday, March 20 from 8:30-noon. For more details and registration guidance, please visit “news updates” at www.cityoflakewood.us .
  • Council Priority: Continue cooperative partnership with educational institutions in Lakewood
    • CSRT Staff Reads Across America: CSO Gail Conelly participated in Read Across America by reading Dr. Seuss books to children from two classrooms at Lakeview Hope Academy on Friday, March 1st, as well as reading to approximately 30 children at Tyee Park Elementary School during their Family Fun Night on Thursday, February 28th. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
  • Other items of interest:
    • “Cherry on Top” Daddy/Daughter Dance: Over 250 dads, daughters, uncles, grandpas and friends joined the City of Lakewood for the 11th annual Daddy/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 2nd. The theme this year was “Cherry on Top” and families enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Black Bear Frozen Yogurt and danced the night away. This event has become tradition for many families and countless dads and daughters look forward to it every year. Each dad took home a photo that captured the memory of the night, and each daughter took home a beautiful red rose. Volunteers, staff and families can’t wait for next year’s dance, and planning is already underway.