City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/17/2011

June 17, 2011
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • City hosts Military Contractors Workshop: The City held a Military Contractors Workshop on June 16th, featuring information and resources for companies interested in contracting with the military and other federal agencies. The workshop was attend by over 200 people from a variety of Lakewood, Pierce County, Thurston and King County firms and was held in the City Council chambers. The response to the workshop was very positive, and over 110 firms signed up for the drawing that was held for two follow-on workshops to be held over the next four weeks. The follow-on workshops are to aid firms in signing up for the registrations and numbers needed to begin the process of entering data bases and referral networks for future contracts, and will be held in the City's training room.
  • Lakewood 101: The first session of "Lakewood 101", an overview of city government, was presented to a "class" of 29 citizens on June 16th. The speakers included the city manager and a number of department directors.
  • LPD's 1,000th DWLS/DUI impound: Congratulations to Officer Ryan Moody, who caught the 1000th DWLS/DUI offender in the new emphasis program to enhance the safety of our streets.
  • Staff attends Washington Economic Development Conference: At the Washington Economic Development Conference this week Ellie Chambers-Grady, Linda Nguyen of Workforce Central, and Susan Suess of the Economic Development Board presented "Roasters, Soldiers, and Scientist's" -- the Pierce County Job Creation Model. The conference was partially funded by a Department of Labor Grant to feature best practices of Workforce and Economic Development partners working together to further economic growth and job creation in their area, and the team was selected to do the presentation. The conference presentations were filmed and will be uploaded to a Department of Labor website along with the white papers on the various topics.
  • Seven Youth Complete the Counselor In Training Program: Seven youth ages 13-17 completed Counselor in Training certification through the Parks, Recreation and Community Services CIT program. These youth learned about leadership, customer services and how to work with children in camps and other programs. They also received their CPR/First Aid certification. After completing their training they are offered opportunities to apply what they have learned through volunteer experiences in programs and classes offered by they Parks, Recreation and Community Services department.