Friday, September 23, 2011

Keeping Jobs – Growing Jobs

The most effective economic development tools for strengthening a local economy are keeping the jobs you have and growing your local businesses.

The Tacoma City Council is about to decide regulations that will jeopardize several dozen jobs at a local business and zoning that will affect the ability of other businesses to expand in their present locations. You have a stake in their decision as keeping jobs and local businesses either adds to or diminishes your own opportunities for success.

Right now, the Tacoma City Council is considering whether to amend or adopt recommendations sent to them by the Tacoma Planning Commission about the community’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update. You need to speak up for keeping jobs and local businesses in our community.

This Chamber needs its members to be active in this process. It is important for these jobs and local businesses. And most important, it is vital for ALL businesses, including yours.

It is important the City Council hear from the entire business community about these impacts. I realize it may seem odd for a business to speak out on an issue unrelated to its own business, but your voice may have a greater impact in two ways. First, there is strength in numbers: a large outcry about the general attitude of local government toward business will have weight. Second, the more diverse our voice is, the greater pause it will give elected members: a business speaking against regulations that do not directly impact them shows the enormity of any proposed actions.

Value the jobs and businesses you have more than the ones you don’t, and may never.

For help with specific issues or more background, call on your Chamber’s staff as your resource: Gary Brackett, 253-682-1720 or Mike Weinman, 253-691-7877.

You may write or comment:

September 27, 5:30 p.m.
Tacoma Council Chambers
747 Market Street, Tacoma 98402

Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Councilmembers
City of Tacoma
747 Market Street, Suite 1200, Tacoma, WA 98402

Can I count on your support?

Tom Pierson, President & CEO, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber

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