Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland in Dallas to meet with, speak to nation’s mayors

Staff writerJune 20, 2014 

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland will speak Friday (June 20) in Dallas at the United States Conference of Mayors annual gathering.

Strickland will join the mayors of Oklahoma City, Louisville, Indianapolis and Cleveland in a panel discussion on “Education Excellence.”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will join a panel on Saturday (June 21) discussing “Building an Early Learning Nation.”

Perhaps the highlight of the convention will come Monday (June 23) with a panel that includes NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Sacramento Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive.

Other sessions will feature Maria Shriver, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, among others. Items under discussion will include bullying, transportation, the minimum wage and climate protection.

Along with other information, the mayors will be provided with a scorecard that looks at the effect of the recent recession. They will learn that employment in Olympia peaked in the third quarter of 2008, followed by a loss of 6,100 jobs, or 5.8 percent. In the Seattle-Tacoma area, pre-recession employment peaked in the first quarter of 2008 followed by the loss of 124,700 jobs, or 7.0 percent.

Olympia returned to its peak employment in the second quarter of this year, while employment in the Seattle-Tacoma region returned to its peak number in the third quarter last year.

Among the information the mayors will be given, they will learn that the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area enjoyed a Gross Metropolitan Product (a measure of the market value of all goods and services) of $258.8 billion in 2012 and $269.5 billion in 2013 (12th in the nation, ranked between Miami and Minneapolis), while this year looks to produce $279.8 billion and 2015 to produce $293.8 billion.

Olympia, with a GMP of $9.3 billion in 2012, will rise to $10.3 billion by 2015, according to conference statistics.

Comparing GMP in the Seattle-Tacoma to the GDP of nations worldwide, the area comes in between The Philippines and Finland.

Olympia rates between Macedonia and Malta.

Yakima comes in between Tajikistan and Bahamas.

Interestingly, the Gross State Product of Washington marks a position below the GMP of Dallas-Fort Worth, and just above the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Seattle-Tacoma area GMP represents 69.2 percent of the entire GSP of Washington. Olympia alone accounts for 2.5 percent. Tacoma alone, with a GMP of $35.1 billion, counted for 13 percent of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue GMP.

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