It was an evening to celebrate world trade Thursday as more than 200 guests gathered at the Hotel Murano Bicentennial Pavilion in downtown Tacoma for the annual World Trade Center Tacoma Globe Awards banquet.
Before the awards were presented, Port of Tacoma Commission Chairwoman Clare Petrich explained that 40 percent of Washington jobs are “tied to trade,” and noted, “We’re really glad to see so many customers here.”
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said she sometimes faces a choice in which priorities the city should address, and now believes, “Instead of figuring who gets a bigger piece of the pie — grow the pie.”
Trade, she said, helps grow that pie, as do relationships with cities around the world as exemplified by sister-city partnerships.
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Newly installed WTCT President and CEO Louise Tieman briefly explained a fresh initiative, the Washington Investment Pipeline, which she said would help businesses both grow and profit from international trade.
Her goal for WTCT, she said, will be “to play a critical role in economic development in this community. We’re ready to take it up a notch — or three.”
The winners recognized at the ceremony were Vose Technical Systems, Inc.; Desh International Law, PLLC; Northwest Container Services; and Point Ruston Development.