Politics & Government

Tacoma state of the city event to be held in Feburary

For the second year in a row the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce will host the State of the City address, given by Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

Last year’s sold-out event drew around 250 paying guests, who heard Strickland’s speech about “Tacoma 2.0.”

This year’s theme is “Tacoma Rising,” and the address will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center’s third-floor ballroom.

Per the city press release:

“Strickland will review major accomplishments of 2014 and share plans for the new year on several topics including Tacoma 2025, economic development, education, international relations, broadband Internet access, transportation, and President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Challenge.”

Tickets are $40 per person and $25 for students. Last year’s event sold out a few days before the event. Tickets will otherwise be available at the door for $45. The money will cover the expenses of hosting the event, said Lynnette Buffington with the chamber.

Bennish Brown, president of the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau, will emcee the event. As last year, chamber president Tom Pierson will also speak.

Those who can’t make the event will be able to watch a replay of it on TV Tacoma.