Local News

Pierson: Chambers bridge public, private sectors

Tom Pierson, CEO of Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. (Photo courtesy of the Tacoma Chamber)

Business and government must work together in order for the economy to continue growing. That’s the message Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber CEO Tom Pierson delivered today to the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce.

“One of the things I’m passionate about is business,” he said. “Especially in this economy, it’s about growing jobs and not only just attracting people to come do business within your community, but also making sure we’re retaining the businesses that are here.”

He says Alaska residents directly benefit from Tacoma business. Pierson says 70 percent of all freight traffic comes to Alaska through Tacoma’s port and the value coming through the port equals about 3 billion dollars. That makes Alaska the fourth largest trade partner for the Port of Tacoma.

And, Pierson says, predictability is important, too. For example, businesses can benefit from knowing how federal environmental regulations will affect the cruise industry.

“Making sure people know what are the steps, what’s the vision of where we’re going,” Pierson said. “That’s important to business to know what’s the EPA matter mean to the cruise lines. How many are coming in the next year. they know how many are coming in the next 3, 4, 5 years. It’s going to matter what your business does.”

Cruise lines are concerned about stricter fuel regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. And Pierson says the more local business owners are aware of larger issues, the better positioned they are for long-term success.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

Fire department gearing up new volunteers this August

Dave Miller, Chief of the Sitka Fire Department, was joined by Fire Captain Jani Snyder to discuss their upcoming firefighter training. The department is actively recruiting more volunteer firefighters to be trained and IFSAC certified, which authorizes the volunteer to fight fires in Alaska and throughout the United States. The Firefighter I class begins on September 15, 2015 and will run through December. The training is designed for volunteer firefighters, but can also be a launch pad for career firefighters. Downloadable audio. more

Rural doctors use video conferencing to keep practice fresh

Capture2
Dr. Brian Wood is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the medical director for a telehealth project called ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes). Dr. Wood was joined by Dr. Irbert Vega, who has participated in ECHO's session for HIV medicine for the past six months. Dr. Vega is a family medicine doctor at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and talks about how joining ECHO has helped him treat HIV patients in Sitka. Downloadable audio. more