To ensure that the South Sound provides a globally competitive environment for the manufacturing sector of the economy, we are guided by these principles:
- Creating and maintaining family-wage jobs, providing job training and education programs, and lowering the South Sound unemployment rate are community imperatives;
- A healthy South Sound economy means supporting our shared values of economic prosperity, environmental protection, social equity and public safety;
- The South Sound should preserve available employment sites to support jobs that make our way of life possible;
- A taxation system that promotes capital investment and research and development activities will help keep manufacturing jobs in the South Sound;
- Energy policies should respect Washington’s unique environmental factors, infrastructure and market conditions, and foster reliable, sustainable and affordable energy supplies;
- A cost-effective and predictable regulatory environment is essential to facilitating business operations and keeping compliance costs manageable;
- Improving employer access to highly skilled employees by supporting strong accountability measures, innovative management techniques, enhanced academic rigor, and efficient use of resources to improve education throughout Washington state is vital to our economic and social well-being.
Director, Manufacturing Industrial Council
Strong Voice for Industry
Meredith Neal, urban and environmental planner, former member of the Tacoma Planning Commission and project manager for MRF Construction in Tacoma leads the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound. Reach her at MeredithN@MICSouthSound.com.
Why is the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound necessary?
The manufacturing, industrial and maritime community is a key part of the South Sound economy and needs a group exclusively dedicated to its interests. This is especially true now as the City of Tacoma embarks on developing a land use plan for the port industrial area in the Tacoma Tideflats. This Subarea Plan will establish where and what manufacturing, industrial and maritime uses are allowed in the port industrial area in the future.
While the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound’s initial focus is creating and maintaining jobs in the Tacoma Tideflats, its focus will broaden over time to include other industrial areas around the South Sound.
How is the new group connected to The Place for Jobs?
The Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound takes over the rallying cry of The Place for Jobs, which built a broad-based coalition of employers, workers, educators and leaders who believe that creating and preserving family-wage jobs in the South Sound is the foundation for a prosperous region, a clean environment and a healthy, thriving community.
Now the Place for Jobs is transitioning to a more focused mission as the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound - the voice of the manufacturing, industrial and maritime community.
The new organization shares the former group’s values for the South Sound: economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, social equity and public safety.
Who is leading the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound?
The new group is led by Director Meredith Neal, an urban and environmental planner, former member of the Tacoma Planning Commission and former project manager for MRF Construction in Tacoma.
How can I participate?
The Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound will hold regular meetings and will issue calls to action on important issues through our email list and Facebook and Twitter pages. You can also contact us at Hello@MICSouthSound.com. Supporters in the community are welcome to join us.