Due to the plane crash on Ketron Island ferry services have been disrupted and crews are working to resume normal service. For the latest information view ferry alerts here.
Ketron Island Plane Crash
Thank you to all Pierce County departments, especially Pierce County Ferries, the Pierce County Sheriff, HMS crews, federal, state and local responders, in particular JBLM, West Pierce Fire and Rescue and the Air National Guard for their swift and outstanding response to the Ketron Island plane crash last night. A job well done!
Council passes Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program
The Pierce County Council voted unanimously to pass the Family-Wage Jobs Credit Program Ordinance 2018-51s, which aims to increase the number of higher paying jobs in unincorporated Pierce County, attract new businesses, enhance economic activity and expand the county tax base.
Employers making payments for construction fees and permits, who demonstrate they have created five or more new permanent family-wage jobs with a salary of $52,197 or more will receive a one-time rebate of $275 per job created.
“Pierce County continues to be an outstanding place to start and grow a business,” said Vice-Chair Dan Roach. “With this ordinance in place, we can highlight and incentivize all that our county continues to offer businesses.”
The program will take effect Jan. 1, 2019 and sunsets on Dec. 31. 2025.
Pierce County at the Farnborough International Airshow
Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson and the Pierce County team at the WA State Commerce Booth ready to start recruitment of business to Pierce County at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA).
FIA provides the most diverse range of exhibitors from core sectors of the aerospace industry; space, civil, military, manufacturing technology, rotary and MRO. The Space, Aerospace 4.0 and Innovation Zones provide a platform to showcase the developing technology used within these sectors with company exhibits, product briefings, conferences and demonstrations.
The Council is the legislative branch of Pierce County government and is the policy-determining body of the County, as provided by the County Charter. The Council has all powers of the County not otherwise reserved to the people, the Executive, or general law.
The seven members are elected from each of seven contiguous and equally populated districts. Each county councilmember represents a district having a population of approximately 115,000 people (as of the 2010 Census) and is elected to a 4 year term.