The Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County celebrated the South Sound’s innovators at its 40th Annual Meeting on March 8, 2018 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. With an audience of over 550 business, civic, nonprofit, and education leaders in attendance, the Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of economic development decision-makers and influencers in the South Sound.
Board chair, Greg Unruh, is president of the Franciscan Foundation, and was the event’s emcee. He welcomed the capacity crowd and introduced the packed agenda, which featured awards and panelists speaking about innovation. After providing an update on the important work CHI Franciscan Health is doing in Pierce County, Unruh passed the mic to Bruce Kendall, EDB president and CEO.
Citing the EDB’s approach to serving its clients and partners, Kendall highlighted his favorite phrase: “Compete every day forever.” He later used the theme of “cranes, planes, and brains” to describe recent development in Pierce County.
RAIN Incubator, Tacoma: The nonprofit Readiness Acceleration and Innovation Network (RAIN) Incubator was founded as a collaboration between passionate people who wanted to bring regional assets together such as the UW Tacoma, MultiCare Health System, and Madigan Army Medical Center to unlock local innovation in the life sciences. RAIN opened its doors in September 2017.