We are a coalition of employers, workers, educators and leaders across sectors who believe that the South Sound community is stronger when united around values we all share. Our focus is jobs — good jobs, a variety of jobs — creating them and preserving sites for employers to operate, and as we build our economy, safeguarding our natural environment. These are priorities that all of us in the South Sound can rally around. 

We believe that a healthy economy and our quality of life are closely linked.  Attracting, creating and sustaining a variety of job types is the foundation for a prosperous region, a clean environment and a healthy Northwest lifestyle. 

The Place for Jobs coalition describes these shared values and community priorities in our South Sound Prosperity Pledge. We invite you to take a stand with us. Participate in the community conversation about what a prosperous South Sound means and sign on to the South Sound Prosperity Pledge.

Raise your voice online and out in the community: South Sound is THE Place for Jobs.

 
 

The Place for Jobs Coalition Co-Chairs

 

What is The Place for Jobs coalition?

We are a coalition of South Sound employers, workers, educators and leaders who promote our community’s shared values of economic prosperity, environmental protection, social equity and public safety. Our focus is jobs—good jobs, a variety of jobs—creating them and preserving sites for employers to operate. We have signed the South Sound Prosperity pledge as individual coalition members and as business, labor, nonprofit and government organizations. We invite you to join us and stand with us. To learn more and sign the pledge go to the Take Action page.

Who are the coalition members?

The Place for Jobs coalition includes a broad cross-section of community leaders, from health care, nonprofits, politics, education, labor, manufacturing, real estate, maritime, media, sales and government.

The Place for Jobs coalition is chaired by Marilyn Strickland, Tacoma Mayor; Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive; Mark Martinez, Executive Secretary of the Pierce County Building & Construction Trades Council; Bruce Kendall, President & CEO of the Economic Development Council for Tacoma-Pierce County; and Tom Pierson, President & CEO of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.

Join us in pledging to support our shared values of economic, social and environmental stewardship. To see our growing list of members, go here.

Why is the coalition necessary and what are its goals?

We are national leaders in the South Sound in education, arts, environmental stewardship and quality of life. But we need to do more to support our families by creating new jobs and retaining the jobs that are already here. Our unemployment rate is 5.3, higher than King or Snohomish counties. According to the United Way, 12% of our families live in poverty. Another 22% struggle to meet their families’ basic needs. We need to support a variety of jobs here and preserve places for employers to locate and grow. Our residents, on the whole, are younger than in other Washington counties. We’re also the fastest growing county in the nation. This is because our communities are wonderful places to raise families, and people are moving here to do just that. Yet 48% of our workers leave Pierce County for their jobs. Spending 3 to 5 hours a day in your car commuting takes a toll on your quality of life. Having a job here that is closer to family allows you to participate in your kids’ school activities and get to them in an emergency, have the time to participate in community life, and the energy to enjoy all the South Sound has to offer.

The Place for Jobs coalition is committed to jobs—good jobs, a variety of jobs—creating them and preserving sites for employers to operate in Pierce County. We are rallying the community around our shared values of economic prosperity, environmental protection, social equity and public safety. The best things to happen in the South Sound have been the result of our whole community coming up with solutions and working together.

What is the South Sound Prosperity Pledge?

The South Sound Prosperity Pledge is a call to rally around our shared values and support jobs. Signing it allows you to join our coalition. To learn more and sign the pledge go to PlaceForJobs.com.

The Pledge is below:

The Place for Jobs coalition seeks to rally the South Sound community around the values we all share:

  • Supporting a variety of jobs in the South Sound is essential for a healthy Northwest lifestyle and a prosperous South Sound.
  • 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.

What is The Place for Jobs coalition’s stand on fossil fuels?

We do not advocate for any specific project or industry. The Place for Jobs coalition calls for a conversation around our shared values. Let’s have a thoughtful discussion community-wide about achieving a triple win—economic, social and environmental stewardship.

What is The Place for Jobs coalition’s stand on proposed restrictions on land use in the port industrial area?

We do not advocate for any specific policy change. The Place for Jobs coalition is committed to jobs—good jobs, a variety of jobs. We believe that the South Sound should preserve available employment sites to support jobs that make our way of life possible. We are rallying the community around our shared values of economic prosperity, environmental protection, social equity and public safety.

What else can people do if they want to support The Place for Jobs coalition?

  • Talk to your family, friends and co-workers about our shared values and the need for jobs—good jobs, a variety of jobs—for a prosperous South Sound.
  • Encourage people to sign the South Sound Prosperity Pledge.
  • Join The Place for Jobs on Facebook and Twitter and spread the word on social media.
  • Stay informed. Follow the news, including updates in our News section.
  • Attend meetings in the community.
 

Coalition Members