Neighborhood Council Month in Review - February

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Neighborhood Council Month in Review

February 2020

Coronavirus Updates

Tacoma Proclaims State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19 - Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards proclaimed a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 in accordance with the Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.10. The proclamation of emergency will be confirmed by the City Council at the earliest practicable time.

Get up to date information about how to protect yourself from the Coronavirus - With ongoing concerns regarding the Coronavirus, it is important to keep up to date on new information, and learn how you can minimize your risk. 

Sustainability Expo and T-Town to be Rescheduled - As part of the City’s efforts to help prevent community spread of the virus, we are evaluating City-sponsored events scheduled for March. At this time, out of an abundance of caution and in recognition of community concerns, we have decided to reschedule the South Sound Sustainability Expo that was to take place on Saturday, March 14 as well as the T-Town City Services Expo that was to take place on Saturday, March 28.

The City of Tacoma is Taking the Precaution of Closing Its Senior Centers - The City of Tacoma continues to make community health and safety a top priority. While there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at either the Beacon (415 S. 13th St.) or Lighthouse (5016 A St.) Activity Centers, due to the increased health risk from COVID-19 to people over the age of 60, the City has determined that it would be in the best interest of senior participants to close the centers beginning March 11, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Neighborhood Councils Canceled for the Month of March - Our NCS strategic planning meeting is re-scheduled from March 12 to April 2. Details and registration links can be found at In the meantime, we invite you to participate in our survey related to the plan. Your participation and feedback is vital in accurately capturing the successes, needs and challenges as we set priorities for the next five years. If you have questions about the survey or strategic plan please contact 253-591-5058 or

Program Highlights

Innovative Grants are Available Now! 

The City of Tacoma is providing funding for the 2020 Innovative Grant program to create an opportunity for inspired residents of Tacoma to make a positive impact in their community, within the eight Neighborhood Council areas. We invite Tacoma neighbors and groups to apply for and implement a project that will benefit their neighborhood. Visit the Neighborhood Council Web Page to learn more and apply!  

Neighborhood and Community Services Strategic Planning Session

Our NCS strategic planning meeting is re-scheduled from March 12 to April 2. Details and registration links can be found at

What's Going On?

Last month's emerging issues from across multiple neighborhood councils.

Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2020 Historic Preservation Awards - Nominations can be submitted for consideration through Google Forms through Wednesday, April 22. 2020. The awards ceremony and reception will be on Thursday, May 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Point Defiance Pagoda (5801 Trolley Ln). The event is free and open to the public. Historian Melissa McGinnis will give a keynote presentation on the history of Tacoma’s parks. Light refreshments will be provided.

U.S. General Services Administration Northwest/Arctic Regional Headquarters
Announces Plans to Relocate to Tacoma in the Summer of 2021 - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has announced its plans to relocate its Northwest/Arctic Regional headquarters from Auburn, Wash., where it has been for more than 50 years, to the Columbia Bank Center at 1301 A St. in Tacoma, Wash. This move is projected to bring approximately 320 jobs to Downtown Tacoma in the summer of 2021.

Applications are now available for Tacoma Creates funding - Active Business District Associations and Neighborhood Councils recognized by the City of Tacoma may apply for funding for neighborhood-based arts, culture, heritage, and/or science programs or events, especially fairs and festivals, but must have a Fiscal Sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization in Tacoma that meets Tacoma Creates’ Primary Purpose criteria of advancing or preserving arts, culture, heritage, and/or science. The application deadline for Impact Funding is March 18, 2020; this cycle of funding will cover programs that happen between June 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. More information, including application guidelines and requirements, at

Upcoming Events and Public Hearings

Community Forum - The next Community Forum is Tuesday, March 17 due to the cancellation of the Council Meting on March 10. Community Forum is an opportunity to speak before Council on any matter the City has jurisdiction over. With ongoing coronavirus concerns, please visit the City's Facebook Page to see updates on cancellations. 

Asked & Answered

Below are a list of topics and concerns that came up over the last month during Neighborhood Council meetings city-wide. Read on for clarifications and answers to your questions. 

You Asked for It

Question: When is the South Sound 911 Center on Pacific Avenue going to be completed? (South End)

Answer: The 911 operations center will be completed spring 2021. You can learn more and view monthly updates on the South Sound 911 Project Web Page