Public Engagement Opportunities for Sustainability in Tacoma

Budget Input Meetings

As the City of Tacoma develops its 2015-2016 Biennial Budget, members of the community are invited to participate in the following upcoming budget input meetings



Meeting Location

 July 14, 2014

 6 – 8 p.m.

 District 3 – Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, WA 98405

 July 17, 2014

 6 – 8 p.m.

 District 1 – Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St., Tacoma, WA 98407

 July 24, 2014

 6 – 8 p.m.

 District 5 – Birney Elementary School, 1202 S. 76th St. Tacoma, WA 98408

 August 4, 2014

 6 – 8 p.m.

 District 4 – Lincoln High School, 701 S. 37th St., Tacoma, WA 98418

 August 7, 2014

 6 – 8 p.m.

 District 2 – Stadium High School, 111 N. E St., Tacoma, WA 98403


2014 Citizen Survey

The citizen survey is meant to assess the City’s performance in major service areas, and will help the City better understand residents’ perceptions of service areas. The survey findings will help define the community’s current priorities and will aid the City’s ongoing operational planning and improvement processes.

Citywide Strategic Plan

Tacoma is one of the nation’s healthiest, safest, and most playful cities. We have daily access to stunning natural surroundings and a great quality of life. We recognize just how lucky we are, but we know we can make it better. During the next five months, the City is inviting the community to help build a shared vision for Tacoma’s future and the steps needed to achieve it by 2025.

I encourage you to get involved – Tacoma 2025 will help guide our future resource allocation and budget decisions, so make sure your voice is heard!

  • Join the Engage Tacoma online community forum to comment on key topics and respond to other community members’ ideas. This is the best and easiest way to provide much-needed feedback on the proposed ideas.
  • Visit the Tacoma 2025 booth at one of the many summertime events, including:

o   June 17: Point Defiance Zoo (11am-3pm)

o   June 21: Go Skate Tacoma, Tollefson Plaza (10am-2pm)

o   June 22: South Tacoma Farmers Market, STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th Street (11am-3pm)

o   July 4: Freedom Fair, Ruston Way Waterfront (10am – 2pm)

o   July 12: Out in the Park, Pierce Transit Park (12 noon – 5pm)

o   July 13: Art on the Ave, 6th Avenue at Cedar Street (11am – 5pm)

o   July 19: Proctors Farmers Market (9am-2pm)

o   July 26-27: Ethnic Fest, Wright Park (12 noon-7pm)

  • Make plans to attend a community-wide visioning meeting on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (more information to come!)


Transportation Master Plan

The role of the Transportation Master Plan is to help the Tacoma community consider its transportation systems, how well they’re functioning and what needs, including funding, will be necessary over the next 20 years. The first step was to work with the citizen volunteer Transportation Commission and others to understand future land use needs and how pedestrian, bicycle, transit and vehicle networks can support those. Now, feedback and public involvement from residents, businesses and organizations will help further shape this long-range planning effort.


Please visit with us at the following events:

Tacoma Pride Festival on July 12, 2014

Ethnic Fest on July 26, 2014

Visioning Community Workshop on July 30, 2014


Also, tell us how you feel about transit services with this survey:

Continuing Opportunities:

City Council Meetings

As the policy-making body of the City, the City Council serves as the link between the residents of Tacoma and their municipal government. They are responsible for enacting and amending City laws, adopting the Biennial Budget, appointing citizen boards, committees and commissions and providing guidance and direction for actions which affect the quality of life in the City. City Council meetings are every Tuesday at 5pm at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St. You can also watch City Council meetings live on TV Tacoma.

City of Tacoma Updates

Receive updates on any of the following: construction projects, neighborhood and community services, social media, City Council meetings, newsletters (Tacoma Today, Past Forward, LEAP – SBE Newsletter, Special Events Newsletter, Focus on Child Care Aware, Focus on Child Care Professional, Downtown Construction, City of Destiny, MHCD Collaboration, Sustainability Semi-Annual Report), initiatives, news, environmental services, development projects, or charter review. Subscribe here.

Neighborhood Councils

In 1992, the City Council established Tacoma’s eight Neighborhood Councils to advise them on issues of local importance and to seek consensus among residents on specific plans of action. The Neighborhood Councils also undertake a wide range of neighborhood improvements in collaboration with staff from the City of Tacoma and other agencies. Any resident, business owner, employee, property owner or member of an existing neighborhood group within a Neighborhood Council area can join a Neighborhood Council.


The mission of the TacomaFIRST (Fast Information Resource Service Team)

Customer Support Center is to deliver exemplary service to Tacoma residents and visitors, and provide quick access to services through automation, 311 telephone support, online access to CityQA and face-to-face interaction.

TV Tacoma

TV Tacoma programming includes a broad range of local information about the City of Tacoma and the partnerships the City has developed that help make Tacoma a great place to live, work and play.



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