It’s not exactly as historic or high profile as Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, but in September a trade delegation from Seattle’s Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce will be making its way to Tacoma.
The two-day study mission is part of an effort to strengthen the partnership between the two cities, exploring common areas of interest, such as balancing growth, historic preservation, transit, and the homeless crisis. It’s being led by the Chamber’s President and former Mayor of Tacoma, Marilyn Strickland.
Tacoma had over 10,000 individuals moving there in the last eight years and more than $1 billion being invested in the downtown infrastructure, according to the Chamber. Strickland says acting together as a region can attract out-of-state businesses and solve problems that cross borders.
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“Every year, the Seattle Metro Chamber does three trips: We do an international leadership mission, we do a study mission to another city or metropolitan region within the United States, and then we do one within Washington state,” Strickland told KIRO Radio. “This year, we’ve decided to go to Tacoma and the South Sound. And one of the things that we really want to do as an organization is to try to bring the region together and demonstrate regional leadership.”
Last year, the team visited Bothell, Redmond, Bellevue, and Renton. Strickland says even though these cities are in close proximity to Seattle, it can sometimes feel like there is an artificial border where there could be more teamwork between

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