Tacoma, WA, one our first pilot Creative Class Communities, is easy to love - it's in the heart of the northwest, right on the port, and its authenticity and beauty just envelope you. That said, members of the community have faced challenges meeting others, finding the cool things to do and making connections with others of similar mind and hearts. This is a real problem for creative communities; connections are key - they're the source of idea sparks and innovation. Enter Love Tacoma, one of our Creative Tacoma Catalyst teams building up the creative ecosystem in the region.
Love Tacoma is connecting people with each other and creative events and opportunities around town. In their own words:
Love Tacoma offers what you want to know about the hottest spots in our urban playground. From chill happy hours to next week's most anticipated show, you'll find what you need to be out on the town alongside people like you in Tacoma's urban crowd.
The News Tribune ran a story today about Love Tacoma's history and upcoming event:
During a group dinner at Pacific Grill after Florida Day 1, the guinea pigs started talking about what they’d learned in their focus groups.
Young Tacoma professionals, they discovered, found their fun in Seattle. Worse, they used their early-career experience in Tacoma “as a springboard to get to Seattle,” said Theresa Bastian, operating partner of Keller Williams Realty in Tacoma and one of the Creative Cities participants.
Love Tacoma was born right there at the Pacific Grill dinner table. Stuart Young, principal at BCRA Design, Tacoma’s largest architectural firm, lamented his fast-growing company’s ability to recruit and keep talented young architects, project managers and designers.
“People want to go out in Tacoma,” Bastian said. “There are a lot of places to go. But we haven’t reached that critical mass where you can just walk in someplace and know it’s going to be fun.
“We thought, what if we told people, ‘This is the place to go tonight’ so when you go out, you’ll know you’re not the only one there?”
The name for the concept came easily.
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