Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 3, 2008 at 12:10am

Tacoma Partnership Video Presentation to Frank Russell

On Monday, "Tacoma Partnership," comprised in part of local politicians and business leaders, made their video presentation to Frank Russell.

Seattle Media near Frank Russell headquarters

According to the Seattle Times:

Members of Tacoma Partnership said they made their case Monday at Russell headquarters. The pitch included creating an "International Financial Services Area" in downtown Tacoma. The partnership said $119 million in state and city money, as well as $24 million in federal funds, could provide incentives for Russell and other companies.

In an effort to increase "transparency" of local government and what was offered, the City of Tacoma has released the presentation video showing different strengths of Tacoma as well as some it's weaknesses and what the Russell decision means to the city. 

The presentation, set to music, looks as if is a bus tour of sorts through the city with an actor showing the strengths of Tacoma's transit system. Unfortunately, some of the buildings shown in the presentation are not in the best of condition.

Very passionate presentation showing the struggles of a local family. Great video editing, better than one often sees on TV Tacoma.  Looks like they may have had some help by a local web designer in Tacoma.  (Update: there appears to be no collaboration on the project)

Mentioning Little Caesars in the opening dialogue was a good plug of a local business. 

The video is certainly progressive, edgy and perhaps the needed approach to keep Russell here. 

This is Tacoma's collective "shot" let's hope it works.  Enjoy:

comments [11]  |  posted under tacoma


by two9seven on 4/3/2008 @ 8:18am
April fools?
What the?

by intacoma on 4/3/2008 @ 9:31am
I had no part in this...

by thriceallamerican on 4/3/2008 @ 9:47am
Apparently being the resident hip-hop guru of FeedTacoma was enough to get your name attached...

by intacoma on 4/3/2008 @ 10:15am
I don't really even get why that video was posted with the discussion

by Erik on 4/3/2008 @ 11:36am
April fools? What the?

Unfortunately, a couple days late.

I had no part in this...

Thanks for the clarification. I have modified the post.

by intacoma on 4/3/2008 @ 12:01pm
where is the video at? that video you posted is a eminem video

by Erik on 4/3/2008 @ 12:18pm
where is the video at? that video you posted is a eminem video

A stretch. However, I suppose you could argue it has a similar genre.

by Marty on 4/3/2008 @ 3:08pm
It's not even a video, it a preview for a movie about trying to make in living on 8 mile Drive.

A study of the revialization of 8 mile dr is very intresting.

An acedemy award winning movie!!!

by Erik on 4/3/2008 @ 3:14pm
where is the video at? that video you posted is a eminem video


However, watch the clip again with new eyes imaging the City of Tacoma struggling collectively as Eminem does in 8 Mile against the odds.

Rather than gearing up for a "battle," as Eminem does, Tacoma is engaged in the epic struggle to meet the "Russell challenge."

by intacoma on 4/3/2008 @ 3:39pm
come on erik, lets see the real video

by Erik on 4/4/2008 @ 5:15pm
Here is apparently the notebook used in the presentation:

From the Tribune:

The City of Tacoma agrees to pay $15 million toward a 500-car public parking garage inside any Russell headquarters downtown. The City also will create a taxing district around a Russell headquarters and use the growth in property taxes to fund more than $11 million in infrastructure and streetscape upgrades.

If Russell moves out of its current building, the Port of Tacoma committed to occupy at least 2,000 square feet of the vacant space.

Dicks, meanwhile, committed to pursue up to $20.9 million in various federal funds to subsidize public improvements related to a new Russell headquarters downtown.