The South Sound manufacturing, industrial, and maritime community has a new voice: the recently-launched Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound.

Led by director Meredith Neal, former member of the Tacoma Planning Commission, the new group will promote a positive, globally competitive business climate for the manufacturing sector and advocate for family-wage jobs in the industry.

Courtesy Meredith Neal.

“The manufacturing, industrial, and maritime community is a key part of the South Sound economy and needs a group exclusively dedicated to its interests,” the council’s website states.

The Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound will place a special focus on creating and maintaining jobs in the Tacoma Tideflats, in light of the City of Tacoma’s Subarea Plan to develop the area.

“This Subarea Plan will establish where and what manufacturing, industrial, and maritime uses are allowed in the port industrial area in the future,” states the group’s website. The specific focus on jobs in the Tacoma Tideflats will expand over time to include other industrial areas as well.

The group will also be the new home for The Place for Jobs, a coalition of employers, workers, and educators rallied around improving the South Sound economy. According to the council’s website, both groups share the same values of “economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, social equity, and public safety” in the South Sound.

Learn more about the Manufacturing Industrial Council for the South Sound here.