Spaceworks Tacoma, the initiative to activate empty storefronts and vacant spaces with art and creative enterprise, had promising numbers to report for 2014.

Twenty-five vacant spaces were filled with art and creative enterprise in seven neighborhood districts. Forty-five projects were served by training programs and technical assistance. Twelve projects were signed to long term leases following their Spaceworks term with 18 new businesses and 24 new jobs created.

“So many new businesses … so many art projects … so many events … 2014 was Spaceworks' busiest year to date,” was the report on the program’s blog. “These numbers reflect the blood, sweat and tears put in by our amazing participants, their friends and families, generous property owners, the Spaceworks staff, our steering committee, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, City of Tacoma and all of our funders.”