Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards established this week, Nov. 11 through Nov. 17, as Joint Base Lewis-McChord week.
“The City of Tacoma recognizes the importance of the economic impact and public benefit of Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” said Mayor Woodards in a recent proclamation.
The base has a $9 billion annual economic impact on the region, according to a 2018 study done by the University of Washington Tacoma’s Center for Business Analytics. JBLM is the largest employer in Pierce County, with 55,000 active-duty service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. In addition, the base serves 45,000 military dependents and 32,000 retirees.
“Joint Base Lewis-McChord is an integral part of the fabric of the South Sound and state economies, both supported by and supporting hundreds of private businesses,” Mayor Woodards said. “The active duty military service members, retirees, and their families make an impact on life in Tacoma every day in countless ways.”