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Connie's Council Corner: One Building, Many Solutions

Thursday May 5, 2016

At times, we at the County Council have heard from our public that we don’t inform them of issues and projects that we have in front of us. I take this seriously and think that we need to make sure that we communicate with you and give you the facts and not let anecdotal bits and pieces of information or misinformation become your base from which you get your opinions. We have recently had a number of community meetings throughout the County, including one in my district, to present a concept that we are reviewing that involves South Sound 911 (SS-911), the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Community Connections (the County’s human services department), and the old Puget Sound Hospital. Continue Reading.

District4_newslettter_digitalpdf-1.pngSpring Newsletter
We’re well into 2016, and there’s much on the docket for the Pierce County Council. I want to take this opportunity to share what I plan to focus on this year. Please take a few minutes to read my latest newsletter.

Read it here.

In this issue:
- Update on Chambers Bay & Master Plan
- Stepping Up Initiative
- Economic Successes in Pierce County


Major Economic Success in Pierce County
Jobs, jobs, jobs! Pierce County is on the road to recovery. The Pierce County Economic Development Department and the Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma - Pierce County have worked together to recruit and retain businesses in the County. Since 1978, the EDB has worked with job and wealth-creating companies to grow and diversify the economy of the South Sound. The organizations have experienced many development successes from 2011 to 2015. Here are a few highlights:

• 3,338 jobs recruited and retained
• $189,356,723 in wages and salaries at represented companies
• $252,155,000 in private capital at represented companies
• Recruitment and retention programs provide a $95:1 return for EDB investors.

Big things are to come in Pierce County! By the end of 2020, the EDB plans to work with its partners to create 3,220 jobs, attract $400 million in private capital investment and help expand 35 companies. Stay tuned for more information about the county’s economic development. Pierce County is truly becoming a great place to live, work and play!

If you would like to learn more about the economic successes or future plans in Pierce County, please visit the EDB website or the Pierce County Economic Development Department website.

Connie's Council Corner: We Hear it all the Time

Why are we seeing so many more mentally ill on our streets?” Since I have been on the County Council, I have been working toward not only answering this question but doing something about it. What is a mental disorder? If someone were to define a mental disorder, most people would say schizophrenia or a psychotic disorder. Yet only 1% of adults experience one of these disorders. A mental disorder runs the gamut from anxiety to depression and mood disorders to schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. A mental disorder prevents an individual from realizing his or her own abilities, is not able to work productively and fruitfully, and is not able to make a contribution to his or her community. It is non-discriminatory, affecting children and adults (13% of 8-15 year olds have some disorder and 46% of adults will develop a mental disorder in their lifetime), and all races, ethnicities and genders. Continue reading.

Ladenburg proposes Pierce County behavioral health study

More and more research suggests that drug and alcohol abuse can be symptoms of an underlying mental illness. Is Pierce County doing enough to identify and treat those who suffer from behavioral health issues? Erich Ebel speaks with Pierce County Councilmembers Derek Young and Connie Ladenburg about their proposal to deal with it.

Looking back on the 2015 U.S. Open

The 2015 U.S. Open is now part of Pierce County history. On this program we look back at the experience and discuss what went well and what needs improvement as Chambers Bay looks to a return engagement.

 About Councilmember Ladenburg
Prior to her election to the Pierce County Council, Connie worked at Faith Homes as a case manager for pregnant and parenting homeless teens. She also spent part of her career as a Youth Program Coordinator at Safe Streets Campaign and working on substance abuse prevention.

Councilmember Connie Ladenburg was elected to the Pierce County Council in November, 2012. She has also served on the Tacoma City Council (2001-2009) and the State Legislature as Representative from the 29th District (2011-2012).

Connie represents the 4th Council District, which includes:
• Parts of Tacoma (North and South Ends, Hilltop, and Downtown)
• Port of Tacoma
• University Place

Council & Committee Memberships
Councilmember Ladenburg serves as the vice chair of the Council's Economic & Infrastructure Development Committee and also serves as a member of the Community Development Committee and the Public Safety & Human Services Committee. Connie also represents the County by serving on a number of external boards, commissions, and organizations such as the Executive Board for the Alliance for a Healthy South Sound, the Executive Board for Workforce Central (alternate), the Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence (alternate) and the Pierce County Law and Justice Council. For a complete list of the external boards Connie serves on, click here.

Connie has a long history of community involvement. Connie held leadership roles on the PTA, served on school district committees, organized political campaigns, mobilized neighborhood groups, founded Southend Neighbors for Family Safety, while “staying home” to raise five children. She and her husband, John, Co-Chaired the United Way Annual Community Campaign. She is co-founder of the Alliance for Youth of Pierce County; a founder and advisory member of Tacoma 360, and a founder and Board Member of Communities In Schools of Tacoma.

Prior Political Experience 
Connie served two terms on the Tacoma City Council. She held the position of Deputy Mayor in 2005, and served on several Council Committees—as Chair of the Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee and a member of the Community and Economic Development Committee, Environment and Public Works Committee, and Joint Municipal Action Committee. She represented the City of Tacoma on the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission, the Puget Sound Economic Development District Committee, the Tacoma/Pierce County Board of Health, the Pierce County Law and Justice Council, the Executive Board of the Family Justice Center, the “Road Home” Leadership team (a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness), and a member of the National League of Cities.

Elected to the House of Representatives representing the 29th Legislative District, Connie served as Vice-Chair of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She also served on the General Government Appropriations and Oversight Committee, K-12 Education Committee, and Transportation Committee.

Connie Ladenburg, a native Tacoman, married high school sweetheart John Ladenburg in 1969. They have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Connie received her bachelor’s degree in Social work from Pacific Lutheran University and her Master in Social Work from the University of Washington, Seattle. 

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Connie Ladenburg
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Connie Ladenburg
District 4 Councilmember

Annette Swillie
Councilmember Assistant

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Room 1046
930 Tacoma Ave. S.
Tacoma, WA 98402-2176

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