Leadership from around the region is banding together in Washington state as ‘Citizen-Leaders’ from
private entities, local government, and even the military pool resources in an effort to
enhance communication assets and marketing capabilities.
Beginning only months ago with one determined entrepreneur, an entity lofty in ambition appears to be equally equipped, in an attempt to unite the private sector utilizing its combat veteran leadership as a foundation to bridge the gap to the 3rd largest employer in Washington State.
Taking a pro-active stance on more thoroughly integrating JBLM’s transitioning veterans, Justin C. Pearson was one name in attendance at the alliance’s first meeting which took place recently at the Temple Theater in Tacoma. Pearson is retiring Director of Business Development and Talent Acquisition for the Pacific Region of the US Army and lent credibility to the group’s desire to more thoroughly integrate JBLM and transitioning veterans with local government, businesses and the economy. Pearson, like many others, have been drawn together by the efforts of local veteran and entrepreneur Nic Naccarato. Naccarato runs a networking and marketing firm with community-oriented values.
Naccarato, Grandson of recently passed local sports figure Stan Naccarato, is one of many local ‘citizen leaders’ looking to make an impact on the community by unifying local government and business leadership in an effort to “strengthen the region’s community and local business development.”
In addition to veterans, the ‘alliance’ is working to expand the area’s hub of culture – by promoting local artists through a city-supported program creatives and enrepreneurs are supported with workspace in a downtown building next door to the Chamber of Commerce. By expanding the Spaceworks program, the alliance is seeking a 7,500sq ft office space for what would be collaborative space ‘strategically located’ in the heart of Downtown Tacoma.
Or if you’re a member of this group, you may say ‘The City of Destiny.’ Athrettis Brown is one who counts himself among them. “I have come to understand that you will not expand pass the horizion with out the connection that should and must be developed within the bones of the city and community. Unity is talked about across the country but I realize the truth of it being exercised here in Tacoma.”
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