Tumwater on Tap
Coffee Talks and Community Surveys inform the vision for Tumwater's future

Tumwater last updated its 20 year plan more than ten years ago. To ensure that our City's plan reflects the vision and goals of the community, and in keeping with City policies and State requirements, we're revisiting our community plans in an effort we call, Tumwater 2040. This planning effort will help us make necessary updates regarding population, employment, housing projections, and compliance with new state and regional requirements. To evaluate goals and strategies in the plan, we will offer Coffee Talks and surveys to gather input from a broad cross-section of our community.

In addition to online surveys and mailed surveys we've collected over the last year, we'll be conducting a telephone survey of Tumwater residents to ask for some deeper input on goals and priorities. Calls will be made to a random sample of residents, beginning in late January. The Thurston Economic Development Council, with the help of students from South Puget Sound Community College, St Martin's University, and The Evergreen State College will be helping with these phone surveys. Please help us out by sharing your honest feedback if you receive one of these calls.

To get an even better idea of what is important, the City is hosting a series of Coffee Talks with neighborhood groups, clubs, organizations, or any others interested in hearing what's going on now and weighing in on the future. We're offering a flexible format (five minutes to one hour) and location (we'll come to your location or meet you for coffee), depending on your group needs. To schedule one of these meetings, please contact planning manager Paula Reeves at preeves@ci.tumwater.wa.us or (360) 754-4212. 

Your vision for Tumwater matters. Please share it.

City Partner: Enterprise for Equity

Local non-profit, Enterprise for Equity, began connecting entrepreneurial people with limited income 
levels to resources and education in 1999. Enterprise for Equity provides financial and business training, credit access assistance and micro-loans, and technical support to income-eligible people in the South Puget Sound. Enterprise for Equity received a share of Tumwater's federal Community Development Block Grant allocation in 2016 for projects and activities that principally benefit low and moderate income people. The organization will continue their work helping people increase financial security and income level, while reducing the need for public assistance.

NEW! This month, Enterprise for Equity is hosting a workshop entitled, "Selling Your Art: Where to start," to help artists explore pricing, where to sell their work, crowdfunding, and what they need to know about starting a small art business. Participants will have the opportunity to ask the presenting artists and business owners questions following the presentations. Get your questions answered, connect with other artists, and enjoy delicious local refreshments on Saturday, January 23, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the new LaQuinta Inn in Tumwater. 
To register or to learn more about Enterprise for Equity visit their website at www.enterpriseforequity.org or call (360) 704-3375. 
Welcome to the City of Tumwater

welcome to tumwater
On January 1st, Tumwater Mayor, City Councilmembers, and staff welcomed the residents and businesses in the neighborhoods of Trails End, Bridlewood, Deschutes Ridge, Bush Prairie, and Deschutes River Highlands to the City of Tumwater. It is estimated that our City increased to 17 square miles and the population grew to over 22,000 on January 1. But to know the actual population, the City is conducting a census of the newly annexed area. In fact, a census is required by State Law to determine how shared revenues will be divided.

Residents and business owners in these neighborhoods will be contacted by census takers (enumerators) carrying official identification. We've gotten a great response so far and the census is over 90 percent complete! We sincerely ask your cooperation to help us complete this project before the February deadline. The information you provide to census takers is required to remain confidential by State Law, so your private information will not be shared publicly. To ask questions or to complete the census, please call the toll free hotline at (888) 548-3006. To find more information about the annexation process or changes in services, visit the City website or call (360) 754-4180.
Tumwater Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring 2016

Tumwater Parks & Recreation's Winter/Spring 2016 program brochure is available exclusively online at www.ci.tumwater.wa.us. Programs in the current brochure run through May. Check out what we have to offer!

For Youth: Baseball League - Kidz Love Soccer - Babysitter Training - Dance Team & more!

For Adults: Landscaping classes - Taekwon-Do - Community Orchestra - CPR & First Aid - Golf Classes through Tumwater Valley Golf Club

Volunteer at the Weeding Work Party

weeding work party
Come get your hands dirty at the Deschutes Valley Park (formerly called T Street Park) on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This volunteer event is open to all ages, though participants under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register to volunteer call Volunteer Coordinator, Monica Langford at (360) 252-5424 or email at volunteer@ci.tumwater.wa.us.

We hope to see you there!
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