With Governor Inslee’s new restrictions that went into effect this week aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, local businesses will be challenged to remain operational during what for many is traditionally their busiest time of year.

You can still patronize U.P. businesses this holiday season. You will simply need to rethink how you give them your business. Here are some suggestions:

Post date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 5:09pm

As the number of COVID cases continues to spike in Washington and across the country, public health officials are urging Americans to rethink their traditional holiday gatherings. On Sunday, Nov. 15, Gov. Inslee issued new state-wide restrictions on indoor social gatherings.

Under the terms of these new restrictions, indoor social gatherings with people from outside your own household are prohibited unless they:

Post date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 5:06pm

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the UPPD to offer its popular Public Safety Academy virtually this fall. The five sessions were offered virtually, via Microsoft Teams, and those who registered for the Academy in advance could watch them in real time and pose questions to the presenters through the Teams chat box.

Post date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020 - 4:54pm

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier issued the following statement regarding the pending roll back order issued by Governor Jay Inslee:

I support the Governor’s plan to roll back to more limited operations and activities across the state. While I remain very concerned about the impact of this order on our already struggling small business and restaurants, I know that we cannot allow the rate of COVID-19 transmission to continue at its alarming pace.  Without significant action, we risk overwhelming our hospitals and threatening our healthcare system. 

Post date: Monday, 16 November 2020 - 8:39am

The City of University Place is opening applications for a second round of business relief grants. Applications will be accepted from October 21 to October 30, 2020.

Businesses located in University Place who experienced a loss of revenue related to COVID-19 and have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are encouraged to apply, whether funding was received in the first round or not.

View more specific information and apply on the Business Relief Program page.

Post date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020 - 4:31pm

University Place's newest piece of public art, a sculpture entitled “Forever Friends” by artist John Jewell, has been vandalized.

Post date: Thursday, 15 October 2020 - 1:03pm

The City of University Place is amending the Comprehensive Plan to implement the City’s Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan.

The City Council will hold a Virtual Public Hearing to discuss these amendments on Monday, December 7, 2020, as part of its regular meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m., to consider proposed amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan (UPMC Title 16) that will serve to implement the University Place Regional Growth Center Subarea Plan. The documents related to the proposed amendments are posted below.

Post date: Monday, 28 September 2020 - 5:50pm

We all know that the pace of progress can be glacial at times, but in the City of University Place,I believe our progress has been almost meteoric. We have achieved so much in our relatively short 25-year history.

Post date: Wednesday, 2 September 2020 - 3:30pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to reimagine how we celebrate many of life’s major milestones, from weddings, to graduations, to notable anniversaries.

Post date: Monday, 31 August 2020 - 2:04pm

The City of University Place proposes to amend various provisions in the University Place Municipal Code Title 19 Zoning. 

Post date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - 5:10pm

Through the CARES Act, Congress allocated funds to local school districts and to state education agencies to provide support in covering emergency COVID-19 costs.

OLYMPIA — August 12, 2020 —Last spring when Washington’s K–12 schools were closed for in-person learning, school districts across the state pulled together every laptop, tablet, smartphone, and wifi hotspot they could so students were able to continue learning and educators could continue teaching.

Post date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - 12:15pm

To connect more young people to jobs in Pierce County, the Pierce County Council unanimously approved an initiative aimed at youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25.

Under this new youth and young adult jobs program, the county will partner with WorkForce Central, which will take the lead to connect young adults to career opportunities.

Eligible participants between 16 and 17 years old will be paid minimum wage of $13.50 an hour, while those 18 to 25 years old will receive minimum wage of $15 an hour. 

Post date: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - 12:03pm

This week the Pierce County Council passed two ordinances aimed at making more funding available to local businesses struggling from impacts of COVID-19.

The first ordinance doubled the total amount of funding available through a previously established COVID-19 Adaptation Grant Program, bringing the total authorized for assistance to $10 million.

The second ordinance established a Commercial Rent and Mortgage Payment Assistance Program that provides limited assistance to eligible businesses to help protect jobs threatened by COVID-19.

Post date: Thursday, 6 August 2020 - 2:36pm

On Tuesday, Aug. 4, West Pierce Fire & Rescue and the City of University Place will team up to host a free mobile COVID-19 testing site at the old City Hall location in Windmill Village from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is expected that up to 500 tests can be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis over the six-hour period.

Post date: Tuesday, 4 August 2020 - 11:06am

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) announced that University Place Councilmember Kent Keel was recently elected AWC vice president. The vice president serves on the association’s Board of Directors and executive committee and is in line to become president.

“The voice of the AWC board is clear, direct, and resolute,” said Keel. “AWC is on a great path, and I am committed to helping complete the important work we have begun.”

Keel has served on the AWC Board since 2014 and the University Place City Council since 2012.

Post date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020 - 9:18am