Hundreds of Goodwill International's top people from across the country start arriving in Tacoma today for the organization's delegate conference.
This weekend will be the first time the annual event has been held in Tacoma. Events last through Tuesday morning.
Sessions are ongoing at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, and a Tacoma Goodwill team has put together activities for family members through the weekend.
Those activities include a Rainiers game, golf at Chambers Bay, shopping in the Proctor District, and tours of Point Defiance Zoo and downtown museums.
“There’s lots of logistics when you invite 400 of your closest friends” to town, Tacoma Goodwill spokesman Matthew Erlich said this week.
The delegate convention was planned for Tacoma this year to showcase the local nonprofit’s signature accomplishment: last fall’s opening of its new $21.7 million headquarters and Milgard Work Opportunity Center.
Erlich and other downtown officials said the convention also is a chance for Tacoma and Pierce County to shine.
The convention brings local Goodwill “CEOs and COOs and board members, so it’s bringing people from all over the country,” Carmen McIntyre , marketing director for the convention center, said Thursday. “They get here and experience Tacoma, and then go back home and tell everybody.”
McIntyre said most of the out-of-town guests will stay at the 319-room Hotel Murano.