The South Sound embraces hardworking, hands-on people. From our trout farms and rhubarb fields, to our engineering projects, operating rooms and classrooms, we are a community of makers, doers, builders and learners who roll up our sleeves to get the job done.

An excellent example are employees at Pierce Transit. Whether they’re mechanics, transit operators, planners or administrators, “These folks are hardworking and career-minded, with the opportunity to promote through the ranks to other positions,” said Rebecca Japhet, Communications Manager at Pierce Transit. And it’s not just talk that a mechanic could run the maintenance department, since Pierce Transit CEO, Sue Drier, started as a bus driver herself.

While hard work is certainly embedded in our careers and lifestyles, there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy hands-on fun and connect with your  neighbors. That’s what makes the South Sound such a great place to work and play.

Looking for a unique activity where you can experience handcrafted, Greek brandy and spirits? Check out Mastrogiannis Distillery to learn how the distillery process works. It’s open on weekends by appointment.

Even festivals and special events throughout our region celebrate the industrious qualities of South Sounders. One example is Tacoma Maritime Fest, an annual event honoring Tacoma’s rich maritime history. This year’s festival featured dockside tours, containerboard boat building, sailing, Port of Tacoma boat tours and more.

Other area events that champion our hardworking heroes include the farmhands in the Roy Pioneer Rodeo, to the pilots at Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels, the human powered boaters in Seventy48, and the historical recognition of our hearty founding families displayed at Hudson’s Bay Heritage Day and Pioneer Days Festival.

How do you connect with doers, makers and builders of our community?

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