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ARTS | Federal Way Symphony presents annual Fall Gala fundraiser [10]

VOL. 10, NO. 176

MIRROR

F E D E R A L WAY

DIVISION OF SOUND PUBLISHING

OPINION | Hobbs: An ex-mayor’s experience with two forms of government [6] Backstrom: We’re better than Mississippi [6]

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2009

EDUCATION | Achievement gap and low test scores are called ‘unacceptable’ [3] COMMUNITY CALENDAR | Check out upcoming events and happenings [9] BUDGET BLUES | City’s coffers come up SPORTS | Prep wrap-up: Gator golfers, Raider runners win SPSL Central titles [11] short due to lagging economy [2]

Business incubator = Job generator BY JACINDA HOWARD

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Federal Way is investing in its small businesses with the hope they will revitalize the city. On Oct. 6, the city council unanimously approved a $100,000 contribution in 2010 and another of equal value in 2011 to a business incubator the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce and partners are working to create. Deputy mayor Eric Faison was absent and Dini Duclos recused herself. “We really believe this is a way to grow local economy, local jobs,” said Tom Pierson, Chamber CEO. “These are the (economic) times, small and large, companies get started.” Start-up costs of $325,000 for the mixeduse incubation program have been secured, he said. The council approved its $100,000 to come out of the downtown development fund, which was established in 2005, said financial services administrator Bryant

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Enge. “I think this $100,000 in 2010 and 2011 would be a wise investment,” said Mike

Park, city council member and small business owner.

• 84 percent of business incubator graduates continue business operations in the community • 87 percent of graduates are successful and continue in their operation after graduation • 54 percent of business incubators are designed as mixed-use • In 2005, business incubators in North America helped launch 27,000 start-up companies and provided full-time employment to more than 100,000 workers • In 2005, business incubators in North America generated annual revenues exceeding $17 billion. • For every $10,000 invested in a business incubator, about 50 jobs are created. Sources: National Business Incubation Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration

[ more INCUBATOR page 6 ]

Costly dilemma clouds school’s construction Project faces delay and higher price tag; students could get bused to another city BY KYRA LOW klow@federalwaymirror.com

Federal Way Public Schools have hit a major roadblock in the construction of Sunnycrest Elementary School. Because the project hinged on the passage of a construction bond in 2007, no geological work was done ahead of time, district officials said. Once the bond passed, a geological study of the Sunnycrest property revealed problems with the plan. The district has come to realize that two locations under consideration

Candidates forum: Federal Way City Council BY ANDY HOBBS editor@federalwaymirror.com

Diana Noble-Gulliford

Linda Kochmar

Mike Peterson

Roger Freeman

Sonia Sciscente

Jeanne Burbidge

Six candidates for Federal Way City Council participated in a forum Oct. 7 at the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon. Roger Freeman and Diana Noble-Gulliford are competing for position 6, an open seat. Sonia Sciscente is challenging incumbent Linda Kochmar for position 2, and Mike Peterson is facing incumbent Jeanne Burbidge for position 4. Candidates addressed questions from the audience at the forum moderated by Dr. T.M. Sell of Highline Community College. Have you made a deal regarding who will be the next mayor? Kochmar: “There is no deal.” Each council member should have a turn as mayor and discuss a line of succession among one another.

Sciscente: “We all have to work together. Two heads think better than one.” Burbidge: “No, I have not made a deal.” Seven elected council members each have opportunities to make their own decisions. Has served as mayor before. Peterson: No deal. Every election should have people running for mayor. There is a lot of talent in Federal Way, and the mayoral candidate has to be the most eligible. Freeman: No deal. There should be citizen input for the next mayor. Those interested should present a platform to the public. Noble-Gulliford: “I am not in a position to reach that phase.” There should be teamwork in gathering information on what the community wants to see. [ more CANDIDATES page 8]

for the new building are unsuitable: The ground is unstable and could shift in an earthquake. The only location suitable on the property is right where the school currently sits, said Rod Leland, director of facilities. There are a couple of options available for the construction project, but they come at a cost. One option would be to build the school in sections, with students housed in half the school as well as in portable classrooms. The north end of the school [ more SCHOOL page 7]

Upcoming forums

• Change in form of city government (“elected mayor”) debate: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at Federal Way High School Little Theater. • Federal Way Municipal Court judge and Lakehaven Utility District: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Federal Way High School Little Theater. • South Sound Young Professionals: Meet the candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Palace Korean BBQ Restaurant, 31525 20th Ave. S., Federal Way.


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the incubator. “Every business is going to have different needs, different resources,” Pierson said. There will be room for about 37 entrepreneurs at a time to hone their business skills. They will receive help from the Chamber and several other local partners, including school districts, the Multi-Service Center and

the small business development center. The businesses will be operated from one 14,048-square-foot office building near City Hall. “Really, the goal is creating jobs,” Pierson said. The model differs from a small business development center or research park. Participants will graduate from the program, thus ensuring they are better

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FW Chamber auction and gala: Federal Way Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual auction and gala, “A Taste of Elegance.” The event starts at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Highline Community College. To learn more or register, contact Heather LaneMcCants at (253) 838-2605 Ext. 108.

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