Enjoying Tacoma

Tacoma_skyline_and_I-705_from_the_East_34th_Street_BridgeThere are lot of different reasons to go to a conference. One of them is the availability of fun and interesting things for you to do when you take a break from the Conference sessions. Tacoma is emerging from shadow of Seattle as a fun and educational place to spend some time.

If you’re the type who likes to do some exploring, you’ll find a wealth of interesting activities within a short walk or ride from the conference venue. The city has a great range of transportation including free downtown trolley service and an express bus to the airport and Seattle.

The Conference and the University

UWT Pacific AvenueThe U. of Washington Tacoma (UWT) is part of the exciting technology region of the Greater Puget Sound in the United States. This region embraces global growth and extends from Vancouver, Canada south to Portland, Oregon and east to Spokane, WA and Boise, ID. It is a center for all things software, hardware, biomedical, and aeronautical.
The conference is held in affiliation with the Division of Culture, Arts & Communication.

A very important element of technology is the work of technical writers in communicating complex concepts in an accurate and engaging way. An emerging leader in technical writing education, the UWT will host its First Annual Tech Comm Con. The setting for this event is the UWT campus – an award-winning collection of historical buildings in the heart of Tacoma, WA.

Delegates to the conference will include members of higher education, students, and active practitioners. Direct benefits to delegates include a variety of educational offerings, networking opportunities, and social activities. A more broad-based result is the opportunity to foster collegial problem-solving of new and difficult challenges. The technical communication profession can benefit from more opportunities for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students to share ideas.

The conference venue at the U. of Washington is located in the heart of the historic Tacoma waterfront. The University buildings are carefully renovated and restored historical structures from the beginning of the twentieth century. William Phillip Hall is the primary venue.

Museum_of_Glass,_TacomaMuseums and the Arts

Directly across the street from the conference venue is the Washington State History Museum in the historic old train station. Just behind the station is the famous Chihuly Museum of Glass. Just two blocks away is the Tacoma Art Museum. And a short trolley ride or walk takes you the amazing Lemay Car Museum.

 

Local Flavor

For coffee and a quick snack, the campus has Metro, the Swiss, and Anthem. The adjacent Pacific Avenue features a number of small shops and eateries. There are also interesting restaurants and pubs a short trolley-ride away in the Tacoma downtown and theater district.

Farther Afield

Beyond the city center are many interesting activities including visits to the Museum of Flight and Seattle. If you have more time and the weather cooperates, day trips are possible to Mt. St. Helen’s National Volcanic Monument. Hiking often lasts into October in the Cascades. Hiking is almost always possible in the Hoh Rain Forest and beaches of Olympic National Park.