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IMG_5357The City of Tacoma wants Bay Area tech companies moving to the Pacific Northwest to take a look at opening their satellite offices within its confines rather than taking a trip further north to Seattle.

An ad appeared in the San Jose Mercury News this Sunday that was aimed at tech firms seeking new office space up north, and hoping to sway them away from the Emerald City. It touts Tacoma’s affordability and “vibrant urban center” as key draws for the city.

“We are interested in recruiting tech and office firms from the Bay Area which are looking for satellite locations in the Pacific Northwest,” Ricardo Noguera, Tacoma’s economic development director, said in an email to GeekWire.

Here are the benefits the ad says are available to companies that open an office in Tacoma:

  • Pay one-third less for office space compared with Seattle.
  • Occupy residences with million dollar views at half the price compared with Seattle.
  • Earn employee hiring incentives.
  • Enjoy retail, educational, cultural and recreational amenities in Downtown Tacoma.

It’s not yet clear whether the marketing campaign will pay off. Ricardo Noguera, the economic development director for the City of Tacoma, said in an email to GeekWire that the ads “just came out this week.”

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