MDC is a vital community resource for Tacoma and Pierce County. Founded in 1964 as a non-profit Community Action Agency. For most of our more than 50-year history, MDC has responded to community needs by providing services that address the needs of low-income families.
We have introduced national model programs such as “Housing First,” “Healthcare for the Homeless,” “College Bound,” and the “Educational Opportunity Center,” which, in turn, have improved lives and given hope to thousands of residents. Known by many names in the early years (e.g. Tacoma Pierce County Opportunity and Development, Inc.), our legal name is Metropolitan Development Council. We are currently doing business as MDC.
MDC provides services focused on improving the health and well-being of very low-income individuals.
MDC is a strategic partner with the schools, local hospitals, cultural venues, colleges and universities, non-profits, and local governments. Today we reach out to our full community—foundations, businesses, organizations, and individuals—to help us diversify our base of support so we can continue to provide critical services to our community.
Birthplace of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, Tacoma is home to a vibrant, creative community of writers, artists and musicians, photographers, filmmakers, passionate entrepreneurs and small business owners. It also serves as a base for large companies like State Farm Insurance, BNY Mellon, Columbia Bank and Key Bank.
Drawing families to its charming neighborhoods with big city amenities, true urbanites are drawn to downtown Tacoma for its competitively priced living spaces with sweeping mountain, city and water views.
A haven for hikers, runners, and cyclists, Tacoma is alive with activity from students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, local trade and technical colleges, and nearby Pacific Lutheran University.
Tacoma's gourmands and culinary connoisseurs have cultivated a scene for foodies that’s made national press, while its world-renowned museums, top-notch meeting and convention spaces, and huge headliner concerts have drawn visitors from across the globe.
Just 20 minutes away from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and easily accessible from downtown Seattle and other neighboring cities, Tacoma is a city on the rise.