TACOMA, Wash. (June 29, 2011) – Tacoma-based Columbia Bank today increased its financial support for LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM), securing naming rights to the top-floor patio that overlooks downtown Tacoma and the Thea Foss Waterway, according to museum CEO and President David Madeira.
“With financial assistance from organizations like Columbia Bank, we’re on target to finish construction of the museum’s exterior in September and are anxiously looking toward our grand opening in 2012,” said Madeira. “As a non-profit entity, partnerships with local mainstays like Columbia, as well as support from businesses around the country, are going to help ACM become ‘a destination’ as well as a museum. In fact, we fully expect to attract more than 400,000 visitors during our first year and pump more than $30 million into the local economy.”
Named the “Columbia Bank City View Deck,” the patio will provide museum goers a view of the surrounding area and serve as a location for events such as receptions.
“This patio will give an absolutely stunning view of the city,” said Melanie Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Bank. “After the grand opening in May 2012, hundreds of thousands of people every year will see why so many of us are proud to live and work in Tacoma.”
The nine-acre ACM campus, with its four-story, 165,000-sq. ft. museum as the hub, includes an expansive show field to host everything from vintage car events to rock concerts and drive-in movies. There will also be a gift shop, banquet center and cafe, an educational center/library and rotating exhibits using cars, music, film and photos for displays.
“On top of providing an economic boon for Tacoma, ACM will be one of our community’s treasures for many generations to come,” Madeira said. “It will be a premier cultural and educational institution and attract car lovers from around the world.”
About LeMay – America’s Car Museum
LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The nine-acre campus also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.
About Columbia Bank
Headquartered in Tacoma, Washington, Columbia Banking System, Inc. is the holding company of Columbia State Bank, a Washington state-chartered full-service commercial bank which was awarded third place in the large employer category by Seattle Business Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010 and was designated one of Puget Sound Business Journal's "Washington's Best Workplaces 2010." Columbia Banking System has 93 banking offices, including 68 branches in Washington State and 25 branches in Oregon. Columbia Bank does business under the Bank of Astoria name in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita and Tillamook in Oregon. More information about Columbia can be found on its website at www.columbiabank.com.