PSRC approves $5 million for Darrington, Oso and Arlington area

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board unanimously gave final approval of $5 million in federal transportation funds to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities impacted by the Oso landslide.

The Executive Board unanimously gave final approval of $5 million in federal transportation funds to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities impacted by the Oso landslide.

The Executive Board approved $5 million in federal transportation funds to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities impacted by the Oso landslide.

The PSRC funding will be made available to Snohomish County, which will work with local communities to make transportation investments which will best support local economic recovery.

“As we in Snohomish County have been responding to the tragic events of the Oso landslide disaster, it is apparent that the Town of Darrington will need ongoing support for its economic recovery in the months and years to come.  This funding award will be an important first step,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick.

“With this action, we have an opportunity to meet real needs in the Town of Darrington at this time and to set the stage for its economic recovery,” said Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Somers.

“This tragedy has impacted the entire Arlington, Oso and Darrington area and this assistance is important,” Snohomish Councilmember Ken Klein told the board.   “It helps toward building the economy of Darrington and surrounding communities.  We are very grateful.”

Read more about what happened at the Executive Board meeting here.

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Special needs projects recommended for funding

An additional $571,835 would fund five special needs transportation projects under a recommendation to the Executive Board.

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Additional funding is proposed for special needs transportation serving seniors and people who are disabled or low income.

The funds would give a boost to transportation services for seniors and others living with a disability or low income.   See the list of projects.

The additional special needs funds are available as a result of higher than estimated federal funding and because of funds returned by project sponsors from the 2011-2013 biennium.

PSRC will be able to fund five projects from the contingency list at this time and add $345,168 to next year’s round of special needs funding.  

The Executive Board will meet on Thursday, April 24, from 10 -11:30 a.m. in the PSRC Board Room.

For more information on special needs funding, contact Gil Cerise 206-971-3053 or gcerise@psrc.org.

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Join us at PSRC’s General Assembly on May 29

Registration is now open for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s annual General Assembly meeting and VISION 2040 awards dinner on Thursday, May 29, 4-8 p.m., at the Seattle Westin.

The General Assembly will meet May 29 at the Seattle Westin.

The General Assembly will meet May 29 at the Seattle Westin.

The General Assembly includes mayors, councilmembers, commissioners, and other representatives from PSRC’s members.

The Assembly will vote on the agency’s budget and an update to the regional transportation plan, and will elect PSRC’s president and vice president.

The business meeting will be followed by a reception and the VISION 2040 awards dinner to honor the outstanding work by public and private organizations to help the region sustain a great quality of life.

For more information, contact Sheila Rogers at srogers@psrc.org or 206-464-5815.

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Maritime industry fuels local economy

Check out this great Port of Tacoma video that follows longshoreman Eddie Flores around town as he spends his paycheck. Eddie is a ILWU Local 23 member.

An estimated 40% of the jobs in Washington state are related to international trade. And the central Puget Sound region is home to a thriving maritime industry, which generates about $30 billion annually in Washington state. Maritime wages average $70,800 per year.

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CityClub event to feature U.S. Reps Kilmer and Reichert

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On April 22, CityClub is hosting a Working Across the Aisle conversation with U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-6th) and U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (WA-8th) to discuss how they find common ground and produce policy solutions.

Participants will be able to hear their thoughts on building trust in (and within) the political system and ideas for avoiding partisanship. Political journalist Robert Mak will moderate the program.

The Working Across the Aisle conversation will be held at the Sheraton Seattle, from 11:30 – 1:30. You can register online.

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There’s an app for eating local in Puget Sound

A new Puget Sound Fresh app makes it easy to find out what’s in season at farms and farmers markets when you’re on the go.

fresh-appThe app was developed through a collaboration of Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition, using support from student interns at the University of Washington Tacoma – Institute of Technology.

Using the app, users can find U-pick strawberries, farmers markets, local organic eggs, information on local farms, recipes, harvest festivals, classes, and more.  The new Puget Sound Fresh mobile app compiles resources available through the annual Farm Guide.

Cascade Harvest Coalition’s Puget Sound Fresh program is dedicated to encouraging residents in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties to “eat local” and support local farms and food producers.

Supporting a healthy, sustainable regional food system is a goal of PSRC’s  Regional Food Policy Council, which brings together community, government, business and agricultural interests to develop policy recommendations to strengthen the regional food system.

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PSRC recommends $5 million for Darrington, Oso, Arlington area recovery

Responding to the landslide tragedy in the Oso area, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board today unanimously recommended an emergency funding action to provide $5 million of PSRC’s federal transportation funds to Snohomish County.

PSRC's transportation board today unanimously recommended $5 million in emergency funding to help economic recovery of Darrington, Oso and Arlington areas.

PSRC’s transportation board unanimously recommended $5 million in emergency funding to help economic recovery in areas affected by the Oso landslide.

“As we in Snohomish County have been responding to the tragic events of the Oso landslide disaster, it is apparent that the Town of Darrington will need ongoing support for its economic recovery in the months and years to come.  This funding award will be an important first step,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick.

These funds will be awarded to Snohomish County’s North Road, SR 524 – 164th Street SW project for immediate use.  In turn, Snohomish County will use an equal amount of county funding for key transportation projects in the Town of Darrington and its vicinity to support the economic recovery of the valley.

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