Nominate projects and programs for VISION 2040 Awards

Nominations are open for the annual VISION 2040 Awards program.

Nominate projects and programs for the VISION 2040 Awards until May 18, 2017.

The awards recognize the excellent work being done to achieve the region’s growth, economic, and transportation strategy, VISION 2040.

PSRC honors businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations who do creative work to provide transportation access and mobility, enhance our natural environment, bring jobs closer to where people live, focus high quality housing where the infrastructure needed to support it already exists, and improve the quality of life in the central Puget Sound region.

Send in the stuff you are proud of in your community!

Previous award winners include JBLM Transportation Demand Management Plan, Manchester Stormwater Park, Stillaguamish River Valley Economic Redevelopment Plan and Cross Kirkland Corridor Park.
Award nomination materials are available online here or by contacting Michele Leslie at 206-587-4819, mleslie@psrc.org.
Nominations will be accepted until May 18, 2017 and the awards presented to winners on location throughout the summer.

 

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Welcome to new PSRC board members

An enthusiastic new group of elected officials and community representatives has been appointed to serve on PSRC’s boards and help guide regional decision making on growth, transportation and economic development.

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier serves on the Executive Board.

Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County’s newly elected Executive, attended his first Executive Board meeting in January.

“I’m really glad to be part of this group and plan to be a very constructive member,” Dammeier told the board, adding that his predecessors John Ladenburg and Pat McCarthy both spoke highly of PSRC “and the important work that gets done here.”

On the Transportation Policy Board, new members include:  Pierce County Council Chair Doug Richardson, representing Pierce County; Dan McKisson, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 19, representing Business/Labor; and Trinity Parker, Sound Transit, representing the Transportation Operators Committee. Don Cairns moved from alternate to primary member, representing the Regional Project Evaluation Committee.

New alternates on the Transportation Policy Board include: Councilmember Connie Ladenburg, representing Pierce County; Councilmember Sam Low, representing Snohomish County; Orting Mayor Joe Pestinger, representing Other Cities & Towns in Pierce County; Russ Blount, representing the Regional Project Evaluation Committee; and John Persak, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 19, representing Business/Labor.

The Growth Management Policy Board welcomed Kelly Rider, Housing Development Consortium Seattle-King County, as a new member.

New alternates on the Growth Management Policy Board include: Gig Harbor Mayor Jill Guernsey, representing Other Cities and Towns in Pierce County; North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing, representing Sound Cities Association;  Marty Kooistra, Housing Development Consortium Seattle-King; Councilmember Jim McCune, representing Pierce County; and Dr. Susan Turner, Kitsap Public Health District, representing Community/Environment.

The Economic Development Board welcomed Erin Monroe, Workforce Snohomish, as a new member; and Elizabeth Court, Olympic Workforce Development Council, as an alternate.

On the Operations Committee, City of Orting Mayor Joe Pestinger moved from alternate to primary member, representing Other Cities and Towns in Pierce County.

Representatives to the boards are appointed by the local jurisdictions they represent.


One Center City is topic of next lunch event on January 19

Come to PSRC on January 19 to learn more about the One Center City plan for Seattle’s central neighborhoods.

A plan is developing to make improvements to neighborhoods in and around downtown Seattle.

A plan is developing to make improvements to neighborhoods in and around downtown Seattle.

The effort aims to bring together many communities and partners to create a 20-year plan to improve transportation and provide great public spaces for everyone.

It’s about having easy, affordable, and reliable travel options and public spaces that are safe and inviting.

The project is a partnership between the City of Seattle, King County, Sound Transit and the Downtown Seattle Association.

Over the next year, the plan will set priorities for street enhancements, make sure that all the pieces of the transportation system work together, and identify opportunities to improve public spaces.

Eric Tweit, City of Seattle, will give a presentation on the plan.

The free event is part of PSRC’s monthly peer networking series focused on best practices and resources for local planning and implementation.

The session will take place on January 19, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., at the Puget Sound Regional Council. All are welcome to attend.


Launching local climate change policies into action on Dec 15

Central Puget Sound cities and counties have adopted comprehensive plans with policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. But it can be challenging to turn policies into actions.

Cities like Bellevue are working to implement policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Bellevue is one of many cities in the region taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Please join us for a free session on December 15 at PSRC to discuss a range of actions that jurisdictions are taking to analyze, sequester and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This event will include presentations from several cities and counties along with a panel discussion.

Speakers will include: Erika Harris and Kelly McGourty, Puget Sound Regional Council; Matt Kuharic, King County; Lisa Dulude, Snohomish County; Kristin Lynett, City of Tacoma; and Miranda Redinger, City of Shoreline.

The climate change session is part of the ongoing Peer Networking Series focused on best practices and resources for local planning and implementation. A follow up on implementing climate change adaptation policies is scheduled for spring 2017.

The session is scheduled for 12:00 – 1:30 in PSRC’s Boardroom. You can attend in person or via webinar. For more information, visit http://www.psrc.org/growth/peer-networking/.

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Congratulations, Dow Constantine!

King County Executive Dow Constantine will be named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine tonight in Washington, DC.

“It is an honor to represent King County on a national stage as we are recognized as a model of what a forward-thinking region can accomplish when we work together,” said Constantine. “At a time of uncertainty at the national level, we continue to make progress toward being a more just, inclusive community where all have the chance to achieve their full potential. We are embracing the future, upholding the American promise of hope, freedom and opportunity for all.”

This video shows some of what the region has accomplished by working together:

Every year since 1994, Governing has honored individual state and local government officials for outstanding accomplishment by naming them Public Officials of the Year. Readers are invited to nominate individuals who have had a notable positive impact on their department or agency, community or state.

Executive Constantine will be honored alongside the Governor of Massachusetts, the Mayor of Denver, and five others.

Dow was selected for his Best Starts for Kids initiative as well as his work on ORCA Lift and increasing health insurance enrollment.

As Executive of King County, Dow Constantine has been a member of PSRC’s Executive Board since his election in 2009.

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Cross Kirkland Corridor Park Wins VISION 2040 Award

Kirkland, Google and SRM have won a 2016 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Cross Kirkland Corridor Park. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

The VISION 2040 Award was presented at the Kirkland City Council meeting on November 1.

The VISION 2040 Award was presented at the Kirkland City Council meeting on November 1.

“This project is a unique example of good partnerships creating great public amenities,” said Josh Brown, Executive Director of PSRC. “The city purchased part of the old BNSF corridor and turned it into a park with important car-free commute connections.”

VISION 2040 is the region’s growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region – promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

 

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SR 520 Bridge Replacement Program Wins VISION 2040 Award

The Washington State Department of Transportation and its many partners in the SR 520 Bridge Replacement have won a 2016 VISION 2040 Award for the new floating bridge. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

Josh Brown, PSRC, Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club, Amy Scranton, WSDOT, Julie Meredith, WSDOT, and Mayor John Marchione, Redmond at the awards presentation at PSRC today.

Josh Brown, PSRC, Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club, Amy Scranton, WSDOT, Julie Meredith, WSDOT, and Mayor John Marchione, Redmond at the awards presentation at PSRC today.

“Getting to the new bridge was a two decade, truly regional endeavor,” said Josh Brown, Executive Director of PSRC. “We wanted to recognize the endurance leadership required to make this happen.”

The new bridge provides a safer, more reliable, more environmentally sustainable link between the two economic hubs on either side of Lake Washington.

Partners in the work include: Federal Highway Administration, City of Medina, City of Seattle, King County, King County Metro, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Sound Transit, University of Washington, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Cascade Bicycle Club.

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