More than 200 local elected officials and regional leaders came together for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s annual meeting today at Husky Stadium.
PSRC’s General Assembly members voted to elect Redmond Mayor John Marchione as PSRC President, and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers as Vice President.
The Assembly also helped kick off and set priorities for a new regional economic strategy.
“This strategy is not going to be a re-do or update, it’s going to be fresh, from the ground-up, a bold new plan for the next phase of the Puget Sound economy,” said Marchione.
“Now, when our economy is strong, is the best time to figure out ways to leverage our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. Now is the time to secure our future prosperity.”
A video helped kick off the strategy (click to play).
President Marchione presented a VISION 2040 Award to state Representative Judy Clibborn for her hard work and leadership on state and regional transportation.
“Judy led the way to the most important transportation investment package in our region’s history. This means millions of people will have better access to opportunity and more choices in where they work, live and play,” Marchione said.
The General Assembly also approved the agency’s supplemental budget and work program for 2016-2017.
The region’s General Assembly includes elected representation from all the members of the PSRC, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, as well as more than 80 cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and tribal governments.