Marchione and Somers elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council

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 leadership:  Mayor John Marchione and Executive Dave Somers

PSRC leadership: Mayor John Marchione and Executive Dave Somers

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).

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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.

Mayor John Marchione presents State Representative Judy Clibborn with the region’s President’s VISION 2040 award for her leadership in securing the largest and most important transportation investment package in the state's history.

Mayor John Marchione presents State Representative Judy Clibborn with the region’s President’s VISION 2040 award for her leadership in securing the largest and most important transportation investment package in the state’s history.

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.

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General Assembly to meet March 31 at Husky Stadium

You’re invited to join Puget Sound leaders in kicking off an update to the region’s economic strategy at PSRC’s General Assembly meeting on March 31.

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The meeting will be held at the Don James Center at Husky Stadium, just steps away from the new U Link station.

The economy is booming now.  But what steps do we need to take to maintain our competitive edge in the years to come?

How can we ensure that everyone shares in the region’s prosperity?

The meeting will be a chance to help set priorities and hear from PSRC President John Marchione on a comprehensive vision for the regional economy.

The Assembly will also honor state Representative Judy Clibborn for her steadfast efforts and leadership on state and regional transportation.

Other business will include electing a PSRC president and vice president and taking action on the agency’s budget and work program.

The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. To ensure your spot, please register today!

 

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Light Rail to UW debuts March 19

The highly anticipated extension of Sound Transit’s Central Link will begin service on March 19, 2016 at 10 am.

The new station at Husky Stadium is underground and features direct connections to the campus, UW Medical Center, Burke Gilman Trail and the surrounding neighborhood.

The new station at Husky Stadium is underground and features direct connections to the campus, UW Medical Center, Burke Gilman Trail and the surrounding neighborhood.

That is six months ahead of schedule and more than $150 million under budget.

University Link will add two stations to the current line, one on Capitol Hill at Broadway and John Street and the other at Husky Stadium.

Riders will be able to take the same train from the University of Washington through downtown and all the way to Sea-Tac airport in 46 minutes.

King County Metro is planning a major restructure of bus routes in Northeast Seattle to serve the University of Washington Station and improve connections.

Sound Transit will be hosting a launch day party at both of the new stations. A tailgate at Husky Stadium and a street festival on Capitol Hill. Find out more here.

PSRC will be hosting its annual General Assembly  on March 31, at noon, at the Don James Center at Husky Stadium, in anticipation of the new light rail service.


John Marchione and John Lovick elected to lead PSRC

Redmond Mayor John Marchione was elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council at PSRC’s General Assembly meeting on Thursday. Snohomish County Executive John Lovick was elected Vice President. 

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Redmond Mayor John Marchione and Snohomish County Executive John Lovick

“I’m honored to serve in the role of President and support PSRC’s mission to plan for growth in a way that preserves and enhances what makes this region such a great place to live,” Marchione said.

“This is a crucial time for our region. More people are moving here, attracted by the strong economy. Forecasts show that we’re on track to go over the 4 million mark in 2016.  These are positive trends, but it means we’re outgrowing the existing transportation system. It’s time to make a major investment for the future. I look forward to continuing to engage with regional and state leaders to make that happen.”

Executive Lovick has served as a member of PSRC’s Executive Board since taking office in 2013. Before becoming Snohomish County Executive, Lovick served as Snohomish County Sheriff, and also served nine years as the 44th district representative to the state legislature.

the Assembly also recognized outgoing PSRC President Executive Pat McCarthy for her "spirited leadership...dedication, steadfastness, friendly and approachable spirit, and commitment to high standards in public service."

The General Assembly honored outgoing PSRC President Executive Pat McCarthy for her “spirited leadership…dedication, steadfastness, friendly and approachable spirit, and commitment to high standards in public service.”

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.

The Assembly also adopted the agency’s budget and work program and heard a special presentation on Link light rail and development of a potential ST3 ballot measure in 2016.

 

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General Assembly to meet on April 30

Registration is open for the Puget Sound Regional Council’s General Assembly, which will be held on Thursday, April 30, from 12:00-1:30 p.m, at the Washington State Convention Center.

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It’s time to register for PSRC’s General Assembly. Sign up today!

The General Assembly is PSRC’s annual meeting where members vote on major decisions, including adoption of PSRC’s budget and election of officers.  It’s a public event open to anyone who’d like to attend.

All mayors, county executives, commissioners, and councilmembers of PSRC member jurisdictions have votes at the Assembly and are encouraged to attend to ensure we have a quorum.  Please sign up now!

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

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Pat McCarthy and John Marchione elected to lead PSRC

Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy was reelected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council at today’s General Assembly meeting.

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Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy and Redmond Mayor John Marchione.

Redmond Mayor John Marchione was reelected Vice President.

“As President of the Puget Sound Regional Council over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with dedicated elected officials, community members, and many other civic minded people on improving transportation, growing jobs, and enhancing the region’s communities,” McCarthy said.

“Through the PSRC, the region works together to lay the foundation so everyone living here, now and in the future, will enjoy the quality of life that has historically drawn people here and convinced them to stay. I look forward to continuing this important work.”

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.

At the meeting, the General Assembly also adopted the agency’s budget and work program and approved an update to the region’s Transportation 2040 plan.

 

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Governor Inslee to join region’s elected leaders at General Assembly

Special guest Governor Jay Inslee will speak to the region’s leaders at PSRC’s General Assembly on Thursday, May 29, at the Seattle Westin.

Governor Inslee will address the region's leaders on May 29 at PSRC's General Assembly.

Governor Inslee will address the region’s leaders on May 29 at PSRC’s General Assembly.

The General Assembly is PSRC’s big annual meeting that brings together mayors, county executives, commissioners, and councilmembers of PSRC member jurisdictions.

The agenda will include adoption of an update to the region’s transportation plan, election of officers, and action on the budget and work program.

The General Assembly starts at 4 p.m. The business meeting will be followed by a social hour and dinner. Governor Inslee will speak to the group during the VISION 2040 Awards dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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

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