Region comes together at General Assembly
Thank you to everyone who attended PSRC's annual meeting. We had a great turnout of elected leaders from throughout the four counties who gathered at the newly opened Sanctuary Seattle event space. The Assembly unanimously reelected Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers as President and Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier as Vice President of PSRC. Members also voted to adopt the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan.
A highlight of the meeting was a panel featuring new mayors from Everett, Seattle and Tacoma, moderated by Mayor Becky Erickson of Poulsbo. It was excellent. I encourage you to watch the video of the discussion if you missed it.  
A key theme throughout the meeting was the importance of working together regionally to solve the challenges in front of us. I'm grateful for the exceptional elected leaders in our region who work so collaboratively.
You can see more pictures from the meeting on our Facebook page.
Washington State most competitive location for aerospace
Regional and statewide collaboration was on display at the release of a new Aerospace Competitive Economics Study conducted by the Teal Group. The independent report found that Washington state is far and away the best location in the U.S. for aerospace design and manufacturing. The report's findings were announced at a press conference at South Seattle College organized by the Choose Washington New Mid-Market Airplane Council, which is working to land Boeing's new plane in Washington state. PSRC is providing staff and material support to the NMA Council efforts. You can find out the latest news on their website:  
Regional Passenger Ferry Summit
I joined in a Regional Passenger Ferry Summit last Friday with leaders from across the Puget Sound region. There is tremendous interest in the prospect of adding new fast ferry connections on Puget Sound and Lake Washington. Fast ferries linking Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston and Snohomish counties could provide new travel options to commuters stuck in traffic and a boost to economic development throughout the region.  
Congrats to Kent and Auburn for Smart Communities Awards
Congratulations to Kent and Renton! Both cities have been honored with a Smart Communities Award by Governor Jay Inslee. Kent won a Smart Choices Award for its Meet Me on Meeker Streetscape Design and Construction study. Renton was honored with a Smart Projects Award for its new downtown Sartori Elementary School, located in a designated regional growth center.
Transit-Oriented Development Funding Opportunity
The Federal Transit Administration has launched a new pilot program to help fund Transit-Oriented Development planning. Over $25 million in funding is available to support integrated land use and transportation planning in new transit corridors. You can find out more about the program on the FTA website.

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at .

Executive Director
Puget Sound Regional Council
June 11, 2018