Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown has been re-elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council. Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy has been re-elected Vice President. The vote took place today at the agency's annual meeting of its General Assembly at the Westin in Seattle.
This evening, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will be honored by PSRC, which will present her with a special VISION 2040 award for her leadership in strengthening the foundations for the region's future in the areas of transportation, higher education, the health of Puget Sound and aerospace. The award ceremony will start shortly after 7 p.m. and will be followed by remarks from the Governor.
"Reflecting on the past year, what stands out are the continued strong partnerships that are helping to grow the economy and improve quality of life in the central Puget Sound region," said Commissioner Brown. "These partnerships are the foundation for our confidence in the future of this place."
In addition to selecting officers, the General Assembly adopted PSRC's supplemental budget for the next fiscal year and approved a major amendment to Transportation 2040, which included new strategies for improving traffic on I-5 in the vicinity of Joint Base Lewis McCord.
The General Assembly of the Puget Sound Regional Council includes elected representation from all the members of the PSRC, including counties, cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and Tribal Governments. The Assembly meets at least annually to vote on key issues regarding the PSRC work program and its leadership.
PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 county, city, port, transit, tribal and state agencies serving the region. This year PSRC will select projects for the roughly $400 million in federal funds the region can expect to receive over the next few years. PSRC is also the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership.
Rick Olson, PSRC