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Posted on: May 30, 2014

Agriculture Program wins VISION 2040 Award

Pierce County’s Agriculture Program is among six projects and programs around the region receiving prestigious VISION 2040 Awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council.

The awards, presented on May 29, showcase work being done to implement VISION 2040, the region's long-range growth, economic development and transportation strategy.

Over the past year, Pierce County’s Agriculture Program has organized a Farm Forum, created a resources website for farmers, implemented regulatory and permitting reform and assisted with marketing by creating a series of videos introducing farmers to the community.

A signature accomplishment was establishing a partnership with the Cascade Harvest Coalition to develop an app for the Puget Sound Fresh program, which provides easy access to hundreds of farms, farmers markets and other information supporting the local food supply throughout Western Washington. The app is available at www.pugetsoundfresh.org.

“County staff in at least six departments are collaborating on our Agriculture Program to support local farmers,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy. “The agriculture industry is a vital part of our community and contributes to our quality of life. We are making sure that farming remains a healthy component of life in Pierce County.”

Other VISION 2040 Award winners are:

12th Avenue Arts, sponsored by Capitol Hill Housing.

  • A vibrant new multi-purpose building in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, which transforms a 29,000 square foot surface parking lot into a cultural center that meets arts, housing and public safety needs.

Fourth Street Improvements, sponsored by City of Bremerton and LMN Architects with partnering agencies Lorax Partners and Exeltech Consulting.

  • A streetscape design that created a lively theatrical ambiance to generate new investment in downtown Bremerton.

Arbor Village, sponsored by Mountlake Terrace.

  • The first, large scale mixed-use project to be developed in Mountlake Terrace's new Town Center.

Redmond's Central Connector, sponsored by the City of Redmond in partnership with King County, Sound Transit, and The Berger Partnership.

  • The connector locates several instrumental public infrastructure projects on ten acres of prime real estate in the regional growth center and opens a network of active transportation opportunities using the eastside rail corridor.

Residential Infill Measures Report, sponsored by City of Everett, with partnership from Washington State Department of Commerce, Inova, Property Counselors, and Fehr and Peers.

  • A reference manual of innovative infill practices and an exploration of potential housing types, infill locations, and land use code changes that will increase residential development capacity in Everett.

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.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, economic development and transportation planning in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 county, city, port, transit, tribal, and state agencies serving the region. It coordinates the distribution of at least $180 million in Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funds each year. PSRC sets priorities and evaluates the most efficient ways to target those funds to support state and local transportation and growth management plans.

Title VI Notice: PSRC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Complaint Form, see www.psrc.org/about/public/titlevi or call 206-587-4819.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Hunter George, Pierce County Communications
(253) 798-6606
hgeorge@co.pierce.wa.us

Michele Leslie, PSRC
(206) 587-4819
mleslie@psrc.org

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