2015 Regional Legislative Priorities and Agenda
The year 2015 will be pivotal for Snohomish County as the region seeks to capitalize on the accomplishments of last year, including Boeing’s decision to assemble the 777x airplane at its expanding Everett facility. The Puget Sound region is one of the fastest growing areas of the country and a top location for international trade. Snohomish County plays a major role in this, providing $36.2 billion to the state economy and has the highest percentage of jobs in the state tied to international trade.
The three policy themes EASC and its partners will focus on this year are:
Click here for 2015 Regional Legislative Agenda and Policy Priorities (subject to change)
Snohomish County has over $11 Billion of transportation needs over the next 30 years as outlined in the 2013 Multimodal Transportation30-Year Plan.
In collaboration with its regional partners, including the County, cities, ports, transit agencies, and SCCIT, EASC has developed a prioritized list of transportation projects that focuses on economic development potential of the region and provides the best return on investment.
2014 Regional Priorities for Snohomish County
For the 2014 session of the Washington State Legislature, our regional private-public coalition continues to focus on the priority areas of Education & Workforce, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Competitiveness.
Although 2013 brought great successes to our agenda, including increased funding for K-12 school systems, funding for the University Center, and the passage of tax incentives that will keep assembly of the Boeing’s 777X aircraft in Everett, much work still needs to be done.
priorities this year include the passage of a multi-modal statewide
transportation package and the expansion of education opportunities in
Snohomish County, especially in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math) learning and higher education.
2013 State Legislative Priorities
Education & Workforce Training – Access to a skilled workforce is one of the top priorities for companies looking to bring jobs to our region as well as those who are already here. The ranking of local school districts also plays an important role when businesses assess a region’s attractiveness. Property values are also shown to be impacted by the quality of local public schools making continuous improvement to our P-20 education system imperative to protect our region’s future workforce, attract new businesses and their employees to our region, and sustain local governments’ tax bases.
Transportation & Infrastructure – Freight mobility is important in a just-in-time manufacturing environments and critical to our regional competitiveness, but so is the movement of people. Attractive and efficient transportation systems connecting major employment centers such as light rail and BRT, improve the marketability of our region to those businesses and employees accustomed to transit-centric environments. Such investments also stimulate private sector investments helping communities thrive. See our North Puget Sound Manufacturing Corridor Map & Project List for corridor and project specific information.
Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship – An attractive business environment is necessary as we compete with other states and regions to retain and attract aerospace and advanced manufacturing companies. In addition to investments mentioned above, competitiveness includes creating and maintaining a suite of economic development tools and incentives, keeping the cost of local government reasonable while providing adequate public safety, and offering well-coordinated permitting and planning processes which make government more predictable and efficient.
For detailed agenda of our 2013 State Legislative Priorities, click here.
2012 Federal Legislative Priorities
Reauthorization of major federal initiatives including Federal Surface Transportation, Workforce Investment Act, Federal Aviation Administration, and Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
For more information about EASC’s Advocacy program and our priorities, please contact Glenn Coil at 425.248.4214 or GlennC@economicalliancesc.org.