John Marchione and Dave Somers elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council

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John Marchione and Dave Somers elected to lead Puget Sound Regional Council
SEATTLE - 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'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."
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. 


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.
PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth 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 about $240 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, contact PSRC at 206-587-4819 or see