Kent and Renton win Smart Communities Awards

Awards recognize local leaders who promote thriving communities

Congratulations to Kent and Renton! Both cities have been honored with a Smart Communities Award by Governor Jay Inslee.

“Outstanding local collaboration is key to creating sustainable communities with a shared vision for their future growth and prosperity,” said Governor Inslee. “These community projects demonstrate why Washington is such a special place to live, work and play.”

Kent won a Smart Choices Award for its Meet Me on Meeker Streetscape Design and Construction study.

Illustration of Meeker Street Concept

New streetscape standards are helping the city improve safety in the corridor while creating a sense of place, connecting visitors to the historic core, and supporting new development.

Renton was honored with a Smart Projects Award for its new downtown Sartori Elementary School, located in a designated regional growth center.

The school will serve 650 students and meet projected growth over the next 10 years – supporting Renton’s vision for the city center as a place where people live, work, learn, play and visit.

The school’s vertical design and compact footprint result in more open space for recreational use available to students and the surrounding community.

You can see the full list of Smart Communities Award winners at