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Josh Brown 
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Best place for business? Our region!

The central Puget Sound region leads the way as a Best Place for Businesses and Careers according to Forbes. Seattle (King and Snohomish counties) was ranked #1 and Tacoma (Pierce County) was #10 out of 200 regions. A booming economy, highly educated young workers, and strong growth outlook were important reasons why our region’s metro areas scored so well.

 

Lynnwood Link on track for $1.2 billion federal funding commitment

Future Mountlake Terrace station
Future Link station in Mountlake Terrace 

The region received fantastic news this week with the announcement that the Federal Transit Administration processed the final funding grant agreement for the Lynnwood Link light rail extension. The last step is a 30-day review by Congress. Then the FTA can sign and execute the agreement.

The Lynnwood Link project is now ready to move to “approved” status in the Regional Transportation Plan – a requirement before any major regional project can move to implementation. PSRC’s Executive Board will take action on the change in status on December 6.

 

Boosting the green economy

View of Mt Rainier from Enumclaw
Mount Rainier from Enumclaw

On December 5, the Economic Development District Board will be briefed on an analysis of four key sustainability sectors: water, energy, agriculture and forestry, and building materials.  This economic analysis is led by the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities, which is working to develop an “Eco-Nomic Center” to grow a thriving green economy in Washington. 

 

Port of Everett secures federal loan for rail upgrades

Congratulations to the Port of Everett! The port has secured a $5.95 million federal loan for two key infrastructure projects that increase cargo handling capacity – part of its Seaport Modernization effort. The Port of Everett is the first port in the country to receive a loan from the USDOT’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing program.

 

Ultra-high-speed transportation survey

WSDOT is asking people to take a survey as part of a study of ultra-high-speed ground transportation connecting major cities in the Cascadia corridor. If you have about 15 minutes, I encourage you to take the survey (use the code WSDOT to start survey).

 

I welcome your feedback on our work at PSRC. You can reach me at jbrown@psrc.org.

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