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Space sector has big potential for region and state 

A new PSRC report on the space economy is out on the street.  The report details the space sector’s current economic impact and how we can get ready for future growth.

Blue Origin, Spaceflight Industries, Planetary Resources and other companies are already investing here. The industry contributes about $1.8 billion in economic activity to Washington communities. The study highlights trends that will help this global industry grow an estimated seven times its current size by 2045.  Read more at www.psrc.org/space-study

Auburn grows past 80,000 and gains seat on Executive Board

Auburn's population has surpassed 80,000, which means the city now has its own seat on PSRC's Executive Board. I caught up with Mayor Nancy Backus in between the PSRC and Sound Transit meetings last Thursday to hear more about challenges and opportunities as Auburn grows.

 

Josh Brown interviewing Mayor Nancy Backus

Click to watch a quick interview with Mayor Nancy Backus

Mercy Othello Plaza in Seattle wins VISION 2040 Award

Mercy Othello Plaza aerial view
Mercy Othello Plaza along Link light rail

I presented a VISION 2040 Award to the Mercy Othello Plaza, a new housing development near the Othello Link light rail station.  The project provides 108 affordable housing units for people earning $18,000 to $55,000 a year. Sixty percent of the units offer two or three bedrooms to accommodate families. In this time of rapid growth and rising housing costs, building more affordable housing is essential to a healthy and thriving region.

Josh Brown, Dave Somers and Bill Rumpf
Presenting VISION 2040 awards to Executive Dave Somers, Sound Transit Chair,
and Bill Rumpf, Mercy Housing Northwest President 

Lynnwood celebrates completion of Interurban Trail

Ribbon cutting on Interurban Trail in Lynnwood
Mayor Nicola Smith cuts the ribbon on the new trail segment.

Congratulations to the City of Lynnwood on completing the final missing link on the Interurban Trail within the city. The new separated trail section runs from South Lynnwood Park to 212th Street SW near 63rd Avenue W.  The project received $1.3 million in PSRC funding.

Redmond's new Downtown Park opens

Kids in splash pad at Downtown Park
Enjoying the new splash pad at the park

Redmond has a new downtown park in the heart of the city’s growing downtown urban center. The downtown is now home to nearly 6,000 residents and over 10,000 jobs. Downtown Redmond is one of 29 designated regional growth centers and is expected to accommodate one-third of Redmond’s planned housing growth through 2030. By 2024 light rail will serve the center.

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

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