The Puget Sound Regional Council is accepting nominations for its annual VISION 2040 Awards program, which aims to recognize work being done to achieve the region’s growth, economic, and transportation strategy.
The Puget Sound Regional Council aims to develop policies and coordinate decisions about regional growth and transportation planning in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties. The organization 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. The Puget Sound Regional Council sets priorities and evaluates the most efficient ways to target those funds to support state and local transportation and growth management plans.
VISION 2040 is the region’s growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the five-million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region-promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment, according to Puget Sound Regional Council officials.
The VISION 2040 Awards honor businesses, local governments, and non-profit organizations who do creative work to provide transportation access and mobility, enhance our natural environment, bring jobs closer to where people live, focus high quality housing where the infrastructure needed to support it already exists, and improve the quality of life in the central Puget Sound region.
Tacoma and Pierce County projects previously awarded VISION 2040 honors include:
- Downtown Tacoma’s Regional Growth Center Plan (2015)
- Pierce County Agriculture Program (2014)
- McCarver Special Housing Program (2013)
- Pierce Transit Tomorrow (2012)
- Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy (2011)
- City of Tacoma Mobility Master Plan (2011)
- Orting Valley Farms (2010)
- City of Tacoma’s D Street Overpass (2008)
- Pierce County’s Housing Affordability Task Force – Final Report & Recommendations (2008)
- Pierce County Agriculture Strategic Plan (2007)
- Salishan HOPE VI Redevelopment Project (2006)
- Thea Foss Waterway Revitalization Project (2006)
- Port of Tacoma Road Grade Separation (2002)
- Upper Tacoma Design Guidelines (2002)
- Destination Downtown Tacoma (2001)
- Bridgeport Way Improvement Project (2000)
- Union Station Renovation (2000)
- Foothills Trail (1998)
- Tacoma Dome Area Plan (1997)
- Pierce South Community & 72nd St. Transit Center – honorable mention (1996)
Award nomination materials are available online here. Nominations will be accepted until Fri., May 20, and the awards will be presented to winners on location throughout the summer.
More information is available online at psrc.org.
To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Vision 2040 Awards, click on the following links:
- Tacoma earns VISION 2040 Award for downtown development plan (Tacoma Daily Index, June 19, 2015)
- Puget Sound Regional Council seeks nominees for VISION 2040 Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 15, 2015)
- Pierce County earns VISION 2040 Award for agriculture program (Tacoma Daily Index, May 30, 2014)
- Puget Sound Regional Council seeks nominees for VISION 2040 Awards (Tacoma Daily Index, Jan. 31, 2014)
- Pierce Transit earns regional transportation award (Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 12, 2012)
- Tacoma Wins VISION 2040 Award for Mobility Master Plan (Tacoma Daily Index, Sept. 1, 2011)