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The Washington State Public Works Board approved 12 cities and counties for approximately $6 million in pre-construction loans for 2018. This is the first time in five years the board has had funding from the state Legislature to issue loans. (PDF)

Chair Scott Hutsell signs the loan list on April 13, 2018. Behind him, from left to right, Board Members Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, Diane Pottinger, KC Kuykendall, Pam Carter, and Bill Ramos.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED for Pre-Construction and Emergency  Loans! Please see our Financing page for more information! Deadline for Pre-Construction: July 11. Deadline for Emergency: Continuous until funds exhausted.

Our next IMSIT Listening Session will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 6:30 pm at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, Blue Mountain Room. Please download the invitation here, and be sure to RSVP your attendance here.

Our series of free trainings – Tools for Funding Future Infrastructure Projects concludes May 16 in Walla Walla. Please see our Technical Assistance page for more information.

The next IMSIT Work Session will be held Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 12:30 to 2:45 pm, at the Department of Commerce. Please RSVP your attendance here. For more information, please visit our IMSIT page.

The Public Works Board is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member, Erik Martin, PE, to fill Position #6, County Public Works Director. His term expires June 30, 2021. Erik is the Public Works Director for Lewis County.

Chair Scott Hutsell and Executive Director Cecilia Gardener spoke at the House Capital Budget Committee Work Session on the Public Works Board and IMSIT, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. View video here. View presentation here. (PDF)

Effective immediately, all visitors to the Department of Commerce may only park in the designated Visitor Parking Area, and must display a Visitor Parking Permit on their dash. Please contact the Board Liaison to obtain a Parking Permit. For more information, please see our Visitor Parking Instructions and Parking Map.

Chair Scott Hutsell and Executive Director Cecilia Gardener spoke to the Infrastructure and Public Depository Task Force on October 31, 2017. View video here.

What’s New with the Public Works Board? Presentation at the IACC Conference 10/26/2017 (PDF)

Public Works Board Newsletter, October 2017 (PDF)

The Public Works Board is pleased to announce the appointment of a new member as of October 2, 2017. Bill Ramos fills Position #2, City Elected Official. His term expires June 30, 2017. Bill is a City Council Member for the City of Issaquah.

Infrastructure Funding… Still in the News: How does a District address significant infrastructure needs, against dwindling infrastructure financing, with the least impact to our ratepayers?” Article by Diane Pottinger, Public Works Board Member, September 11, 2017

Chair Scott Hutsell Urges Lawmakers to Support the Public Works Assistance Account, email 07/12/2017 (PDF)

The Public Works Board announces new Chair, Scott Hutsell (PDF)

View May 4, 2017 Infrastructure Funding Programs Webinar

Download PowerPoint from May 4, 2017 Infrastructure Funding Programs Webinar, including links to funders (PDF)

PWeB, our online contracts database, is going through some changes. Contact Connie Rivera to request a password, and for information on how to get the information you need out of PWeB.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is being transferred from Public Works Board contract management to being fully administered by the Department of Health. Learn more here.

Support for the Public Works Assistance Account

06/28/2017, Letter to the Editor: “Public Works Fund restored,” by Monica Jurado Stonier, The Columbian

06/10/2017, Guest Column: “A possible re-start for the Public Works Trust Fund,” (PDF) by Steve Young, Tri-City Herald

06/03/2017, Op-Ed: “State aims to catch up on deferred maintenance,” (PDF) by Chair Scott Hutsell, Spokane Spokesman-Review

06/01/2017, Op-Ed: “Update on Local Infrastructure Project Needs,” by Board Member Jerry Cummins, Union-Bulletin

05/28/2017, Op-Ed: “Public’s Trust Down the Drain,”  by Board Member KC Kuykendall, Union-Bulletin

05/24/2017, Letter to the Editor: “Thanks to legislators for funding public works programs,”  by Board Member Matt Rasmussen, Tri-City Herald

05/23/2017, Op-Ed: “Funding Infrastructure as Inexpensively as Possible,” by Board Member Jerry Cummins, Union-Bulletin

AWC: “Funding the Public Works Trust Fund,” 04/12/2017 (video) Over the past several years, the Legislature has responded to the economic recession by diverting infrastructure funds to basic government. Learn more about the need for the Senate and House to fund the Public Works Trust Fund by watching this video.

AWC: Local Infrastructure Issue Brief Public Works loan repayments should be a permanent base to rebuild and infrastructure partnership, not a one-time shot in the arm to the operating budget.

2017 WPUDA Policy Position, WPUDA Supports Restoration of Funding to the Public Works Trust Fund

09/16/2016, Letter from the Public Works Board to Director Bonlender (PDF)

05/31/2016, North City Water District, “Schools AND Infrastructure”

October 2015, Stan Finkelstein, Board Chair, “Reflections on the Public Works Assistance Account” (PDF)

05/14/2014, North City Water District, “Infrastructure and Washington’s Public Works Board”

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