Background

The Legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments to assist in addressing infrastructure needs. They use a dedicated funding pool to offer low-interest financing in a revolving loan program. A citizens’ board of infrastructure representatives manage the program.

Local Impact

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Nearly 2,000 projects funded.
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Over $2.9 billion in loans.

Board Meetings

The next business meeting of the Public Works Board will be on Friday, March 5, 2021. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Meeting agendas, minutes, and more can be found on our About Us page. 

Upcoming Events

PWB Broadband Program presentation of After Action Review findings Zoom meetings. To join, please click one of the dates below to register.

Wednesday 1/27/2021
2:00 – 3:00

Thursday 1/28/2021
10:00 – 11:00

Latest News

2/17/21 – The Public Works Board will convene a special meeting on 2/18/21. The agenda packet can be found on our About Us page. 

2/8/21 – The Public Works Board is proud to present their Winter 2021 Newsletter.

1/11/21 – Can roads be environmentally-friendly and human-centered? Can they reduce our carbon footprint? Last February, Public Works Board Member Dr. Jeralee Anderson presented a TEDxTalk in Everett about utilizing roads as a component in effectively balancing ecosystems and economies. This talk is now available for streaming.

1/5/21 – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed two new members to the Public Works Board.

Kathryn Gardow, PE has been appointed as the new Public Works Board Chair and assumes Position #13 representing the general public. She is principal of Gardow Consulting, LLC and has close to 40 years of experience in land use and civil engineering as a consultant, a project manager in a land use law firm, in construction, and as a City Engineer. She served as a Public Works Board Member from 2005 to 2014 representing the general public, with five of those years as Vice Chair.

The Honorable Ed Stern has been appointed to Position #1 as an elected official representing cities. Councilmember Stern has been a member of the Poulsbo City Council for 23 years and recently retired from a 35 year career in the financial services industry where he specialized in fixed-income investments. From 2008-2009, Councilmember Stern served on the High Speed Internet Strategies Working Group, a position appointed by the Legislature.

1/4/21 – Lincoln County Commissioner Scott Hutsell has stepped down from his position as the Public Works Board Chair. Commissioner Hutsell initially joined the Board as an Elected County Representative in 2012 and was appointed by Governor Inslee as the Board Chair in 2017. The Public Works Board and its staff thank Commissioner Hutsell for his leadership and dedication, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

1/4/21 – The PWB Broadband Program is hosting two public meetings to present the After Action Review findings from their construction application cycle. Both meetings will be held via Zoom and are open to the public. To join, please click one of the dates below to register.

Wednesday 1/27/2021 from 2:00 – 3:00
Thursday 1/28/2021 from 10:00 – 11:00

11/12/20 – The Department of Health has compiled a list of guidance and resources for water systems and customers about Customer Assistance Programs including requirements under the Governor’s proclamations related to COVID-19.

10/23/20 – The PWB awards broadband construction funding! The ranked list of applications and awards is available here.

9/17/20 – The list of broadband construction application project locations and projected connection speeds is now available on the broadband financing webpage.

9/9/20 – SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current wildfire situation in Washington State and its effects on local communities, the Public Works Board has elected to extend the deadline for applications for the Broadband Construction Grant and Loan program. Applications can be submitted any time until 11:59 pm of September 16, 2020. 

8/19/20 – The PWB will be holding a special meeting on August 20, 2020. Meeting information and the agenda packet can be found on our About Us page.

7/28/20 – If you missed the chance to participate in the PWB hosted training webinars for Regionalization, Value Planning, or Asset Management, they are now available for streaming.

Value Planning (Video)
Regionalization (Video)
Asset Management (Video)

7/13/20 – The PWB Broadband Construction loan and grant application cycle is open now through September 9. Visit our Broadband Financing page for more information and to apply.

6/24/20 – If you missed the chance to participate in this month’s broadband webinars, they are now available for streaming.

Statewide Broadband Partners Meeting (video)
Broadband Construction Application Workshop (video)

6/22/20 – To accommodate the Governor’s directed furloughs, Public Works Board offices are closed on:

Monday, June 29
Friday, July 10
Friday, July 17
Friday, July 24
Friday, August 21
Tuesday, September 8
Friday, October 16

6/5/20 – The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Building Green Cities Guidebook: Incentivizing Low Impact Development (LID) Beyond Permit Requirements presents ways that local governments can incentivize developers to voluntarily incorporate LID on projects in urban growth centers. Using input from interviews, a project advisory committee, and social marketing research, we assessed perceived barriers and motivators for developers to provide guidance and policies to help local governments incentivize developers. The Guidebook includes tools and outreach materials that local governments can utilize to encourage developers to go beyond existing stormwater requirements; including factsheets for best management practices and a variety of incentive programs. To view or download the Guidebook, please visit: https://www.commerce.wa.gov/serving-communities/growth-management/guidebooks-and-resources/

6/3/20 – The June 5 Public Works Board meeting will be live streamed on TVW.

6/1/20 – The Public Works Board will be hosting two broadband focused webinars in June.

The first webinar is a stakeholder roundtable on June 17 from 1:30 to 3:00. This webinar focuses on policy development and implementation. It is designed to be an open discussion about completed work, where the program is headed, and current stakeholder efforts and projects.

The second webinar is on June 18 from 1:30 to 3:00 and is a broadband construction grant and loan workshop for those interested in applying for Public Works Board broadband funding. The Board anticipates opening this funding cycle on July 13, 2020. Workshop participants will receive clear guidance on completing a successful application, including the statutory pre-requisite activities that must be completed prior to applying.

5/15/20 – The PWB is proud to present their Spring 2020 Newsletter. Included within is an update for the PWB broadband construction program, and a reminder that the program’s governing RCW requires applicants to contact local Internet service providers (ISPs) near the proposed project area. This contact must request the ISP’s plan to upgrade broadband service in the project area to speeds that meet or exceed the state’s definition of broadband service within the time frame of the proposed project. This contact must be made a minimum of six-weeks prior to the submission of an application for funding from the PWB, and documentation of this interaction must be submitted with the application.

5/14/20 – The Department of Health (representing a multi-agency partnership with Commerce, Ecology, the Public Works Board, and the Utilities and Transportation Commission) has released a financial impact survey for public water and wastewater systems. The survey seeks to understand how purveyors of these public utilities and their revenues have been impacted during the pandemic. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by May 26. If you have any questions, please email DWSRF@doh.wa.gov.

5/1/20 – Today’s Public Works Board meeting will be livestreamed on TVW.

4-7-20 – The Public Works Board has extended the deadline to apply for Broadband Feasibility and Outreach Grants to June 1, 2020. “We want applicants focused on keeping themselves and their communities safe, without the worry of missing deadlines,” said Broadband Program Director Westall.

3-25-20 – The Department of Health has developed resources for community water operations staffing, monitoring, and service shut-off limitation. They can be found on the department’s Drinking Water main page under the heading “COVID-19 Guidance for Drinking Water System Owners and Operators”. The Department of Health also offers a comprehensive list of emergency resources for water systems.

3/13/20 – As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact across Washington, the Public Works Board and team will continue to be of service to local communities. We want to share some steps we are taking to keep you informed and safe during this outbreak.

Contract administration and management – Staff is available during normal business hours to answer your questions and process reimbursements.

Broadband rulemaking – To minimize the risk of exposure to the community and staff, the public hearing for broadband rulemaking will proceed online only. The submission of written comments is highly recommended. These comments can be emailed to Connie.Rivera@commerce.wa.gov or faxed to 360-586-8440 until March 27, 2020.  Skype participation is available on March 31, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The call in number is 360-407-3813 and the conference ID is 1345139.

Board meetings – Beginning with our April 3, 2020 meeting, the PWB will hold its monthly Board meetings via Skype. Agendas will be posted to our website and distributed electronically.

SYNC – The April 2, 2020 meeting will take place remotely via Skype.

Tech Teams – Tech Team requests are accepted on an ongoing basis. Scheduled Tech Team meetings will be rescheduled or take place remotely, via Skype or other means.

Regional trainings – All four regional training events scheduled from March through June 2020 are cancelled. We look forward to interacting with communities and discussing projects and programs at the next Infrastructure Assistance Coordination Council meeting.

We welcome your questions and comments about the PWB and look forward to meeting in person once circumstances allow. Please follow the state Department of Health website for comprehensive information on the COVID-19 virus.

Thank you,

The PWB

3/11/20 – With continued concern for the proliferation of COVID-19 from federal, state, and local health organizations, the Public Works Board regrets to announce the cancellation of our Regional Training events for this year. This is not a step we take lightly, but it is consistent with the actions of other organizations. We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank everyone for their understanding.

Latest News Archive

Basich Boulevard Landslide Damage
Damage caused to Basich Boulevard, a tsunami evacuation route in Aberdeen, by a slow-moving landslide. A PWB Emergency Loan is funding the repair.
Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Facility under construction
PWB funded construction of the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station in Seattle.
Senator Honeyford visits the site of Terrace Heights Sewer District's completed PWB Emergency Loan project. From left to right: Gray & Osborne Engineer Nancy Wetch, Commissioner Frank Sliger, Commissioner Robert Linker, Senator Honeyford, and Commissioner Harold Sliger.
Senator Honeyford visits the site of Terrace Heights Sewer District's completed PWB Emergency Loan project. From left to right: Gray & Osborne Engineer Nancy Wetch, Commissioner Frank Sliger, Commissioner Robert Linker, Senator Honeyford, and Commissioner Harold Sliger.
Gov. Inslee signing Senate Bill 5511, May 13, 2019
Governor Inslee signs 2SSB 5511 into law, establishing a new broadband program within PWB.