2021 Awardee – City of Kent Rally the Valley

2021 Awardee – City of Kent Rally the Valley

When the Kent Valley transitioned from a farming community to industrial center, the landscape was altered. Giant warehouses with blank walls, limited windows and no curb appeal replaced verdant farmland. The community’s infrastructure changed to support the transportation of goods in and out, and not necessarily helping people stay close to home. While the manufacturing industry has been economically resilient and serves the community well, it has not always been…

2021 Awardee – City of Kirkland Village at Totem Lake

2021 Awardee – City of Kirkland Village at Totem Lake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReUVQeJ0MwU Once, the little retail center off Highway 405 in north Kirkland was home to a dark ‘70s era mall with mostly empty storefronts. Now the Village at Totem Lake is an Eastside destination. Whether people need health care or high-end groceries, or just want a bite to eat and a place to browse, Totem Lake is a bright, modern, mixed use destination that seamlessly combines retail, entertainment, health care…

2021 Awardee – City of Airway Heights Downtown Subarea Plan

2021 Awardee – City of Airway Heights Downtown Subarea Plan

The City of Airway Heights is booming. Once a bedroom community next to Fairchild Air Force Base, it’s now the fastest growing city in Spokane County with a 64% increase in population in the last 10 years. U.S. Highway 2 runs through the heart of downtown, dividing the city in two. The high-speed traffic corridor poses challenges to the nearby community and local businesses, as many of the people driving…

2021 Awardee – North Bend Downtown Form-Based Code

2021 Awardee – North Bend Downtown Form-Based Code

North Bend has branded itself as a community that’s easy to reach but hard to leave. The city, which has about 7,000 people, is a livable small town with a lot of character and natural beauty. Its secret is its people. Mayor Rob McFarland describes the community as one that people want to be part of. “People engage with each other, they care about their community,” McFarland said. He said…

2021 Awardee – Lake Stevens Downtown Subarea Plan

2021 Awardee – Lake Stevens Downtown Subarea Plan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmgqEIDOJ9Y Lake Stevens is respecting its past, even as it builds for the future. That was part of former mayor John Spencer’s vision from his first day in office. “We had the vision to build a town center, and fortunately for us, we already knew where the town center was going to be,” Spencer said. “We had our consultant give us a basic plan, but the big question was what…

Governor’s 2022 Smart Communities Awards nominations open now through May 20 (Update May 3, 2022)

Governor’s 2022 Smart Communities Awards nominations open now through May 20 (Update May 3, 2022)

Annual awards recognize outstanding work in community planning and development Olympia, WA — The Washington State Department of Commerce today called for nominations for the 16th annual Governor’s Smart Communities Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding work by local governments and their partners on long-term community planning and development. Nominees offer a view into the values and long-term priorities of their communities through their plans and actions shaping how they…

2020-21 Governor’s Smart Communities Award winners honored for excellence in planning for growth and economic development

2020-21 Governor’s Smart Communities Award winners honored for excellence in planning for growth and economic development

New category for 2020-21 recognizes local government strategies for addressing impacts of climate change. OLYMPIA, WA —Gov. Jay Inslee and Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown recently announced the 11 Smart Communities Award winners for 2020-21. Launched in 2006, the Governor’s Smart Communities Awards program annually recognizes local governments and their partners for exceptional work in implementing the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) to shape future growth, economic vitality and…

2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

2019 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners Announced

Innovative local and regional efforts earn 13 communities recognition for outstanding achievements in growth management planning. OLYMPIA, Wash.  – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2019 Smart Communities Awards.  Now in its 14th year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington. This year’s honorees include the first winners in a…