In 2018, nearly two dozen leaders are beginning their terms as members of the Economic Development Board (EDB) of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC). In addition to new members representing the region's jurisdictions, six community, education and business leaders are starting two-year terms as presidential appointments.
The regional EDB of the PSRC is the federally designated economic development district for the central Puget Sound region covering King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The focus of the EDB is on implementing the regional economic strategy known as “Amazing Place.” The PSRC works with more than 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region, serving as the planning agency with respect to transportation, growth management, and economic development
As Greater Seattle becomes an international hub for business and tourism, an additional one million people are expected to live in the region by 2040. The PSRC’s growth strategy focuses on new housing, jobs and regional development while also preserving rural areas, farmland and forests.
There are three major goals in PSRC’s “Amazing Place” strategy: open economic opportunities for everyone; to compete globally; and to sustain a high quality of life. This strategy also emphasizes traditional economic development priorities such as transportation, education, international trade and the region’s business climate. In addition to the traditional goals, new emphasis areas in Amazing Place include a specific rural strategy, initiatives to grow jobs throughout the region, advancing social equity and affordable housing.