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Oct 18 2009

“Performance First” Launched

Councilmember Harrell and PSRC Launch “Performance First”
Program boosts regional business organizations, minority-owned businesses

SEATTLE – On Oct. 15, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Prosperity Partnership launched the “Performance First” program and website. Performance First was developed in response to the Prosperity Partnership’s regional economic strategy, and its focus on supporting small business and entrepreneurship in creating jobs and ensuring long-term economic prosperity. This innovative new program helps large employers in the region – including current participants like Swedish Hospital, Puget Sound Energy and Starbucks – implement best practices that include minority-owned businesses in their procurement and purchasing efforts.

“Our quality of life, as we know it in this region, is at stake,” said Councilmember Harrell, chair of Performance First. “The PSRC and the Prosperity Partnership are committed to protecting it, and this program helps companies boost the bottom line and better connect to their customers by more effectively partnering with minority-owned businesses.” Harrell also emphasizes the importance of companies learning to use changing demographics to their strategic advantage.

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Jul 25 2009

Good News: Rainier Avenue/Jackson Street Transit Improvements and Mount Baker Light Rail Station Pedestrian lighting

As you may know, I serve on the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Transportation Policy Board and its Executive Board. In this capacity, I review and approve numerous regional transportation projects using federal funds. At our July 23rd, 2009, meeting, I was successful in receiving federal funding allocations for two projects known as the “Mount Baker Light Rail Station pedestrian lighting” project and the “Rainier Avenue/Jackson Street Transit Priority Improvement” project. These projects will directly benefit bus riders and users of the Rainier Avenue/Jackson Street transit corridor and other SE Seattle residents. Currently, more than 7 million transit patrons use the services that serve this corridor. The City of Seattle forecasts that transit patronage will increase by 10% when the improvements are implemented.

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