Organization: Puget Sound Regional Council
Your Name/Title: John Doe/Chairman
Address: PO Box 555, Olympia, WA 55555
Project/Applied Research Description:
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is an association of cities, towns, counties, ports, and state agencies that serves as a forum for developing policies and making decisions about regional growth and transportation issues in the four-county central Puget Sound region.
The Central Puget Sound Economic Development District (CPSEDD) is the federally designated economic development district covering King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. CPSEDD is responsible for regional economic development planning and collaborates with various private and public sector agencies to accomplish this goal.
Part of creating an effective regional economic development strategic plan, as well as following the mandates of the Growth Management Act, involves assessing what infrastructure is needed to allow for economic development. Current information on infrastructure gaps is piecemeal and has not been analyzed beyond the city level.
Specific Research Question
What infrastructure investments will promote a healthy economy in the central Puget Sound region while supporting the mandates of the Growth Management Act?
The PSRC wishes to develop a sub-area infrastructure assessment/analysis in order to support economic development within the urban growth areas of CPSEDD. The student(s) and project contact will develop criteria for: selecting the study geographic area; inventory existing and planned water, sewer, electric, broadband, etc. infrastructure; estimate costs and sources of funding; and ultimately analyze the need for and impact of such infrastructure on the area’s economic development.