Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier has been elected vice president of the Puget Sound Regional Council.

He will be part of the tenure helmed by Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. The two were elected in a unanimous vote at the PSRC’s General Assembly, an annual meeting of elected leaders from King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, economic development and transportation planning for the region. Dammeier highlighted economics in particular in a release announcing the new leadership team.

“We need to create jobs and drive economic growth where people live. Many of our residents are losing hours each day to frustrating commutes. It's inefficient, tough on the environment and, most important of all, hard on families. We can and must do better,” he said.

“As a region, we must plan for a future that we collectively choose, and that can only happen if we work together,” said Somers.  “The future we choose means good jobs, government focused on public service, and a healthy environment. It also will mean looking for ways to make our region more competitive globally.”