The Puget Sound Regional Council’s Economic Development District board has unanimously adopted a new economic strategy, titled “Amazing Place: Growing Jobs and Opportunity in the central Puget Sound region.”
The PRSC — the regional planning agency that develops economic development and growth management policy throughout the four-county central Puget Sound region — announced its adoption on Friday. The organization touts “Amazing Place” as “a data driven regional economic strategy that identifies leading sectors and the ways the region intends to sustain economic development.”
The strategy has three big goals: Open economic opportunities to everyone; compete globally; and sustain a high quality of life. Each goal is supported by specific strategies and initiatives to sustain and grow jobs throughout the region. New emphasis areas include a specific rural strategy, advancing social equity and affordable housing.
As part of the plan, the EDD board will continuously identify and develop priority actions. Examples of upcoming actions could include a new effort to support the region’s growing space sector, along with supporting a broad based statewide effort to secure assembly of Boeing’s proposed middle of the market jet.
Here's something that might intrigue the South Sound about the strategy: a newsletter email about the plan said, “A big focus is extending prosperity throughout the region. How about Amazon's new HQ2 in Everett or Tacoma? Both are planning for 80,000 plus more jobs.”