The Puget Sound Regional Council has elected Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown as its President and Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy as Vice-President. The vote took place Thursday, May 26, at the annual meeting of the agency’s General Assembly, which represents a four-county area.
“These are challenging times, which is all the more reason to pull together as one region to enhance our competitiveness, grow jobs and get ready for a more sustainable future,” said Commissioner Brown. “We’ll be focusing on the fundamentals in regional transportation, economic development, our environment and people.”
Commissioner Brown chaired the PSRC Operations Committee for the past two years.
“At PSRC, elected leadership works together to identify key regional priorities,” said Executive McCarthy. “I’m delighted that Pierce County has a place at the table, because what matters within Pierce County will have a lot to do with the success of the entire region.”
Executive McCarthy has served on PSRC’s Executive Board since her election in 2008. In February, she became the Vice Chair of the Transportation Policy Board.
The General Assembly of the Puget Sound Regional Council includes elected representation from all the members of the PSRC, including counties, cities, towns, state agencies, transit agencies, ports, and Tribal Governments. The Assembly meets at least annually to vote on key issues regarding the PSRC work program and its leadership.
PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 county, city, port, transit, tribal and state agencies serving the region. In 2012,PSRC will select projects for the roughly $400 million in federal funds the region can expect to receive over the next few years. PSRC is also the lead regional economic development planning resource and home to the Prosperity Partnership. More information is available at www.psrc.org.