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March 2012

Vision. Innovation. Determination.

The Washington Chapter of the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) spring conference will be held on Tuesday, 3 April through Friday, 6 April 2012 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. The keynote speaker at the “Vision. Innovation. Determination.” conference is Polly Letofsky, author of “Little Steps, Big Feat!” Her inspiring keynote, chronicling her five-year journey by foot across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles, will compel you to take on life’s biggest challenges one step at a time. Read more about Vision. Innovation. Determination.

Rebirth of a Community Icon

Percival Landing is located on the east side of Budd Bay on the southern most tip of Puget Sound.

Named after an old commercial steamship wharf, Percival Landing Park is a popular waterfront park located in the center of downtown Olympia. Encompassing 3.38 acres, the park was built in phases from the 1970s with final completion in 1988.

In 2004, a structural analysis revealed the need for major repairs and replacement of Percival Landing. Sections were closed to assure public safety and without rehabilitation of the structure, eventually the entire facility would need to be closed, resulting in the loss of a community landmark and recreational facility and limiting public access to the waterfront.

The conceptual design for a phased approach to rebuilding Percival Landing was approved in 2006 by the City Council and the $14 million reconstruction was unveiled to the public in August 2011. Read more about Rebirth of a Community Icon

I’ll Drink to That: Modernizing an Age-Old Malting Process

A birds' eye view of the Great Western Malting plant.

In 1934, a group of Pacific Northwest businessmen founded Great Western Malting in Vancouver, Washington. Prohibition had been repealed in late 1933, so these professionals, most of whom were experienced brewery owners, saw this as an opportunity to get back into the brewing business, but with a different approach.

During Prohibition, many breweries struggled to stay afloat, often producing products with extremely low alcohol content that scantily resembled beer. Another tactic to stay in business was consolidation. The City Brewery in Portland, Oregon, owned by Henry Weinhard, was purchased by Arnold Blitz who merged it with his brewery, Portland Brewing, and renamed the newly formed union the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. Blitz, along with William Einzig, also of Blitz-Weinhard; Phillip Polsky, of Vancouver’s Star Brewing; Peter Schmidt, of Olympia Brewing in Tumwater, Washington; and Emil Sick, who opened the Century Brewing Company that would later become Rainier Brewing, banded together and formed Great Western Malting to provide barley malt, a brewing ingredient in high demand, to breweries and distillery owners in the Pacific Northwest. Henry Collins, of the Pacific Continental Grain Company, and J.R. Bowles, an entrepreneur from Portland, were also among the group that brought Great Western Malting to life. Read more about I’ll Drink to That: Modernizing an Age-Old Malting Process

State Names C-TRAN Expert Review Panel

Five nationally known public transit experts from throughout the United States will convene this spring and summer to review the high-capacity transit components of C-TRAN’s 20-year transit development plan known as C-TRAN 2030. Washington State law requires appointment of an independent Expert Review Panel to conduct a technical review of any high-capacity transit plan that may ultimately seek a public vote to raise tax revenue for system operations. Read more about State Names C-TRAN Expert Review Panel

Successful Methods to Enhance Stakeholder Interaction

The Oregon/Southwest Washington Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) recently hosted a half-day workshop titled “Public Meeting SOS 3.0 – Beyond the Open House.” The workshop, which attracted nearly 100 people, highlighted several successful methods to enhance stakeholder interaction.

Jim Gladson, BergerABAM’s Public Involvement senior project manager, spoke about the value of conducting stakeholder interviews early in a project to better understand issues and concerns of residents, organizations, and businesses most affected by a project. Read more about Successful Methods to Enhance Stakeholder Interaction