Below: State of the City Highlights and YouTube Link to Full Video of Mayoral Address
“2019 is going to be a very productive year.” Patrick Pierce, President and CEO of Economic Alliance of Snohomish County
Everett made it onto Jeopardy this week as an answer to a geographical question, which Pierce points out, means their marketing strategies for the City are working the way they should.
Mayor Cassie Franklin was introduced by Scott Bader, the Council President, and she took to recapping the first year she has been in office, since Mayor Ray Stephanson stepped down. Mayor Stephanson held the position for 14 years before Franklin, who is also the first female mayor of Everett, was elected.
Per Franklin, the budget for the City was balanced, with room to spare for ongoing savings in 2019 under a “priority driven model.”
Quality of life “begins with safety.” She stressed that having a safe, walkable, liveable city is important. In 2018, there had been more than one safety initiative, including Lock It Everett, a Gang Response Unit with a dedicated officer is returning great results. Franklin cited a 40% reduction in gang related offenses in 2018.
In 2018, we broke ground on three different supportive housing structures, and expect 170 of said units by 2020.
In the Fire Department, the City conducted a nationwide search for a new fire chief, and wound up selecting one of our own, Dave DeMarco. The FD responded to nearly 23,000 calls in 2018, and gained 11 new fire fighters.
In 2019, the Everett Police Department will voluntarily enroll in the FBI Use of Force study. They’re the first in the county to enlist.
From Boeing, 806 new planes rolled out of the factory, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747.
The Port of Everett Projects include a South Terminal Modernization and the Riverside Business Park, which should bring 800 jobs to the area. Kimberly Clark is beginning a comprehensive clean up of their old site on the water front. And while the Metro Everett Plan is a boon to the downtown corridor, Central and SW Everett will still receive time and money for improvements as well.
Housing will continue to expand, with an eye towards market rate and affordable housing. In the next 16 years, 70,000 new residents are expected in Everett. Besides tackling the chokepoint of the Trestle, land use planning begins this year to prepare for the Link Light Rail. Everett will also have a total of 18 new electric buses by the end of 2020, saving 10,000 gallons of diesel emissions each year.
Everett High Schools have a 96% graduation rate. Nationally, the adjusted rate for high school completion is 84% (NCES, 2016). Everett Community College added afternoon and evening classes, to make working and learning more accessible for adults. It’s estimated that by 2036, 650,000 tech or skilled trade positions will be available in the area, so it’s important to plan for and meet that need.
To wrap, Franklin announced the launch of the Everett Career Link Program. Per her announcement and following press release, “The unique partnership between the Everett School Distract and the City will offer internship opportunities to high school students looking to earn high school credits and gain insight into local businesses.” “The program will facilitate a 90 hour summer internship to students and businesses looking to take a proactive approach to local talent.”
View the entire address here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2TNrKYQ8T8&feature=youtu.be