[nfbwatlk] #KeepUsMoving

Jacob Struiksma lawnmower84 at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 29 20:08:59 UTC 2013

Good afternoon advocates,

Thanks for coming to the Arc this morning to discuss plans for improving
accessible transportation in our state. I think we have a lot of work to 
but I'm optimistic that by working together we can make this happen.

See below (and attached) for just released information regarding the
statewide listening sessions that are scheduled for September-October. The
times and locations are listed below.  Please try to turn out your 
to these sessions. To help with organizing, consider using multiple 
in your social media postings. For example, if you use #KeepUsMoving
#Everett in your Facebook or Twitter posts, you'll be able to find other
supporters of our effort in Everett and you can coordinate to have a 
presence at the Everett listening session. You can also add your own
organization's hashtag (make them up if you don't have one yet) like
#MSactivist or #PovertyAction (I just made this one up). You can also
include your legislative district, such as #LD36 to connect with other
people who may want to lobby your legislators. Using multiple hashtags 
allow us to bring people together from different areas (#Everett or #LD 
from different organizations (#MSActivist or #WCB), for one cause

Stay tuned for an official fact sheet that we'll encourage you to share 

After tomorrow's meeting in Olympia, I'll send out a further report with
further notes, next steps, etc. You all should have received a request to
join a Google group listserv (from jimbof). Please accept that invitation 
you'd like to be on the listserv to share information related to this

Thank you for coming and please let me know if you have questions. I look
forward to working with you all to make this a success!

Lastly, thank you to the Directors of Disability Organizations (DDO) for
their help in organizing the meeting and helping with accommodations.



Jim Freeburg
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From: Bell, Laura [mailto:Laura.Bell at leg.wa.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 11:52 AM
To: Jim Freeburg
Subject: FW: NEWS: Dates set for bipartisan statewide transportation 
Importance: High

From: Ebel, Erich
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:59 AM
Subject: NEWS: Dates set for bipartisan statewide transportation forums
Importance: High

For Immediate Release:
For Interview Contact:
Aug. 28, 2013
Sen. Curtis King (360) 786-7626
Sen. Tracey Eide (360) 786-7658

Dates set for bipartisan statewide transportation forums

OLYMPIA.Senate Transportation Committee co-chairs Sen. Curtis King,
R-Yakima, and Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, today announced the dates 
cities that will be included in a statewide listening tour aimed at
gathering input from Washington residents on building a new package of
transportation projects.

Beginning on Sept. 17 in Bellevue, legislators will hold at least one 
meeting in each of the Department of Transportation's six regions. Each
meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. and feature 
from regional transportation officials, as well as opportunity for public

Senate Transportation Leadership Forums
.	Sept. 17 - Seattle/Bellevue (Northwest Region)
o	Stevenson Elementary School, 14220 NE 8th St., Bellevue, WA 98007
.	Sept. 18 - Everett (Northwest Region)
o	Snohomish County, Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., 6th
floor, Everett, WA 98201
.	Sept. 23 - Wenatchee (North Central Region)
o	Chelan County PUD Auditorium, 327 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801
.	Sept. 24 - Yakima (South Central Region)
o	Yakima Area Arboretum, Garden View Rm., 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA
.	Oct. 2 - Spokane (Eastern Region)
o	Greater Spokane Inc., 801 W. Riverside, Spokane, WA 99201
.	Oct. 7 - Vancouver (Southwest Region)
o	Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St., Vancouver, WA 
.	Oct. 9 - Tacoma (Olympic Region)
o	Evergreen Tacoma Campus, Lyceum Hall, 1210 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405

"What we have right now are critical infrastructure needs across our state
and insufficient resources to address them. To be successful in moving
forward we know that we're going to need the support of the public, which 
why these meetings are so important," said King.

"We're looking forward to hearing from Washington residents on their
priorities for our transportation system, as well as sharing some of our
thoughts for how it can be improved," said King, referring to a recently
released set of specific reform proposals he and others will be discussing
at the meetings.

"Transportation is the backbone to a vital economy, both for jobs and for 
strong infrastructure that drives economic development," Eide said. "We 
to make sure the public understands what's at stake here, and the public
needs the opportunity to make their priorities known."

Eide concluded by noting that all legislators and local elected officials
are invited to participate in the bipartisan forums.


For more information contact Erich R. Ebel at (360) 786-7395 or
erich.ebel at leg.wa.gov;
or contact Rick Manugian at (360) 786-7569 or rick.manugian at leg.wa.gov.

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