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Posted on: August 7, 2018

City receives Smart Vision Award

Representing Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee, Scott Kuhta of the Washington State Department of Commerce presented the City of Ellensburg with the 2018 Governor's Smart Communities Award/Smart Vision category for work performed on the housing element of the 2017 Ellensburg Comprehensive Plan.

The announcement of the award said, "Using an innovative Heart & Soul® process for community planning, the city reached unheard voices and encouraged participation from residents who don’t normally participate. In addition, the assessment process findings identified a need for a future affordable housing commission, and as a result, Ellensburg became the first city in the State of Washington to pass a sales tax increase for affordable housing and related services. Ellensburg’s model has scalability and can be implemented in other cities".

Photo includes (from left to right): Angela San Filippo, Kirsten Sacket, Scott Kuhta, and Mayor Bruce Tabb.

Smart Communities Award

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