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.