Washington State Department of Commerce, Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:17am

Governor Jay Inslee today announced winners of the 2018 Smart Communities Awards. Now in its 13th year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to thriving communities, a prosperous economy, and sustainable infrastructure in Washington State. This year’s honorees include the first tribal project nominated for an award.

Smart Partnership Award for a joint public project implementing a comprehensive plan.

  • City of Spokane and partners. Developed in partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District, Community Frameworks, East Spokane Business Association, and other partners, the East Sprague Targeted Investment Pilot Initiative is a targeted investment initiative for housing, public infrastructure and safety, leading to increased private investment and measurable long-term vitality. The collaborative initiative represents an innovative new strategy for public and private investment, recognizing that investment in the public right-of-way is not enough to influence quality of life factors that encourage, create and support truly vibrant neighborhoods and business districts. This partnership model is replicable in most communities, and demonstrates effective prioritizing practices, high-quality design, and sustainable principles.