Economy

  • Transportation, A Multi-Modal System - I fought for bike lanes on the College Street Corridor.  I support fare-free transit forever. We need to decrease our demand for automobiles and become a multi-modal community.  This means investing in sidewalks, urban trails, bike lanes, and commute trip reduction programs. We must maintain our infrastructure, but as we enhance it, we must consider the needs of cars, freight AND people.

  • The Sport Economy - The Regional Athletic Center brings thousands of families into our community from all over the Pacific Northwest.  Imagine if we had facilities, in our capital county, to support sports of all kinds. Competitive swimming & diving.  Volleyball. Basketball. Pickleball. We need to recognize the assets we have already, identify and prioritize those that need to be built, and collaborate on a regional strategy to market and promote Thurston County’s Sports Economy.

  • The Arts Economy - We live in a region rich with culture, history and a strong commitment to the Arts.  And this is a major economic driver- for restaurants, theaters, museums, hotels, and many more businesses.  As government, our role is to provide the key infrastructure for the Arts to flourish - performance and gallery spaces, promotion, and community support.  It is one of the best investments we can make into the economy.  

  • No Net Loss of Farmland - The Food Economy - access to locally grown food has become an essential economic development tool - people are choosing where to live based on access to fresh, local food - and our local restaurant scene would not exist without local suppliers.  We MUST not lose any additional farmland in the rural or urban areas - when we develop, we need to transfer development rights, identify offsets, and take action to preserve farmland for our children’s children.

  • Affordable Housing - This is one of the largest economic issues we face. ‘Living Wage’ jobs are impossible to come by if housing prices continue to soar like they have in past years.  This is a multi-faceted problem. Better transportation infrastructure and access to transit can reduce costs of living. Increased housing options (ADU’s, SRO’s, single family apartments), increasing density, and competitive wages all come into play, along with many other factors.   

  • County Budget - Ensure sustainable county budgeting that focuses on the three I’s- Innovation, Inclusion, Infrastructure-  and rebuilds reserves. We also need to simplify our budget, allowing citizens better access and input.

  • Improve Level of Service in County Permitting - In this digital age, County government needs to stop catchin up, and instead leap ahead.  Many of our services can be done more effectively, and with a better service for the customers, using online and digital tools.  Our processes must be transparent, and our key results must be improved customer satisfaction. 

  • Make Concepts like the Gateway Development a model for regional infrastructure. In community planning, we don’t plan just for tomorrow, but also for future generations.  Throughout my time serving the citizens of Lacey, I have tried to look further out and plan for the longer term.  Projects like the Gateway project are decades to build out, but if done right, and planned dynamically for a changing world, are still the best way to go.

  • Workforce Development - partner with all educational institutions to ensure we are equipping our youth with the right job skills for the future, not the past.  And ensure displaced workers get re-training opportunities in new careers.

 

  • Livable Wages for All Workers - If we cannot commit to this as a community, then we will never achieve our economic goals as a community.  Workers are the foundation of a strong economy, and investing in our workers is the smartest and best investment we can make.  I want strong wages, full-time opportunities, and essential benefits, regardless of the public or private sector.  

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CITIZENS FOR MICHAEL STEADMAN

7701 WHITNEY AVE NE

LACEY, WA 98516

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