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Agenda & Workplan

Council Agenda
Work Products
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Meeting Schedule and Agenda

Council Agenda
The council will delve into the key business climate issues identified in the ACE report - infrastructure including transportation, education, tax and regulatory structure, and quality of life. Among specific issues to be addressed are the need for:

  • Business-and-occupation tax reform, especially for startup businesses.

  • Uniform municipal taxation, so all communities in the state can better compete for new business development.

  • Better coordination of state and local environmental regulations and permitting processes.

  • Increased transfer of new technology from universities to the business community.

  • Affordable housing.

Work Products
The council will issue a report identifying important solutions that can be put into place quickly, as well as issues that need to be part of a longer-term agenda. Some remedies can be administered under existing executive authority. The report will include proposed legislation necessary to implement other state or local solutions.

Governor Locke has said any recommendations the council makes must be consistent with his commitment to protect the environment, ensure safe workplaces, and manage growth intelligently.

Work Plan
The Council will hold five, two-hour council meetings - one per month from August to December. Between meetings, staff will work with the council's executive director and committee members to follow up on council discussions and assemble Washington's competitiveness agenda.

Meeting Schedule and Agenda

August 30, 2001
Seattle University, 9 to 11 a.m.
Identify specific, manageable problems to be solved. Form subgroups to address each problem.

September 18, 2001
University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3 to 5 p.m. (map)
Presentation of background on each issue. Discussion of alternative solutions, led by work group chairs.

October 16, 2001
Seattle Stadium Exhibition Center, second level, 10 a.m. - 12 noon (map/directions)
Presentation of preferred solutions. Discussions led by subgroup chairs.

November 13, 2001
REI Flagship Office, Seattle, 10 a.m. - 12 noon (map/directions)
Discussion of draft report.

December 11, 2001
Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. (directions)
Discussion and issuance of final report. Follow-up issues, legislative strategy and long-term issues.
Washington Competitiveness Council Report (Executive Summary)

February 28, 2002
Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 2, 9:30-11:15 a.m.
Transportation status report and discussion. Status report on Governor Locke's competitiveness agenda.

June 26, 2002
Stadium Exhibition Center, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Review of 2002 session acomplishments.