Friday, August 25, 2006

The Road Behind

RAMP was formed in 2003 as a recommendation of the Growth Strategies Organization (GSO) report that provided a blueprint for the Pierce County area’s coordinated economic development. The partnership seeks to engage all local jurisdictions in a consensus-building process to develop and support regional priorities while recognizing local interests.

RAMP uses its consensus to facilitate project funding from Central Puget Sound, state and federal sources. In just the past year, RAMP has provided consensus on priorities for federal funding, identified and prioritized projects for the second round of Sound Transit funding (ST2), supported maintenance of the funding set aside through the Transportation Partnership Program, and begun mobilizing broad support for a regional funding vote in 2007.

RAMP enjoys support and participation from every jurisdiction and agency in Pierce County, comprising a regional coalition including business, labor, public and private organizations and citizens working to ensure a healthy regional economy associated with the development of an effective, efficient transportation system--and the resources to sustain it.

RAMP is co-chaired by Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, Port of Tacoma Executive Director Timothy Farrell and Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO David Graybill.

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