Complete Streets in Eastern Washington


Nearly 40 city planners, engineers, leaders and interested citizens attended our free Complete Streets training on June 28.

Ben Franklin Transit hosted us in their headquarters, Castle Catering delivered a scrumptious healthy lunch, and much relevant information was shared by all. These community partners joined forces to make the training happen:

CS sponsors

Check out the training presentations on the Benton Franklin Council of Governments site:


Complete Streets

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What are “Complete Streets”?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. People of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

Complete Streets: A to Z

A Short Course on Local Planning

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FREE TRAINING OPPORTUNITY hosted by City of West Richland

The Short Course is an opportunity for planning commissioners, local government staff, elected officials, and community members to learn about our state’s legal framework for planning, comprehensive planning, and community development processes, and public involvement in the planning process.

Thursday, April 23, 2015   6:15-9:15pm

West Richland Council Chambers at Mid-Columbia Library

3803 W. Van Giesen St., W. Richland

Course will include:

  • The Growth Management Act (GMA) & Comprehensive Planning Basics
  • The Legal Basis of Planning in Washington
  • Roles & Responsibilities in the Planning Process
  • Open Government Laws

REGISTRATION    Please register by April 15 by sending an email with your name, organization and title (if applicable) and the location of the short course you wish to attend to: or by leaving the same information at (360)725-3064. Registration is not required, but helps for planning purposes; all will be welcome at the event.

Building Partnerships to Build Mission: From Reactivity to Creativity

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January 8, 2015

No matter what the size of a nonprofit organization, high functioning partnerships are required for success. Today’s business and social problems are just too complex to go it alone without collaboration. This is true at all levels of relationships: between employees, between employees and their managers, between managers and executive directors, between executive directors and their boards, between board members, and between organizations. Yet, partnerships are very difficult to initiate and sustain. Complexity, ambiguity, uncertainty, and pressure are ubiquitous and, even in the most successful partnerships, create substantial risk for reactivity—disruptions in productive communication. This occurs even when everyone has the best of intentions and the best interpersonal skills.

What you will gain from this workshop?

This workshop will focus on foundational concepts and methods which help to sustain creativity and step-by-step progress in partnerships even in the most difficult of situations. These concepts and methods are surprisingly simple and accessible. Yet, they are quite difficult to apply consistently.

With awareness, discipline, courage, and persistence, every conversation can become an opportunity to steadily take steps toward the partnerships you want to create inside and outside your organization.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why and how reactivity causes disruptions in partnerships.
  • Define the steps to move from reactivity to creativity


Neil Baker, MD, has served as a leader, consultant and speaker with organizations known nationally and internationally for innovation. Examples of organizations he has worked with include Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Impact BC in Vancouver, Canada. In his leadership career, his scope of responsibilities ranged from front-line management of a 70 staff unit to senior leadership of quality for a statewide $1 billion healthcare delivery system.  Neil has an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine and a B.S. from Stanford University.

COST: Free


ACE Antidotes: Ante UP!

What does your organization do to balance the fact of ACEs?

We pay attention to what we measure.

As we engage Eastern Washington University in the Community Dashboard Project,

let’s consider the value of measuring our assets as well as our “warts”-

LIVABILITY is about Quality of Life for all.

By mindfully choosing our indicators, we learn and respond progressively

when we acknowledge real facts.


Real sustainability indicators include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • pedestrian-friendly streets
  • urban open spaces
  • residential water consumption
  • solid waste generated & recycled
  • pollution prevention & renewable resource use
  • vehicle miles traveled & fuel consumption
  • distribution of personal income
  • work required for basic needs
  • housing affordability ratio
  • children living in poverty
  • emergency room use for non-ER purposes
  • community capital
  • adult literacy
  • ethnic diversity of teachers
  • arts instruction
  • volunteer involvement in schools
  • juvenile crime
  • youth involvement in community service
  • equity in justice
  • voter participation
  • gardening activity
  • perceived quality of life