Vision on the Move

Vision Highlights

Community members identified 25 strategies and 120 actions for:

Grays Harbor 2020 Implemented Actions

Vision Anchor Area: Infrastructure and Governance

  • Develop a community-focused communications program
  • Unify public service delivery programs where feasible
  • Fund and implement critical transportation studies
  • Maintain strategic marine corridor dredging program
  • Expand freight and passenger rail capacity
  • Extend role of airports in moving passengers, freight and goods

Vision Anchor Area: Signature Places and Spaces

  • Create partnerships to sponsor beautification projects
  • Leverage investments to fund downtown renovation
  • Establish historic districts
  • Develop and promote an inventory of third places and events
  • Develop physical and on-line regional welcome centers

Vision Anchor Area: Unparalleled Environmental Assets

  • Coordinate and facilitate natural area amenity enhancements
  • Establish a program to keep beaches and riparian areas clean
  • Host “natural asset tours”
  • Expand outreach regarding recycling services
  • Encourage use of “green materials” in construction
  • Offer sustainability audits to help institutions reduce waste

Vision Anchor Area: Economic Diversity and Prosperity

  • Determine viability of hosting sports tournaments
  • Expand resources available to keep farms intact
  • Target expansion of key industry clusters
  • Ensure training remains aligned with labor force needs
  • Establish a program to facilitate businesses expansion
  • Create a Grays Harbor College “green building program”

Vision Anchor Area: Social Networks and Opportunities

  • Create a regional health consortium
  • Conduct a health survey to define and prioritize needs
  • Establish and advertise a centralized wellness website
  • Actively involve youth in safety awareness
  • Ensure a broad range of educational offerings for students

Grays Harbor 2020 Pending Actions

Vision Anchor Area: Infrastructure and Governance

  • Expand local access television programming.
  • Hold interactive “town hall” meetings to involve the public in governmental planning and decision-making.
  • Determine the viability of the ferry service between the Ocean Shores and Westport.
  • Execute regulatory changes that will simplify development review.
  • Secure pre-development approval for and market selected highest-value economic development sites.

Vision Anchor Area: Signature Places and Spaces

  • Assess key opportunities for all downtown areas, using renderings to solicit public priorities in public meetings.
  • Create design and development standards that suit individual downtown areas.
  • Develop incentives or dedicated fund to encourage façade improvement and removal of blighted buildings.
  • Inventory special places and take steps to ensure their survival.
  • Form a “special places” volunteer corps to assist in the maintenance and promotion of community icons.
  • Establish and promote a formal “Oakville to Ocean” Waterway Trail system.
  • Create new third places opportunities based on input from diverse community members.
  • Develop concepts for a community gateway signage program.
  • Involve the community in identification of a gateway signage design and messaging.

Vision Anchor Area: Unparalleled Environmental Assets

  • Establish a public lands commission to create and market recreational opportunities.
  • Develop a centralized website displaying key information from the environmental assets inventory.
  • Develop materials to show visitors their role in keeping our natural areas clean and healthy.
  • Design and install walkable, bike-able inter-urban trails that connect communities.
  • Expand and better-identify access points to key natural assets.
  • Coordinate with schools to expand outdoor education for students.
  • Determine the viability of a food waste energy production program.

Vision Anchor Area: Economic Diversity and Prosperity

  • Determine how and where to operate a regional farmers market, central co-op and cold storage warehouse.
  • Explore the feasibility of growing a name-brand organic food production cluster.
  • Develop an Alternative Energy Production strategy, and export excess product to external markets.
  • Explore the potential for creating revenue via participation in carbon-trading markets.
  • Conduct a retail sales leakage analysis to identify under-represented sales categories.

Vision Anchor Area: Social Networks and Opportunities

  • Develop a referral program that connects residents with health information, providers and assistance.
  • Establish and provide grant funding for a coordinated neighborhood revitalization program.
  • Develop regional community center(s) that offer educational, physical and creative programs for all ages.
  • Host an annual Education Forum to involve the community in shaping the education system.
  • Recognize and celebrate students who participate in value-added educational experiences.
  • Establish a Grays Harbor regional arts commission.
  • Host a regular artists’ forum to discuss local achievements in arts and culture.
  • Establish a network of businesses and other venues willing to display art.
  • Provide an art and culture tour.