The year-long partnership connects city staff with students and faculty who will collaborate on projects to advance the Bellevue City Council Vision Priorities, specifically around livability and sustainability.
“The city is excited about the opportunity to partner with the University of Washington Livable City Year team,” said Brad Miyake, City Manager. “This partnership extends our capacity to continue to provide affordable, high quality services to our residents. It also advances the City Council’s priorities while making a real difference in how Bellevue’s programs and services support and enhance the quality of life for our entire community.”
In the upcoming year, city staff will work with University of Washington’s Livable City Year program participants on a variety of possible projects that range from trail-oriented development and urban forestry best practices to potential public/private partnerships and multi-family community outreach strategies. Projects encompass many of the council’s strategic target areas of Economic Development, Transportation and Mobility, High Quality Built and Natural Environment, Great Places You Want to Be, Achieving Human Potential, and High-Performance Government.
“The University of Washington’s Livable City Year creates wonderful learning opportunities for our students as they work side-by-side with local community members and our faculty,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce. “I’m especially happy that the project’s third year will include a partnership with the City of Bellevue, home to our Global Innovation Exchange facility where collaborations between students, educators and cutting-edge companies are helping develop leaders in innovation with a global perspective.”