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$46 million in federal funding for 15 Community Projects requested by Larsen

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2023—Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) requested $46,401,575 for 15 local community projects in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill that local leaders and stakeholders identified as critical to their communities. Larsen submitted the requests to the House Appropriations Committee as the Committee begins work on legislation to fund the federal government.

“My priority in shaping spending bills is to invest in Northwest Washington communities to create jobs, keep the economy moving and improve vital services residents rely on,” said Larsen. “I will continue to champion these critical projects to ensure communities can thrive by strengthening infrastructure, building a cleaner, safer and more accessible transportation network, breaking down barriers to services for working families and students, and growing Washington’s economy.”

For the third year in a row, the spending bill will include earmark funding for important community projects; in last year’s omnibus spending package, Larsen secured more than $31.5 million for fifteen Second District projects.

FY 2024 WA-02 Community Project Funding Requests

Larsen requested the following earmarks for projects to invest in the Northwest Washington community:

Investing in Roads and Bridges

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The City of Everett’s Edgewater Creek Bridge Replacement is one of 15 local community Second District projects requested by Congressman Rick Larsen in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill.
  • City of Everett’s Edgewater Creek Bridge Replacement – This project will finish replacing a structurally deficient and seismically vulnerable bridge over Edgewater Creek on West Mukilteo Boulevard. ($4,500,000)
  • Skagit County Public Works’s Concrete Sauk Valley Road Bank Stabilization – This project will stabilize a rural road along the Skagit River that serves as an important connector and alternate route for two major state highways in Northwest Washington. ($4,000,000)
  • City of Lynden’s Bradley Road Safety Improvements – This project will construct safety improvements and multimodal access on an increasingly busy road connecting the City’s high school campus and a new middle school campus. ($4,000,000)
  • City of Everett’s Everett Point Industrial Center (EPIC) Green Bridge – This project will support pre-construction costs for a two-lane bridge with bike lanes and pedestrian walkways, which would improve access to the EPIC Green commercial and industrial development area that the City plans to use as a green technology hub. ($3,040,000)

Investing in Water and Flood Protection Infrastructure

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The City of Lynnwood’s Scriber Creek Trail Redevelopment Phase 3 is One of 15 local community Second District projects requested by Congressman Rick Larsen in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill.
  • Lummi Indian Nation’s Slater Road Elevation Project – This project will elevate approximately 1,900 linear feet of Slater Road by 12 feet to reduce flooding and congestion. ($8,000,000)
  • City of Lynnwood’s Scriber Creek Trail Redevelopment Phase 3 – This project will complete redevelopment (Phase 3) of the existing Scriber Creek Trail, which is frequently inaccessible due to flooding. ($5,000,000)
  • City of Stanwood’s Diking District 7 Fish Passage and Diking Improvement Project – This project will rebuild a failing dike that threatens to flood the entire City of Stanwood and the surrounding agricultural land and restore habitat for a variety of fish species. ($2,650,000)
  • Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District’s Division 7 Water Reservoir Replacement Project – This project will replace a reservoir that does not meet earthquake safety requirements with two reservoirs that meet these standards. ($216,625)

Investing in Community Services

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The City of Mount Vernon’s Library Commons Project is one of 15 local community Second District projects requested by Congressman Rick Larsen in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill.
  • City of Mount Vernon’s Library Commons Project – This project will support construction costs for the facility’s community room space, a community technology center, and educational rooms for technology training and STEM education. ($3,000,000)
  • City of Ferndale’s Civic Campus – This project will support construction costs for Ferndale’s new civic center, including a new city hall, municipal court and public meeting space. ($3,000,000)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County’s Coupeville Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium – This project will construct a new 8,000-square-foot gymnasium at the Coupeville Boys & Girls Club, a new Club location that is scheduled to open later this year. ($2,000,000)
  • Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office’s Rapid DNA System – This project will obtain and utilize a Rapid DNA system to enable the office and local partner law enforcement agencies to better access DNA technology for identification of suspects, exonerate innocent persons and improve public safety. ($439,950)

Investing in Education and Workforce Development

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The Northwest Resource Innovation Center’s Network – Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center is one of 15 local community Second District projects requested by Congressman Rick Larsen in the Fiscal Year 2024 spending bill.
  • Northwest Career & Technical Academy’s @ Whatcom Extension – This project will construct a branch workforce development skills center campus to support expanded career technical education programming for high school-aged students in Whatcom County. ($3,380,000)
  • Rise Up Academy’s ARISE Development – This project will invest in pre-constructions costs to expand an early learning center and provide 32 affordable housing units. ($2,500,000)
  • Northwest Resource Innovation Center’s Network – Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center – This project will renovate and equip its new Innovation Center at the SWIFT Center, which will create a workforce training and manufacturing incubator. ($675,000)

What WA-02 Community Leaders and Stakeholders Are Saying

Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau on Mount Vernon Library Commons Project: “The Mount Vernon Library Commons Project is a transformational project for Mount Vernon. Federal funds requested by Rep. Larsen will be designated for a children’s center, a teen/young adult STEM center, a community technology center and community meeting rooms. These facilities will be co-located within the library project and be available for broad and expanded community use. Mount Vernon needs funding partners to bring this project to completion and we applaud Rep. Larsen for helping us finish this critical community resource.”

Ferndale Mayor Greg Hansen on the Ferndale Civic Campus: “This is a gamechanger for Ferndale. Our community has worked hard to invest in our future as a City, and this funding builds a bridge to that future. We are enormously grateful to Rep. Rick Larsen for his support of the Civic Campus project.”

Lummi Island Business Council Chairman Anthony Hillaire on the Elevate Slater Road Project: “The benefits of this project will be overwhelming to the economy of the Lummi Nation, The City of Ferndale, and all of Whatcom County. The Flooding of the Nooksack River limits Slater Road to one-lane access or complete road closure, turning our reservation into an island. This prevents our people from receiving critical medical care and acquiring necessities. The flooding of the Nooksack River has become an annual occurrence and has endangered and caused economic hardship to our community.”

Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District Board of Commissioners President Todd Citron on the Division 7 Water Reservoir Replacement Project: “Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District would like to thank Representative Larsen for facilitating this Community Funding Project grant. The District is committed to proactively operating its water and sewer systems in a manner that ensures continuity of its critical services. This funding is an instrumental component for the replacement of an aging water reservoir with two new reservoirs designed to meet current seismic standards and outfitted with the ShakeAlert® earthquake warning system—contributing to a safer, more robust, reliable drinking water system for our community.”

Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis on the Bradley Road Safety Improvements Project: “The City of Lynden appreciates the efforts of Representative Larsen and his staff in working closely with the city and including our Bradley Road project as one of his capital requests.  Being able to complete this project with its proximity to schools will increase the safety of students in the area and have a positive impact on congestion in the area.” 

Northwest Career & Technical Academy Director Lynette Brower on the NCTA @ Whatcom Extension Project: “The importance of having a Skills Center in Whatcom County is critical for our community, workforce development, our economic development and most importantly, our young people. This Community Project Funding Request is a critical step in this work. The skills center will continue the great work happening in Career & Technical Education at our Whatcom County high schools by providing industry-based preparatory programs for students while in high school. This is a win for all of Whatcom County!”

Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo on the Rapid DNA System: “Rapid DNA technology will facilitate the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to expeditiously investigate serious crimes including murder and sexual assault.  It not only will allow law enforcement to rapidly identify the perpetrators of heinous crimes but also clear those who are innocent. The system will be made available to support law enforcement agencies throughout Whatcom County and beyond.  I very much appreciate Congressman Rick Larsen for his support and leadership on this important community safety initiative.”

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin on the Edgewater Creek Bridge Replacement Project: “Replacing this old, seismically vulnerable bridge is critical for the safety and resiliency of our community. I thank Representative Larsen for securing the funds needed to begin construction on this important infrastructure project.”

Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin on the EPIC Green Bridge Project: “I am grateful for Representative Larsen’s continued leadership in supporting growth and opportunity for the City of Everett and cities in our neighboring communities. These federal funds will enable us to develop engineering and design plans for a new bridge to access the Everett Point Industrial Center. The bridge is key to opening this underutilized riverfront property to economic development, bringing new jobs and opportunity for a thriving and more prosperous Everett.”

Stanwood Mayor Sid Roberts on the Diking District 7 Fish Passage and Diking Improvement Project: “The City of Stanwood is very grateful for the federal appropriation through Congressman Larsen and his office toward rebuilding a 110-year-old dike that is failing near Stanwood. From the outset, Congressman Larsen and his office sensed the urgency, provided vision, and acted to help make this rebuild possible. We are humbled by this action and believe this is proper representative government in full display.”

Rise Up Academy Executive Director Dr. Paul A. Stoot Sr. on the ARISE Development Project: “On behalf of the current and future students and families of the ARISE Development project, we are grateful to Congressman Rick Larsen for championing this cause. As of today, those that struggle due to generations of racial and economic disparity in Snohomish County can rejoice. Rep. Larsen’s leadership and financial support provides dollars necessary for the ARISE Development to eliminate barriers that prevent students of color from achieving educational goals and future dreams. Together, We serve the Whole child, the Whole family and the Whole community – moving these current students and generations of families from Poverty to Promise.”

Skagit County Commissioner Ron Wesen on the Concrete Sauk Valley Road Bank Stabilization Project: “We are incredibly grateful to Representative Larsen for his continued support of Skagit County and for championing the needs of our residents. His request of $4 million for the design and stabilization of Concrete Sauk Valley Road will go an incredible way toward ensuring continued safe access for families, farmers, and businesses living and operating in eastern Skagit County, as well as our long-term goal of safe fish passage and protection of our valuable natural resources.”

Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell on Scriber Creek Trail Redevelopment: We are thankful for the partnership with Representative Larsen for the Scriber Creek Trail Redevelopment Phase 3 project. When funded and built, this will bring critical safety and ADA upgrades to this vital piece of our multi-modal transportation infrastructure, giving our community members a non-motorized option for traveling to and from the City Center Light Rail Station. On behalf of the City of Lynnwood, we thank Representative Rick Larsen for his support and dedication to enhancing our community.”

Northwest Innovation Resource Center Executive Director Diane Kamionka on NWIRC’s Innovation Center – SWIFT Center: “Entrepreneurs and small businesses in northwest Washington are thrilled to know they would have access to resources enabling them to move forward with their innovations and compete in our digital economy. The foresight of Congressman Larsen to help make this possible is much appreciated. The Innovation Center will increase the skillset of our workforce and add to the resiliency of our regional economy.”

Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Bill Tsoukalas on the Coupeville Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium Project: “The Coupeville Boys & Girls Club is very appreciative of Congressman Rick Larsen’s work to secure funding to build an 8,000 square foot gymnasium for the new Coupeville Boys & Girls Club. This is the second phase of a three-phase project for youth which will eventually include ball fields. The gymnasium will be a cornerstone for sports and fitness activities for kids and adults and also serve as an emergency location/shelter for the Town of Coupeville and Central Whidbey Island. Providing safe and affordable childcare for youth and families is vital to the quality of life of communities.”

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