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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bellevue wins Governor's Smart Communities award

Bellevue is one of eight communities receiving a 2007 Governor's Smart Communities award, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Wednesday. The cityWorkers install landscaping as part of improvements to 145th Place Southeast. earned a Smart Choices Award for its Neighborhood Investment Strategy focused on the West Lake Hills neighborhood.

"As Washington works to position itself in the global economy, the work of local governments and their partners to create vibrant, quality communities is vital to our success," Gov. Gregoire said. "The leadership of these award winners helps to make Washington a great state in which to live and do business."

Bellevue's Neighborhood Investment Strategy, a six-year project completed this year, addressed several community issues in the West Lake Hills neighborhood, with upgrades to streets, sidewalks and landscaping among the most visible results.

The Smart Choices award went to cities that succeeded in implementing comprehensive plans.

In addition to Bellevue, winners include: the cities of Everett, SeaTac, Oak Harbor, Seattle and Bothell. Merit awards were given to Stevens County and the Seattle and Tacoma housing authorities. The awards were presented Wednesday evening at an Olympia reception honoring all of the winners from among 20 nominees for creating livable communities.

"The Smart Communities award winners reflect the wide variety of efforts that make up effective growth management planning," said Juli Wilkerson, director of the state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. "Communities can move forward when good, collaborative work like this is accomplished."

The CTED website includes more details about the Smart Communities Awards.

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