Finalizing the Skykomish Plan

On October 17th our firm held an implementation work session with the Skykomish Town Council and members of their Planning Commission.  The goal of the work session was to prioritize economic development goals in consideration of the Town’s budgeting for 2019, as well as the connections between multiple goals and …

Overcoming Bias in Strategic Planning

Preface Caution – this article is still a bit of a work in progress.  However, I believe it’s purpose is valuable in starting a dialogue on whether the open public workshops, board meetings and other ‘group-think’ planning sessions are beneficial to the development of strategic plans.  And investigating whether there …

Pacific Retains Toyer for Economic Development Project

The City of Pacific, Washington has retained Toyer Strategic Consulting (TSC) to complete an economic development project funded by the City and a grant from the Port of Seattle. Under the project scope TSC will identify, categorize and visit key employers within the community.  A final consultant report and business …

Rhodora Annexation Hits 60% Milestone

On July 19th, the Lake Stevens City Council approved Resolution 2018-018, accepting the 60% petition for a 103-acre annexation known as the Rhodora Annexation.  The approval sends the annexation forward to the State Boundary Review Board for a mandatory 45 day review.  If during the 45 day review period no …