YEAR | 2005

Washington State Office of Financial Management

BERK inventoried and evaluated the State’s programs and funding mechanisms for local government infrastructure investments. The project involved strategic mapping and inventorying of the history and multiple agencies responsible for delivering the 84 separate funding programs in Washington. Our three-volume report remains the seminal analysis of infrastructure funding in the State.
The study involved conducting more than 150 stakeholder interviews, a literature review and national best practices assessment, and development of a framework for critically applying lessons learned across the country to Washington State. We also conducted a programmatic evaluation of Washington’s programs individually and as a system, and diagrammed current relationships and responsibilities. We presented our recommendations to multiple agencies and stakeholder groups.

International Speedway Corporation

BERK prepared an assessment of potential economic benefits of a proposed 75,000 seat NASCAR motor speedway in the Puget Sound region. The analysis considered the direct, indirect, and induced impacts of track construction and annual operations on State and regional employment, business activity, and tax collections.

The assessment was commissioned to support policy decisions regarding potential public-private partnership opportunities for the racetrack’s development.

King County Office of Emergency Management

As part of an interdisciplinary team, BERK conducted interviews with a diverse set of stakeholders to inform the development of a Region 6 Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Our work identified key findings and themes for inclusion in the Plan, and involved outreach efforts to obtain feedback on the Draft Plan as well as the creation of a Final Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan that has broad buy-in from stakeholders. This work included facilitating the Healthcare Systems small group discussion at the Region 6 Critical Infrastructure Interdependency Forum.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Seattle OED

BERK conducted research and collected data to analyze the new Central Library’s impacts on tourism and downtown businesses. The Study also assessed the City of Seattle’s larger economic development opportunities.

BERK designed, administered and analyzed patron surveys and conducted a financial and economic analysis of the library’s benefits. We also reviewed comparable facilities nationally and internationally and recommended strategies to maximize the Library’s economic potential.

Economic Assessment of Burlington Northern Rail Corridor

County to contribute $3.5 million toward rail corridor
Seattle PI | 07.12.05

Financial Feasibility Analysis of the Proposed City of Fairwood

Deciding Fairwood’s course: Community struggles with whether to incorporate
Seattle PI | 06.25.05

Economic Assessment of Burlington Northern Rail Corridor

Trailway an investment in healthy region
Seattle PI | 06.21.05

Alaskan Way Viaduct Economic Impact Analysis

Tunnel touted as viaduct replacement: Study cites benefits for city, but not everyone is convinced
Seattle PI | 05.10.05

Alaskan Way Viaduct Economic Impact Analysis

Viaduct tunnel cost offset by other gains, study says
Seattle PI | 05.10.05

Financial Feasibility Analysis of the Proposed City of Fairwood

New King County city considered
Puget Sound Business Journal | 03.23.05

Washington State Department of Health

BERK provided multi-year project management, program evaluation, and facilitation services for the finance element of the Public Health Improvement Plan. We supported a committee of public health professionals and policymakers focused on improving the system of funding for public health in Washington. As part of this project we analyzed program funding options, examined state and local revenues and expenditures, and developed policy questions and models that informed recommendations for system improvements.

We worked closely with the Washington State Public Health Improvement Partnership Finance Committee to summarize the challenges and choices facing the state’s system for financing local public health. The report combined a synthesis of past Committee studies with new analysis of state financial data and was delivered to members of the Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Public Health Financing.