YEAR | 2008

Washington State Ferries Long-Range Strategic Plan

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Washington State Ferries Long-Range Strategic Plan

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

In response to legislative direction, we worked with OSPI to assess the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP). Our work included a review of the SCAP funding formula and its inputs and an evaluation of the accuracy and reliability of the current method used for forecasting school district enrollment. We also described current state and local school construction funding sources, surveyed other states on their school construction funding programs and process, and assessed recent examples of school construction bond information provided to voters.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

BERK developed four content-rich, creative, and accessible products: a FY 2008-09 Annual Report for OSPI School Facilities & Organization highlighting the SCAP accomplishments; a four-page Folio describing the SCAP to various audiences, icluding school districts, legislators, and the public; a PowerPoint presentation designed for school districts to use as a template to present information on school construction funding; and a Summary Handbook, a shorter, high-level companion document to the School Facilities Manual, designed to help school districts navigate the state’s SCAP process.

These materials are available on OSPI’s website and have been distributed in hard copy across the state.

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State Ferries Long-Range Strategic Plan

North Bend Annexation Study

Washington State Ferries Long-Range Strategic Plan

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

BERK conducted an economic assessment of the value the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC) provides Washington State and the State’s constituent communities. This economic assessment was conducted in response to funding challenges faced by NWAC, to inform discussions about how the Center can achieve a sustainable business model.

We conducted a benefit/cost analysis to examine the value of NWAC’s services and benefits derived by its direct users, and provided perspectives on funding, to inform potential methods for NWAC to generate revenues. The study details the economic impacts of snow-sports activities and industries, examining the economic and fiscal impacts that these industries have on rural and small-town economies in the Cascade and Olympic regions of the State.

Puget Sound Regional Council

BERK worked closely with Prosperity Partnership staff and a 40-member Working Group of regional stakeholders to develop the first-ever Tourism and Visitor Cluster Strategy. In support of the strategy, BERK conducted research, analyzed economic and other data, and created a visual map of the cluster in the Puget Sound region.

BERK facilitated stakeholder work group meetings to define and develop new initiatives and foster partnerships. Working with the work group and staff, we developed four major Strategic Initiatives that are being implemented by the Prosperity Partnership and its regional partners.

Puget Sound Regional Council

Port of Bremerton

On behalf of the Port of Bremerton’s Commission, BERK evaluated the feasibility of the Port’s Kitsap SEED clean tech incubator and business park initiative. The analysis included interviews with potential tenants and clean tech entrepreneurs across the State and region.

The feasibility study assessed market demand for start-up incubation and siting for both emerging and mature clean tech businesses. We evaluated the reasonableness of business and financing plan assumptions through market research and sensitivity analyses, and assessed options to mitigate risk and increase the likelihood of regional support. Our report received significant media coverage in the Bremerton area, and supported subsequent decision-making by the Port to cancel the Initiative.

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Lynnwood Annexation Study

City of Seattle Parks and Recreation

BERK developed a five-year Strategic Action Plan based on a comprehensive assessment of the Department of Parks and Recreation’s core functions, mission, and overall vision. As part of the planning process, we conducted extensive public outreach through surveys, community meetings, and a media strategy. We also obtained staff input to help the Department prioritize its primary services and programs. Using the input received, we developed an action-orientated plan that identified specific roles, responsibilities, and timeframes for each recommendation.

BERK designed and facilitated a full day retreat to help the Department gain consensus for stewarding implementation of the Strategic Action Plan according to set timelines while communicating between teams and the Steering Committee. As part of this work, we helped the Department create an implementation plan to guide and monitor their efforts.

City of Mountlake Terrace

The City received a State economic development grant to assess opportunities to grow the region’s clean energy sector while creating new jobs for the Mountlake Terrace (MLT) community. BERK conducted research, a market analysis, and developed a Citywide Sustainability Strategy and a companion Economic Vitality Strategy.

One component of the Sustainability Strategy is to attract and retain clean energy businesses in the City. BERK also prepared a Clean Technology Opportunity Assessment, which analyzed MLT’s competitive position in the region, and developed strategies to pursue business growth in the clean energy sector. The Assessment resulted in the development of actionable strategies for economic growth in clean tech and traditional markets for the City.

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Mountlake Terrace Sustainable Development Strategy

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

BERK designed and facilitated a citizen Task Force charged with creating an Action Agenda and a new organization to revitalize the Broadway neighborhood business district. The project’s outcomes included a comprehensive Economic Vitality Plan, formation of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, and a $500,000 City investment plan.

As a successful public-private partnership, the project also helped form new relationships, built leadership capacity with the community, and spurred businesses to step up investment in the area. Businesses provided contributions to match City investments, and have donated in-kind support space for the new Chamber. The Chamber is now a driving force for business attraction, retention, outreach, and communications, and has been active in supporting community goals and priorities related to Sound Transit’s extension of light rail through the neighborhood.

City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Kitsap Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED)

Envision Midway: Subarea Plan

Everett Riverfront Project Fiscal Impact Assessment

King County Office of Emergency Management

BERK conducted stakeholder interviews with more than 60 individuals, analyzed the results, and identified key strategic issues facing the Region. We presented findings and recommended goals for discussion by a body of subject matter experts. The resulting plan has guided homeland security funding and collaboration among all jurisdictions and organizations in King County since its adoption.

BERK also assisted with Strategic Plan implementation and supported the Region’s development of a funding mechanism for homeland security grant funds that utilizes the Strategic Plan as a screening mechanism.

Washington State Office of Financial Management

BERK developed a new evaluation and scoring system for the State to use in rating, ranking, and funding competing capital projects proposed by the State’s four-year universities. The scoring system was pilot tested in 2008 and has been used each year since in the Legislative budget process.

The project involved researching capital project prioritization systems used by other states and educational institutions, and using information design, schematics, and analytical graphics to define the steps of the new process. The approach BERK developed is an objective, transparent, accessible scoring system that is responsive to legislatively mandated criteria and has been accepted by the institutions involved.

Northwest Washington Marine Industry Cluster Study

King County Library System

The Future Services Strategy involved defining library services in light of rapidly evolving demographics, changing technology, and financial realities. BERK facilitated a diverse, 17-member Task Force of senior managers and staff from across the Library’s 1,200 employee workforce. Key elements of the Plan included action-oriented strategies to provide effective services and a framework to deliver services in the library, “beyond the building,” and online.

Reaching underserved populations in King County and providing English language learning services was a significant component of the strategy. Our collaborative plan development process also included staff focus groups, patron outreach meetings, Board presentations, and the design and analysis of online staff and patron surveys.

Birch Bay Incorporation Feasibility Study

Nisqually Indian Tribe

BERK prepared a market analysis of Nisqually tribal properties along the Highway 510/Yelm Highway corridor. The analysis encompassed retail market potential, the potential scale of retail development, and other economic opportunities for the sites.

The analysis was part of a larger planning process to develop a conceptual campus plan for tribal properties along the highway and a master plan for the entire Reservation.

Suquamish Tribe

BERK collaborated with a cross-disciplinary team of planners, urban designers, architects, and civil engineers to craft the economic development components of a 20-year land use master plan for the Port Madison Indian Reservation. As part of the project, we completed a strategic assessment of the strengths and challenges of the Suquamish Tribe’s properties relative to the competitive regional environment for retail, office, industrial, and housing uses. We also conducted a pro forma analysis of the development economics for key projects and parcels.

The final product was a Master Plan that creates a vision for the Port Madison Indian Reservation to guide development of tribally controlled land over the next twenty to thirty years.

Sno-Isle Libraries

BERK managed an update of the Library District’s Capital Facilities Plan, which included stakeholder outreach and facilitation, demographic analysis, report design and writing, and presentation to the Board of Trustees. We assisted the District in forming a new stakeholder group—the Sno-Isle Libraries Capital Facilities Planning Advisory Board—and designed and facilitated the Advisory Board’s meetings.

Working collaboratively with staff, we synthesized community, staff, and Advisory Board feedback and analyzed inputs population projections and other inputs to the Plan. The Final Plan included a summary of contextual findings; population and usage trends; clear District policies and goals to guide capital decision-making; a summary of facility needs; and a funding and implementation plan for the identified capital improvements.

King County Library System

To examine the reciprocal borrowing agreement between the library systems, BERK reviewed February 2008 cross-use data from KCLS to determine the number of checkouts and holds that come from patrons who live in the service area of the Sno-Isle Library District and the Pierce County Library District. We determined the checkouts by each system in total and by KCLS branch.

We prepared summary materials that included exhibits showing absolute numbers of checkouts and cross-use calculations,  and maps showing the percentage of cross-use at each branch — for Sno-Isle cross-use and for Pierce cross-use. KCLS branches with the highest rates of cross-use were those near the border of other library districts.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Strategic Action Plan

San Francisco Public Library Economic Benefit Assessment

Mountlake Terrace Sustainable Development Strategy