Pierce County Agriculture Strategic Plan

U.S. agricultural lands are disappearing nationwide. This trend is accelerated on the urban fringe of many regions, and Pierce County, Washington has lost thousands of acres of agricultural land in recent decades. In response to these changing conditions and the emerging needs of the agriculture sector, Barney & Worth assisted Pierce County to create a strategic plan designed to better understand and boost the industry’s competitiveness.

The first-ever Pierce County Agriculture Strategic Plan includes a systematic examination of the local agriculture sector from an economic development perspective, and provides effective strategies to promote the agriculture industry and enhance its competitiveness. The Pierce County Council adopted the plan, and enacted many of its key provisions: creating a “farmbudsman” position within County government to serve as liaison with the agriculture community; establishing a “Buy Local” preference program for County institutions to purchase local produce; funding a program to assist in marketing local agriculture projects; forming a “farm team” of specialists within the Department of Planning and Land Services; and revising building codes to make them more “farm friendly”.

Tacoma Downtown Parking

Barney & Worth and Rick Williams Consulting are assisting the City of Tacoma to evaluate the best system for paid parking in the downtown area.  The consultants are working with the City staff and an Implementation Committee on an extensive outreach effort to reach key stakeholders including business operators, neighborhood leaders, residents and employers.  Stakeholder input is helping to identify issues and determine the parking management strategies and equipment choices.

Clark Worth and Rick Williams are also contributing to refinement of the financial model and revenue estimates, planning and implementing the system rollout, and advising the City throughout the multi-phase implementation process.

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Keep Salem Moving

Barney & Worth led public opinion research, outreach and multi-faceted education program to engage the Salem, Oregon community in determining critical transportation funding needs and possible solutions.  Consultant tasks included: development of effective messaging; two telephone surveys, focus groups and management of an on-line survey; planning and implementing a Mayor’s Forum utilizing electronic polling technology; and organizing a speakers bureau of city staff and community advocates. The consultant team also supported the communications efforts for the resulting transportation bond measure 24-248, approved by voters in November 2008 – the first transportation measure passed by Salem voters in 13 years.

Additionally, Barney & Worth, Inc. is in the seventh year of a renewable multi-year contract to provide public involvement and strategic communications services for the City of Salem’s Department of Public Works and Urban Renewal Agency.  In this capacity as Consultant-of-Record, the firm guides public outreach processes, researches and writes position papers and public information materials, and acts as news media liaison for several projects.  The firm also works on assignments with other City of Salem departments, including:  City Manager’s office, Fire and Police, Engineering Division, Salem Airport, Transportation Division, and the Utilities Planning Division.

Cully-Concordia Community Assessment and Action Plan

“A touchstone and guide for City bureau and other agency work programs, and a participatory and advocacy tool for community stakeholders.”

– Portland City Council Resolution
Adopted November 20, 2008

Barney & Worth led an extensive public outreach effort to involve community members in an assessment of two neighborhoods in NE Portland.  The Cully-Concordia Community Assessment was, from the start, a partnership effort involving the City of Portland’s Planning Bureau, Portland Public Schools and numerous community members.  This collaborative effort was designed to assess the educational, economic, public facility and service needs of families and children in this diverse and growing area.

Outreach efforts successfully engaged a full range of area organizations, residents, business people, students and school staff.  A diverse community discussion group continues to meet regularly to identify and tackle priority actions to make the neighborhoods better places to live, work and play.

Recognized as a successful model for building community partnerships to take positive action, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability presented the Cully-Concordia project in an educational session at the American Planning Association’s 2009 National Planning Conference.

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Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant

Barney & Worth was hired once again to work with the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and consulting architects to update the Master Plan for the City’s major sewage treatment facility, the Columbia Blvd. Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP).  Clark Worth also guided the development of two prior Master Plans – in 1997 and an update in 2004. Barney & Worth has subsequently directed public involvement for the CBWTP long-range engineering facilities plan and also authored the Vision and Guiding Principles for the treatment plant.

The Master Plans outline all capital improvement projects at the plant for a ten-year period. Consultant work includes policy research, coordination with key City bureaus, public involvement, and preparation of the final master plan document. Both previous Master Plans won unanimous support of City agencies and neighbors.

The hearings officer complimented the applicant at the close of both hearings. In the words of one hearings officer:

“This is the best plan I have seen. It’s a rare master plan that reaches the hearing with no opposition. In this case, your master plan is not only without opposition – it has earned enthusiastic citizen support.”

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