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CWB Goes to Washington (Olympia to be exact)

February 8, 2010

From left: Catherine Collins, Sound Experience (Schooner Adventuress); Les Bolton, Grays Harbor Seaport; Mike McQuaid, Virginia V Foundation Trustee; Jim King, lobbyist; Kim DuBois, Virginia V Foundation General Manager; Betsy Davis, The Center for Wooden Boats

On January 28th, representatives of Seattle heritage organizations descended on Washington to attend a hearing hosted by Senator Ken Jacobsen’s committee (Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Ocean & Recreation) that included SB6185 that would create a new grant program for preservation projects on historic boats and vessels. Testimony for the bill was heard from The Center for Wooden Boats, Sound Experience, Grays Harbor Seaport and, of course, The Steamer Virginia V Foundation. Since the hearing, momentum has continued and SB6185 has moved out of the Senate Committee, on its way to Ways and Means. Stay tuned for more developments.

Also on that trip, Betsy Davis and Mark Blatter (of Historic Seattle) met with the offices of the Representatives Frank Chopp and Jamie Pederson and Senator Ed Murray) to ask them to keep an eye on the line item in the capital budget with $500K for Northlake Community Wharf and to support switching the grantee from Historic Seattle to The Center for Wooden Boats. This change would better connect the project with CWB’s ongoing development at South Lake Union and help to ensure its success.

We are also contacting Representative Hans Dunshee and Senator Karen Fraser who chair the capital committees about this switch in grantee.  Betsy also spoke with Garry Shalliot from the Washington State Historical society who administers the grant program so he won’t be surprised. Bottom line — so far, so good.

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