Nancy Ousley - Assistant Excellence in Leadership Award

Through her leadership and vision, Nancy has been able to make a significant difference in the City of Kenmore, especially when it comes to economic development. As our economic development lead, Nancy has created and implemented new programs and has developed relationships with key players to bring jobs and new investment to Kenmore. Here are a few examples:

Kenmore Business Incubator (KBI). On a shoestring budget and on a short timeline, Nancy brought the resources together to create a new incubator for startup companies, securing the physical space and the business coaching and mentoring resources. Through the incubator, Nancy has brought dozens of new primary industry jobs to Kenmore, including several high tech startup companies. Here’s a quote from one of the businesses: “Never before have I seen a municipality invest in the development of local enterprise with such a clever and effective idea.”

Promoting Kenmore and Building Strategic Partnerships. Nancy has also done a unique and exceptional job promoting and branding Kenmore’s image.

Advocating for New Investment. Nancy has intervened on behalf of investors and business owners to navigate through and streamline processes to facilitate their success. She is in constant and frequent contact with commercial property owners who are looking for ways to attract new jobs and investment.

John Williams - Program Excellence Award for Innovations in Local Government Management

John was nominated by the Mayor of Battle Ground for his efforts to negotiate an interlocal fire service contract, complete a complex arterial street project that had been a decade long city priority involving securing funding and ultimately the physical reconstruction and for his tireless advocacy in Olympia on behalf of the city resulting in millions of dollars for needed infrastructure projects.

Kurt TriplettAward for Excellence

City Work Program – Kurt implemented a City Work Program that sets out major policy and financial initiatives of the City that will be accomplished.

New state legislative strategy – He implemented a new state legislative strategy that has been used for the last five years. The Kirkland City Council now adopts a series of priority action items and also a support agenda on which to focus each legislative session.

Google – A key directive from the Council was for the City Manager to ensure that Google was retained and expanded in Kirkland. Kurt’s efforts resulted in Google building a 190,000 square foot LEED Platinum Phase II office complex that will house an additional 1,000 hi-tech employees. Google subsequently agreed to invest $3 million in a public park on the CKC (now called Ferriton Spur Park) between the Google buildings, which opened in 2015 and is used by the public and Google employees.Ferriton Spur Park just won the 2016 PSRC Vision 2040 Award for Public/Private partnership between Kirkland and Google.

Cross Kirkland Corridor – One of Kurt’s most visible and impactful achievements as the City Manager has been the purchase and development of 5.75 miles of the former BNSF Eastside Rail Corridor through Kirkland, now renamed the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC).The purchase and development of the CKC has been an incredible quality of life amenity that has been fully embraced by the community. Thousands of residents of all ages and abilities use the CKC every week.

The CKC has also been a major catalyst for economic development in Kirkland.

Healthy Kirkland Initiative – The City Manager implemented the Healthy Kirkland Initiative. This initiative combined a high deductible plan with a generous Health Reimbursement Arrangement/Voluntary Employees Beneficiary Association (HRA/VEBA) and a near-site, free employee health clinic. A wellness incentive of $600 for employees to participate in the clinic wellness process was also part of the plan. The results in 2015 were incredible. The funding set-aside for claims dropped 14% for the Healthy Kirkland (HK) plan heading into 2016 and the overall City contributions to health costs dropped 4.5% from 2015 to 2016. Kirkland’s actuarial consultants are recommending that 2017-2018 health insurance rate increases could be as low as 1-2%.

Public Disclosure Ordinance – In 2012, the City Manager partnered with Kirkland City Councilmember Toby Nixon to draft a Public Disclosure ordinance that provides transparency and responsiveness to requesters, while also providing predictability of costs and of liability for the city. This ordinance received the Washington Coalition for Open Government’s Key Award in 2013 and the AWC Municipal Excellence Award in 2014.

Economic Development – Kurt Led the effort that resulted in two major redevelopment projects resulting in nearly 1 Billion dollars of new investment flowing into Kirkland in 2016.

Kurt is also an active regional player. He is a current Board Member and Past Chair of A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), and Past Chair of NORCOM, the Eastside’s 911 Dispatch Center. He is also the current Chair of the Eastside Public Safety Communication Agency (EPSCA) which provides the communications infrastructure for radios for emergency responders.

These accomplishments have contributed to Kirkland being named one of 2014 Money Magazine’s Top 5 Best Places to Live in America. In addition, in the City’s 2016 Biennial Citizen Survey, 86% of people rank Kirkland as a great place to live. This is the best positive response rate in the past decade. At the same time, the City maintained its AAA credit rating throughout the Great Recession through sound financial management and a strong focus on replenishing reserves and controlling costs and continued receiving clean audits, with the City being one of the first recipients of the State Auditor’s “Culture of Accountability Award” in 2015.