Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has received the Sen. Scott White Regional Leadership Award from the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. This award honors a regional leader who builds bridges between competing interests, moves policy issues from discussion to action and exemplifies a collaborative and servant leadership style. Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess presented the award to Strickland at the 2017 Regional Leadership Conference in Cle Elum.
“The Chamber is pleased to honor Mayor Marilyn Strickland with this award for her commitment to collaboration in planning for smart growth and economic development in the Puget Sound,” said Maud Daudon, president and chief executive officer of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “From her work on the Sound Transit board, to her many trade missions abroad, she has been keenly focused on investments that have a powerful economic impact. I also admire the work she has done for Tacoma youth through strong partnerships with public schools and the broader community.”
“Working together as a region is crucial for the Puget Sound to be competitive with other major metropolitan areas,” said Strickland. “Telling our story as the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area and touting our many regional assets helps us attract top talent and companies. I am thankful to the Seattle Chamber for this award, and I look forward to working with partners in Seattle and beyond to raise the profile of the Puget Sound.”
The Regional Leadership Award was named after the late Sen. Scott White, who represented Seattle in the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives between 2009 and 2011. Past honorees include Sen. Joe Fain, Sen. Curtis King, Rep. Judy Clibborn, Port Commissioners Stephanie Bowman and Courtney Gregoire, former Rep. Jessyn Farrell and former Sen. Nick Harper.