The Retreat’s Goals:
Discuss how a Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) and the AMC property might fit within the City’s vision for downtown and economic growth, and see if there is a consensus among the Council for taking an initial step to produce a design of a PACC.
Discuss potential strategies to attract jobs to downtown, including “rebranding” the City’s image and marketing Federal Way’s strategic advantages.
Discuss trends, challenges and initiatives in public safety and opportunities the City might explore to address the issue.
Discuss how to maintain or revive festivals, celebrations and parades in Federal Way. __________________________________________________________________
NOTE: Refreshments will be served beginning at 8:30. Please come early to enjoy them and be prepared to convene the meeting precisely at 9:00. Thank you!
I. Welcome! Review the Retreat’s Goals - Deputy Mayor Jim Ferrell
II. Review Agenda and Ground Rules - Jim Reid, Facilitator
III. Our Vision for the Future of Downtown and How the PACC and the AMC Property Might Fit in It (This discussion is expected to last approximately 3 hours)
Context: The Council is interested in discussing a Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) and the development of the AMC property in the context of the City’s efforts to expand economic opportunities and attract jobs to downtown. A starting point for this discussion is
the City’s Comprehensive Plan and past actions to address economic
development in downtown. Some of this was addressed in the staff’s
presentation to Council on February 11th.
IV. Our Vision for Economic Development in Downtown - Patrick Doherty/Council
Patrick will reiterate the City’s vision for downtown, including what has already been accomplished to advance that vision, and how the PACC and AMC property might fit within the vision.
The Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) - Council/Mayor Priest
The Administration has proposed funding the design of the PACC as a first step in exploring its feasibility.
The AMC Property - Council/Mayor
IV. Public Comments on the Morning’s Discussions - Citizens
This session is expected to last approximately 15-20 minutes. If there are any citizens in attendance, the Council members and Mayor would appreciate hearing from you about the issues we’ve been discussing this morning.
Lunch - We anticipate breaking for lunch around 12:30 p.m.
V. Economic Development Opportunities and Strategies - Council/Mayor
This discussion is expected to start around 1:00 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Context: The Council is interested in expanding economic opportunities for Federal Way residents, particularly by bringing more jobs into downtown.There appears to be a consensus that creating more jobs depends on the City’s image and marketing it to the business community.
Break - ten minutes
VII. Public Comments on the Afternoon’s Discussions - Citizens
This session is expected to last approximately 15 minutes. If there are any citizens in attendance, the Council members and Mayor would appreciate hearing from you about the issues we’ve been discussing this morning.
VIII. Miscellaneous Topics and Issues on the Horizon - Council
This discussion is expected to last approximately 20 minutes.
IX. What are We Taking Away from Today’s Retreat? - Council/Mayor
Adjourn - adjournment is expected at 4:15 pm