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Meet the Candidates 2003 - Terril Perrine
What do you think are the three biggest problems facing North Bend?
* We are running into delays resolving the water rights, possibly impacting schedule and making water usage even more critical. All economic development is based on water usage and this problem requires management skilled in resolving complex problems. Terril has these skills.
* King County has approved a commercial development adjacent to our city that impacts our traffic and utilities. North Bend and King County must reach agreement on concurrency usage for the Urban Growth Area. This will only be accomplished through dialog and an existing relationship with King County Council. Terril has this relationship.
* We must find creative approaches to stimulate business in our downtown. This requires a person to think out of the box and have the skills and ability to recognize opportunity outside of our community. We have seen what happens when we try to get the same people to fix the same problem. It is time for someone with a vision and Terril is the right choice.
Bringing business to the downtown sector has been a topic of discussion for years within the city. If elected, what will you do, not only to bring new business downtown, but ensure that the current businesses remain in the area during that renewal process?
Economic development ideas I'm working on:
* Seek assistance in our economic development through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Federal funds are available for public works programs, economic development initiatives and economic development planning initiatives for cities like North Bend.
* Washington State approved Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an investment engine to encourage economic development. TIF programs work best when applied to older structures and areas where property values will increase when upgraded. Doesn't this sound like our downtown?
* Establish a business-and-occupation-tax-free historical district to support economic development and encourage other business into our downtown area.
What is your vision for the future development of North Bend?
We need to generate new opportunities while maintaining our small-town character.
* Team with Snoqualmie Summit to develop a destination resort and destination recreation area. This concept involves developing a business partnership whereas both the Summit and North Bend build on our strengths for future tourism growth.
* Develop a mountain center as an anchor business to spawn other recreational businesses.
* Establish recreational outlet stores downtown inviting shoppers into the historic district.
* Work with Issaquah Highland and establish a North Bend recreational and shopping day trip program supporting the Microsoft Campus and Highland residence.
* Start a North Bend recreational film festival.
* Establish a hops festival celebrating the history of Tollgate Farm.
* Develop a Snoqualmie River kayak center located near the King County recreational kayaking river easement.
What qualities do you have that make you the best candidate for the job?
I chose to run for council because we need vision and experience to take our city forward. My qualifications come from my education and experience: electrical engineering degree; master's degree in business administration; real estate investment; program management; large/small corporate management; technology specialist; small business owner with global customers.
Resident opposition to the SCTF was a huge rallying point for the city. How are you going to parlay that movement into gaining more involvement from resident participation in city government?
Safe Kids Task Force created an opportunity to build upon our neighborhood relationship, sense of community, friendship, trust and willingness to work together. We saw first hand what our citizens are capable of and I plan to build upon my community relationship engaging people with information sharing, issues discussions and decision-making. After all, who better to speak with our community than Terril Perrine, the president of Safe Kids Task Force.
Anything else you'd like the voters to know?
Please take a moment to thank all of the candidates and their families for committing their time and energy for our city. No matter who is elected, I encourage everyone to stay involved as we move forward.