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Association of Washington Cities honors Representative Jake Fey for role in passing transportation legislation

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Fife, WA – The Association of Washington Cities (AWC), an Olympia-based organization advocating on behalf of Washington’s 281 cities and towns, presented Rep. Jake Fey (D-Tacoma) with a Transportation Champion award for his efforts to enact a transportation package during the 2015 legislative session.

Fey serves as Vice Chair of the House of Representatives Transportation Committee.

“I am happy to present this award to Rep. Fey for his leadership in crafting and ensuring passage of a bipartisan-supported transportation package,” said Milton Mayor Debra Perry and chair of the Pierce County Cities and Towns Association.

Perry, along with Tacoma Councilmember Joe Lonergan and Fife Deputy Mayor Pat Hulcey, presented the award to Fey on November 5 at the Pierce County Cities and Towns Association meeting in Fife.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this package and we want to applaud you for the excellent work you did in helping to make this package happen,” Perry told Fey.

AWC Government Relations Advocate Victoria Lincoln said that cities actively urged the state legislature to enact a comprehensive, multimodal transportation package.

“It was largely because of Rep. Fey that some things were included in this package that are usually overlooked,” said Lincoln. She went on to note that in addition to funding for key projects, the package also provides an increase in direct distribution from the collection of additional fuel tax revenues and new revenues from the multimodal account. Several state grant programs benefiting cities also received a boost in funding.

“I’m honored to receive this award from the Association of Washington Cities,” said Fey. “A strong transportation system is important, not just to our businesses and citizens, but to our cities and communities. I appreciate this recognition of the work I’ve done to keep Washington moving.”

Tacoma Councilmember Joe Lonergan was among those who spoke about Fey’s work on the package. “Not only did Rep. Fey do a superb job advocating for vital transportation investments in Tacoma and Pierce County, but also in developing a balanced package for communities throughout the entire state.”

AWC serves its members through advocacy, education and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, non-profit, non-partisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns before the state legislature, the state executive branch, and with regulatory agencies.

In addition to recognizing Fey, AWC is also honoring the governor and seven other legislators at other events throughout the state for their leadership roles in passing the transportation package.