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Seattle City Council-driven project proves to be a big winner at 2011 Seattle Management Association Awards

Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

Seattle City Council-driven project proves to be a big winner at 2011 Seattle Management Association Awards

On December 8, the Community Centers Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) Work Group, a project team commissioned earlier this year, will be awarded the Planning and Project Management Award from the Seattle Management Association.  This award recognizes an individual, project or program manager who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in establishing courses of actions for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently and successfully.

The Community Centers Statement of Legislative Intent’s Work Group was led by staff from the Department of Parks and Recreation and included representatives from the City Budget Office and Kieu-Anh King and Traci Ratzliff of the City Council’s Central Staff.

“This SLI was an arduous undertaking but the results are well worth it. We found significant savings and are using our scarce resources in creative means,” stated Councilmember and Parks committee chair, Sally Bagshaw. “This is exactly how government should operate and I applaud those who made this a success. I am grateful for your work and this City is lucky to have you.”

In fall 2011, City Council passed Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) 101-1-A-1, instructing Seattle Parks to engage in a city-wide, in-depth dialogue about Seattle’s Community Centers.  Over the past year, an internal working group and Advisory Team examined current uses and developed a menu of options for sustainable, long-term system operations, ultimately proposing a tiered operations system that will reflect a savings of $1.23 million in staff and operating reductions and will be included in the mayor’s proposed budget.  The Council formally adopted the 2012 budget on November 21. 

For more information on the work process and accomplishments by the Community Centers Statement of Legislative Intent Work Group, visit http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/ccpartnership/default.htm.

The Seattle Management Association provides City managers and other leaders with practical learning experiences, access to essential resources, and opportunities to explore new ideas and build relationships with peers throughout City government.

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