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The Community Services Department consists of several key functions within Edmonds city government: Communications, Human Services, Intergovernmental Relations, and Special Projects. 

Communications

Communication with and engagement of the public is a cornerstone of Edmonds city government. In collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, City Council and other City Departments, the Community Services Department manages media releases and media contacts, manages the City’s social media presence, and works to create comprehensive, accessible and transparent engagement of the public in the operations of city government. See the Communications page for more details.

Human Services

Starting in 2020 the City of Edmonds created a Human Services program and hired a Human Services Program Manager. This program is intended to serve Edmonds residents in need of assistance, guidance, and help finding resources across a variety of issues for the wide demographic spectrum that comprises our city. Since the COVID-19 outbreak the Human Services program has had a particular focus on helping connect those individuals and families that are financially or housing-stressed with local and regional resources that can help. See the Human Services page for more details.

Intergovernmental Relations

Relations with other governmental entities is a key line of business for this department. The two most important levels of government interaction are with our Congressional delegation and the State government. The City interacts directly with the members of Congress who represent Edmonds, as well as other Congressmembers working on issues of importance to Edmonds. In Olympia we employ a professional lobbyist who not only keeps the Mayor, City Council and staff updated on a daily/weekly basis when the Legislature is in session, but monitors important issues and seeks our engagement throughout the year. Each Fall the City Council approves the City’s official Legislative Agenda for the following year’s Session.

Special Projects

Special projects arise every year and may either be cross-departmental projects or projects of a unique nature. Often this Department takes a leadership role with such projects.

Edmonds National Citizen Survey

Results from National Citizens Survey in Edmonds can be found by clicking on these attachments:

The NCS Community Livability Report Survey Results

The NCS Survey Results by Demographics

The NCS Survey Results Technical Appendices

Edmonds Waterfront Connector

Click here for information on the Edmonds Waterfront Connector.

Community Services Projects & Activities

2011 Citizen Levy Committee

5 Corners and Westgate Special District Plans

Development of Old Milltown Park

Port of Edmonds Master Planning Process and Port Liaison

Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment

Disaster Recovery Coordinator and PIO

Edmonds Public Facilities District Staff Liaison

Oversight of Government Channel 21 (Comcast) & 39 (Frontier)

Cable Franchise Administration

  • Comcast Franchise
  • Frontier Franchise
  • Black Rock Cable

Community Technology Advisory Committee

Highway 99 Task Force

Paine Field Monitoring of Activities

Puget Sound Regional Council Liaison

Consultant Contract Oversight

Edmonds Crossing

Sound Transit

Strategic Plan

Sustainability and Energy Grants

 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)

In March of 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced plans to invest $3.2 billion in energy efficiency and conservation projects in U.S. cities, counties, states, territories, and Native American tribes.  The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will provide formula grants for projects that reduce total energy use and fossil fuel emissions, and improve energy efficiency nationwide.  On September 22, 2009, the City was notified that the Department of Energy has awarded an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant to the City of Edmonds.  The award is the full amount referenced in the March 2009 eligibility announcement ($160,200).  The funds will be used for the following six different projects. Announcement of the EECBG opportunity was shared with, and the attached proposed project list was also reviewed by, the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee.

  • Project 1 - PC Energy Management (federal funds)
  • Project 2 - Network Server Energy Upgrades – (federal funds)
  • Project 3 - Residential & Commercial Energy Meters (federal and local non-federal funds)
  • Project 4 - Heating System Design and Feasibility Study for Frances Anderson Center (federal funds)
  • Project 5 - Purchase Hybrid and Electriz Vehicles – (federal and local non-federal funds)
  • Project 6 - Low-Energy Lighting Retrofit – (federal funds)


Update on Project 5: To date, four Toyota Prius’ and two Nissan Leafs have been purchased.  Despite the earthquake in Japan, the Nissan LEAFs have been produced and are on their sea voyage heading our way. The LEAF's arrived in mid-August.

For more information on the City's sustainability projects here is a link to the Sustainability webpage.

 


Economic Development, Community Services and Human Services Contacts


Patrick Doherty, Director
patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov
425-771-0251

Cindi Cruz, Program Coordinator
cindi.cruz@edmondswa.gov
or 425-775-7724

Mindy Woods, Human Services Program Manager
mindy.woods@edmondswa.gov
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25-563-8348