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Everett is the heart of the Puget Sound Convergence Zone, a meteorological phenomenon that occurs when two air flows split around the Olympic Mountains and converge over Puget Sound, often resulting in a deluge of rain within a narrow band over Everett and Snohomish County.

Just like the meteorological convergence, the Everett Station District is a convergence of many forces:

  • Many transportation modes, including I-5, main arterials into downtown, five different public transit agency bus services, Greyhound, Amtrak and Sounder train service, and, in the future, light rail.

  • A past and present reliant on industrial and other construction trades industries and a future of substantially increased housing and jobs.

Right now, the neighborhood has tremendous potential for substantial housing jobs.  This is an opportunity and challenge.  An opportunity for economic prosperity, and a challenge to do so in a way that both capitalizes on the moment while growing equitably and gracefully with what makes our neighborhood already a strong place to do business.

The Convergence at Everett Station Community Collaborative ("Convergence Collaborative" for short), will bring our neighborhood's stakeholders together to build a multi-year effort for equitable neighborhood development initiatives.  The Convergence Collaborative will align public and private investments, programs, and policies to meet the needs of marginalized populations and to reduce disparities, providing access to quality education, living wage employment, healthy environment, affordable housing, and transportation.

Structure

Partners

Any organization, business, or individual that agrees to the values and principles of the collaborative are welcome to become a partner of the Convergence Collaborative.

Equity Committee

All efforts by the Convergence Collaborative will be guided by the principles and values established by the Equity Committee.  The Equity Committee will consist of individuals who are or represent low income residents, homeless shelter staff, people with disabilities, communities of color, and social service organizations,  A starting place for the Collaborative's equity principles will be those established by the equity work group of the 2020-21 Convergence Study and that are incorporated into the study's final report.

Leadership Advisory Council

A Leadership Advisory Council will consist of representatives of the ESDA, City, social service agencies, social justice organizations, property and business owners, transit agencies, and other key stakeholders.  The Leadership Advisory Council will meet quarterly, and will have a steering committee that will meet monthly.  The Council and steering committee will establish a three-year work plan and steward the collaborative.

 

Nonprofit Social Services Work Group

A Nonprofit Social Services Work Group will consist of all nonprofits located in the neighborhood, and develop shared strategies for how they can collectively contribute toward the betterment of the neighborhood.

 

Workforce Development Work Group
The Workforce Development Group will focus on creating a long-term workforce development collaboratives for the healthcare and construction-related trades in the neighborhood.

 

Housing and Streetscapes & Mobility Work Groups

ESDA staff will reconvene previous work groups that have focused on expanding all-income housing development and improving the streetscapes, bicycle & pedestrian infrastructure, and placemaking to advocate to city and regional funders for physical improvements to the neighborhood. 
 

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A starting place for the Convergence Collaborative are the recommendations and equity principles of the 2021 Convergence Study.

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The Convergence Collaborative is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington.