Naval Station Everett
Paul Roberts has helped shape Everett’s economic base and make Southwest Everett the largest manufacturing center in Washington State. He served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Norm Dicks, and later advisor to Governor Booth Gardner, helping bring the US Navy to Everett. Since then, Paul has fought to keep these jobs in Everett through five Congressional base closure reviews (BRAC: 88, 90, 93, 95 & 05), and he's ready to fight again.
Aviation and Everett’s Manufacturing Center
In 1988, Paul was hired as Everett’s Planning and Community Development Director, where he oversaw planning and permitting for Naval Station Everett, and Boeing’s expansion to build 777 and 787 airplanes. Working with Boeing’s attorney Dick McCann, Paul developed an innovative environmental and land use permitting process for the Southwest Everett/Paine Field industrial center.
This process called “Planned Action”, provides greater environmental protections, greater certainty and predictability for applicants, and dramatically reduces permit processing times. The Planned Action process helped secure building the 787 at Everett, attracting billions of dollars in private sector investment and thousands of jobs to the Southwest Everett area. It has become an award winning model for land use permitting in Washington State.
Paul was the Everett Site Coordinator for Governor Locke’s “Team Washington” competition to build 787 in Washington - at Everett. He led efforts to fund transportation and other infrastructure needs for Southwest Everett and continues to work on bringing transportation to all of Everett. Today, Southwest Everett is the largest manufacturing center in Washington State, and one of the largest in the nation with over 50,000 jobs, and the capacity for over 90,000 jobs.
Building the Green Economy in Everett
Currently, Paul is working with the Association of Washington Cities - Center for Quality Communities (CQC) to build the green economy in Washington State. A changing climate will bring demand for research and product development in key economic sectors (energy, water, agriculture & forestry, and building materials). Read the full proposal Paul developed at the CQC website: http://www.cfqc.org.
Strengthen and diversify our job base and economy
Manage growth and preserve industrial lands
Improve and expand our transportation infrastructure