Government Relations

The City works collaboratively with local, state, and federal legislators to achieve the legislative priorities of the City Council. This includes advocating for, securing, and managing policies, programs, and grants that help the greater community.

The City annually develops legislative priorities, coordinates strategic advocacy plans, builds relationships at all levels of government, and reviews impacts of potential legislation on the City.

Federal

Federal Priorities

The City’s 2022 Federal Priorities include:

Community Projects
  1. College Street Corridor Safety Improvement Project
  2. Septic-to-Sewer Conversion Program
  3. Lacey Museum and Cultural Center in Depot District
  4. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Improvements.
  5. Lacey Veterans Services Hub Accessibility Enhancements
Policy Positions
  1. Support a national housing and homeless outreach strategy to help communities address an ongoing and growing crisis of unsheltered populations.
  2. Support the Puget SOS Act.
  3. Support I-5 Corridor from Tumwater to Mounts Road and the Nisqually River Delta.
  4. Support the Defense Community Infrastructure Program.
Recent Federal Successes
  • Passage of the American Rescue Plan Act with direct, flexible aid to mid-sized cities, like the City of Lacey.
  • Passage of the historic investments made by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act
Federal Legislators
State

State Priorities

The City’s 2022 State Priorities include:

  1. Continue to focus on the I-5 Corridor between Mounts Road & Tumwater, including the Nisqually River Delta – Provide $106M for Preliminary Design and Engineering and ROW Acquisition as part of the next Transportation Package
  2. Collaboratively create affordable housing solutions that work for all
  3. Public Safety Concerns: Return of Less-lethal Options, Use of Force, and Commission Clarifications
  4. Request State Leadership in providing strategies and tools to address the growing unsheltered population in Washington cities.
  5. Capital budget requests:
    1. Public Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
    2. Oxford Housing Program Pilot with non-profit partner
Recent State Successes

During the 2021 Washington State Legislative session, several significant City championed achievements were accomplished, including:

  • Securing $5 million for preliminary design and environmental review by WSDOT for the I-5 Corridor between Mounts Road and Tumwater.
  • Securing $607,709 in Heritage Capital Project Grant funds for the new Lacey Museum and Cultural Center.
  • Securing of $3 million to help local entities address public health and safety risks associated with homeless encampments on WSDOT and other state-owned rights of way.
  • Authorizing a property tax-based Tax Increment Financing (TIF) tool to fund public infrastructure that helps drive economic development.

State Legislators

District 22 Legislators:

District 2 Legislators (Lacey UGA):


Local

Thurston County Board of County Commissioners

Lacey and its Urban Growth Areas (UGA) are largely located within District 1.


Nisqually Indian Tribe

The City and its Urban Growth Area exist on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Nisqually people of Medicine Creek treaty (Nisqually Indian Tribe). Lacey and the South Puget Sound region are encompassed by the Treaty of Medicine Creek, which was signed under duress by Tribal representatives in 1854. The City works with the Nisqually and Squaxin Island tribes in government-to-government partnerships.

On March 4, 2014, the Lacey City Council and the Nisqually Tribal Council participated in a ceremonial event to sign an historic agreement, the Nisqually Indian Tribe and City of Lacey Accord. 

The Accord acknowledges the partnership and mutual interests shared between the City and the Nisqually Tribe. The Accord provides a framework for future meetings and collaboration. As a symbol of the partnership, the Tribe presented the Lacey City Council with a carved totem pole, which is now displayed in the lobby of Lacey City Hall. A rededication ceremony occurred on July 9, 2015.

The City and Nisqually Tribe aspire to meet on an annual basis to work on issues of mutual importance.

Department Contact
Shannon Kelley-Fong

Assistant City Manager

TEL: 360-491-3214

EMAIL: skelley@ci.lacey.wa.us

Department
City Manager

phone: 360-491-3214

Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm