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Welcome to the official site for the Committee to Re-Elect Nancy Backus as the Mayor of Auburn. Auburn keeps growing and we need to make sure we continue making the right decisions to keep us moving in the right direction. Our city needs continued strong leadership and fiscal expertise to keep us on this path. With your help, we can ensure we’ll be successful in November and for the next four years.
As Mayor, Nancy has focused on several issues that matter to Auburn residents: continuing economic development, protecting our quality of life, and investing in transportation.
Continuing Economic Development: she has focused on creating opportunities for small businesses to grow and develop in Auburn.
- Mayor Backus launched the downtown façade improvement program in 2014. So far we have been able to award over $200,000 in grants to downtown businesses to preserve and enhance the charm of our downtown commercial area through strategic physical improvements to buildings.
- Auburn’s Economic Development team has attracted hundreds of new retail businesses to Auburn like Panera Bread, Big 5, Geaux Brewing, Green River Cyclery & Busted Bike Café, Gor Gai Thai, Dave & Busters and an expansion of Gosanko Chocolate in our downtown (just to name a few)! She has also championed high quality manufacturing and aerospace companies to add hundreds of well paying jobs to our city.
- Auburn’s commercial construction valuation has increased from $66 million in 2015 to $120 million in 2016 and issued 358 commercial construction permits in 2016. (Have you seen all the cranes around Auburn?)
- There are multimillion dollar expansions of our two of our largest employers: Boeing and MultiCare Auburn Medical Center and more development on the way.
- Unemployment rates in Auburn are one of the lowest in the state while our average wages in Auburn have risen to among the highest. Nancy’s goal is to continue to attract more good well-paying jobs for Auburn!
Protecting Our Quality of Life: In Auburn, we pride ourselves on having an excellent quality of life, from excellent schools, to safe neighborhoods to great parks.
- In 2016, Auburn hired 8 officers and will hire 6 more in 2017
- Created a traffic court program to allow citizens to attend a safe driving course rather than receiving a citation. The program has been well-attended and well-received!
- Last year Mayor Backus launched a homelessness task force that issued 56 recommendations to address homelessness in Auburn and City staff has made progress on over 40 of the recommendations
- Auburn Parks opened a new Teen Center and Community & Event Center at Les Gove Community Campus. It has quickly become a popular local and regional site to host events both large and small.
- Purchased the historic (and unused) post office building from King County. A large arts grant will allow us to transform the beloved site to a new Center for Cultural Arts in our downtown.
- Nancy has continued to strengthen Auburn’s partnerships with the Auburn School District, Green River College, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and many others so we can grow our community together.
Investing in Transportation: One of the main issues affecting Auburn residents (and the entire Puget Sound area) is traffic. We are focusing on methods to reduce congestion and help people move around more easily.
- Continued investment in transit-oriented development (high density housing near our transit center).
- Received over $3 million in grant funds in 2016 to continue and complete important road projects on our major arterial roads.
- Re-allocated over $1 million of cost savings from two construction projects in 2015 to 2016 road projects.
- Auburn has worked to improve traffic flows during peak commute times by expanding our Intelligent Traffic System.
- Mayor Backus is working closely with the White River Amphitheatre and other stakeholders to reduce traffic congestion during concert season.
- Auburn has received funding from Sound Transit for a second parking garage in our downtown to support commuters.