The legislature created the Public Works Board in partnership with local governments to assist local governments in addressing local infrastructure needs through a dedicated local funding pool, existing as a revolving loan program, to be managed by a citizens' board comprised of local infrastructure representatives.
The mission of the Public Works Board is to provide financial and technical assistance to Washington communities for critical public health, safety, and environmental infrastructure that supports community and economic vitality.
The Public Works Board administers four programs; the primary purpose of these programs is to provide assistance to local governments for the planning, financing, and construction, repair, or expansion of their infrastructure.
Board Member Duties:
Thirteen Board members are appointed by the Governor for four year terms. Three represent counties, three represent cities, three represent special purpose districts, and four are from the private sector.
Members meet once a month to review applications for financing and deal with administrative issues. In August, the Board meets twice in order to create the Public Works Trust Fund Construction Loan list that must be submitted to the Legislature by November 1st. In even numbered years, the Board conducts a two-day retreat, and in odd numbered years, the Board tours a part of the state to see projects it has financed.
Members are encouraged to attend workshops, conferences, and meetings on behalf of the Board. Often members are part of discussion panels at these meetings. Members are also offered opportunities to attend training courses that deal with infrastructure issues.
The Department of Commerce provides staff support to the Board. Staff is split between administrative staff and regional service coordinators. Staff is required to manage the funds, promote the use of the programs, provide support to the Board, and administer the operations of the unit.