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Advisory Groups

Community engagement is at the foundation of decision making

Comprehensive and equitable community engagement is at the foundation of decision making for the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program. Our engagement will pursue a solution that prioritizes safety, reflects community values, addresses community concern, and fosters broad regional support. Ongoing, extensive and inclusive public dialogue will be critical to developing a bridge solution that best serves the complex needs of communities in Washington and Oregon. To support these goals the program has formed three advisory groups to provide feedback and recommendations: Executive Steering Group, Equity Advisory Group, and Community Advisory Group.

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Three advisory groups

The following graphic provides a high-level overview of how the program will develop decisions based on the guidance and recommendations received from the various oversight and advisory bodies. This graphic does not show all engagement points between groups, and also does not display other working groups that might be formed to provide feedback or expertise on specific issues or interests.

A diagram showing the relationship between the three different advisory groups and how thier recommendation and feedback will flow from one body to the next as decision are made.  The Equity Advisory Group will provide insight and input on the program’s processes, approaches, and any decisions that may affect historically underserved and underrepresented communities.  The Community Advisory Group will provide input and feedback reflective of the community’s needs, issues, and concerns to influence program outcomes.  The Advisory Groups’ input and feedback will be reported to the Executive Steering Group, which comprises agency partners and CAG co-chairs. The Executive Steering Group takes the advisory groups’ input and provides the IBR program administrator, Greg Johnson, with recommendations that the IBR program then presents to the bi-state legislative committee.  The Bi-State Legislative Committee provides oversight and guidance on program development work. Using this input, the Bi-State Legislative Committee then provides guidance to the IBR program administrator, Greg Johnson, who will be responsible for making decisions that have been informed by all parties’ input and exigent constraints.  In addition to input and guidance from the Community Advisory Group, Equity Advisory Group, Executive Steering Group, Bi-State Legislative Committee, and community engagement efforts, Greg will listen to other important stakeholders, such as federal partners, permitting agencies, and transportation commissions.  Using all this input to guide his decisions, he will bring forward consensus recommendations to the appropriate decision makers, including governors.