Voices of the Region

We support great ideas from wherever they come and don’t settle for ‘us’ and ‘them’ paradigms.

Ensuring what we most value in our corner of the world will be here for future generations is a big challenge requiring the best from us all. Voices of the region is a two way conversation. Your thoughts and hopes inform our work and we share back what we hear, what we learn and what we’re doing for this place. We use our convening skills to bring all voices to the table. And we stir the pot and get people talking across dinner tables, over online conversations, in the pages of Ampersand and on social media. Join the exchange—there’s wisdom and purpose and strength in numbers.

Tukwila Community Conversation at Showalter Middle School in Tukwila, WA
Photo by Danny Ngan
  • Perspectives

    Our online space for sharing ideas and inspiring actions. We invite all thinkers and doers, writers and artists, creators and implementers to challenge us, engage us, inform us with words and images and sounds. We’re there, too. But we don’t want to just hear ourselves talking—learn how to contribute your voice.

    Perspectives

  • Ampersand

    Ampersand, the magazine, and Ampersand Live, the event, allow you to armchair travel through Washington and see how people and place matter—from our wildest lands to our densest communities.

    Ampersand

  • Seed & Feed: Forterra speaker series

    Our quarterly speaker series takes big issues impacting the whole planet as well as regional issues we can’t ignore, and dissects them through the lens of our shared love for this place.

    Learn more about Seed & Feed

  • Dinner table talks

    What happens when you bring people together, break bread, sip wine and ask what their hopes are for this place? Good conversation. And a reminder that we share a lot in common. Across dinner tables throughout the region we are hearing variations on the same theme: it’s time we raise the bar on protecting our home and nurturing our quality of life.

    Learn more about the talks and read the latest Report from the Region’s Dinner Tables.

  • Community liaisons

    We work with cities and local organizations to develop bridge-building programs that connect underrepresented communities to government decision-making. In Tukwila, we worked with local partners to develop the Community Connectors Program.

  • Social media

    Tapping into the power of this ready made network, we seek to energize a dialogue about this place, how we are all in this together, and that what we do, from the small things to the big things, matters.

    Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @ForterraNW

  • Community visioning

    Forterra and partners facilitate discussions and develop practical plans for economic development in struggling communities.

    Together, with our partners, we facilitate projects that support healthy communities, including discussions on transportation and pedestrian systems, food access, community development, and more.

    Read about our work with the City of Aberdeen, Neah Bay, and Federal Way.

  • Public opinion research

    We conduct public opinion research to understand in-depth the issues facing our region and those who live here.

    We used our 2015 values research study to develop a communications guide in support with others working to sustain this region. By collectively speaking with a stronger common voice we believe we can amplify our impact. View the guide as well as the slides from the research findings presentation.

    In 2016 we reached out to young adults, ages 18-35 to find out their thoughts about livability, affordability, and sustainability in the Puget Sound Region.
    View the findings from the Livability Survey of Puget Sound Millennials.

This place is who we are. It connects us to our past. It tells our story. We depend on the land. And it's up to us to take care of it.
Phil Rigdon, Director of Natural Resources, Yakima Nation

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A Conservation Conversation

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Empower Happy Hour

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Selling Out to Stick Around?

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Forterra Statement on Confrontations at 23rd and Union

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Pristine estuary conservation increases habitat

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Community event connects people and place

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