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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Related Perspectives and News
High-flying companies are fueling a red-hot economy around Puget Sound bringing more than a thousand new people each week, intensifying trends of gentrification and displacement. That’s why Forterra is bringing our nearly 30 years of expertise negotiating land transactions in wilderness and farms to our cities. Whether it’s open spaces for nature and play, or affordable homes and vibrant, diverse communities, it all begins with land.
We held our 4th Ampersand LIVE last fall at the Moore Theater, with 1200 totally engaged guests. I mean totally engaged. Those on stage told stories, showed pictures, played music and danced. Some of the performances embraced us and some starkly challenged us. It summed to a cross-section of the many voices of our Pacific Northwest. The 90 minutes covered the worries of this place, the hopes of this place and the changes we need to make in this place to be all it can—a sustaining community for everyone here already, and for those yet to come.
Across the Puget Sound this fall, more than 2,200 volunteers converged at area parks and green spaces to celebrate Green City Days. Now boasting nine cities in the Green City Partnerships, these annual event connects community members across all age, ethnic and economic backgrounds for a common goal: helping to keep our forested parks and green spaces environmentally healthy.
Ampersand LIVE was an incredible evening. From Jehan’s incredulous retelling of the time she ran from lightning towards the jaws of a Grizzly bear, to Paul’s intimate war portraits of iconic creatures threatened by climate change, to Jade’s heartrending dance, to Okanomode’s high notes, to Bill’s recipe for “goo,” there were so many unforgettable and thought-provoking moments—all punctuated by gorgeous harmonies from The Westerlies. It was a night filled with gratitude, amazement, love and hope for our Pacific Northwest.
Kitsap County has purchased 535 acres of forestland and 1.5 miles of shoreline on Port Gamble Bay for permanent conservation.…