CASCADIA CENTER MISSION
The mission of the Discovery Institute's Cascadia Center For Regional Development is to support the development of a balanced, integrated, and expanded transportation system for people and goods in central Puget Sound and the greater Cascadia region of Washington, British Columbia, and Oregon. Such a system will ensure the region's ability to facilitate trade and tourism across a secure border and expand technology and infrastructure for global competitiveness in a manner that promotes livable communities. Since 1993, the work of the Cascadia Center has focused on the United States-Canadian border, the Interstate 5 (Highway 99 in Canada) corridor, and the adjacent Northwest Rail corridor, in addition to inland corridors comprised of Highways 97 and 395 from British Columbia to Oregon.
OUR METHODOLOGY IS STRAIGHTFOWARD AND SIMPLE
- Organize locally in neighborhoods and towns.
- Think long term: 50 years versus the traditional 20-year planning horizon.
- Plan regionally along transportation corridors that unite the Cascadia region, West Coast States, the United States, and Canada.
- Finance nationally and internationally for high-speed passenger rail, freight mobility, and technology projects that require innovative financing.
- Finance innovatively for urban redesign, reduced congestion and increased transportation options.
THE PROJECT OPERATES THROUGH
- Sponsorship and facilitation of regional and cross-border forums that address common challenges.
- Partnerships with federal, state, and regional transportation agencies to improve planning and promote innovative finance, governance, and design options.
- National advocacy for Amtrak reform and high speed passenger rail as well as TEA-21 reauthorization.
- International advocacy for U.S./Canadian border improvements; "Two-Nation Vacation" tourism initiatives and strategic security investments through the International Mobility and Trade Corridors Project (IMTC), CAN/AM Border Trade Alliance; and the development of a West Coast Corridor Coalition.
- The Cascadia Center receives funding from corporations, foundations and a variety of federal and state grants. In 2003, the Center received a major ten-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its work on regional transportation.