In Recognition of Robert J. Drewelby Representative Jim McDermott
Posted on 2014-01-09
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Mr. McDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, I rise to commend Bob Drewel on the
occasion of his retirement as the Executive Director of the Puget Sound
Regional Council. Throughout his service in this capacity for most of
the last decade, as well as his long tenure as Snohomish County
Executive, Mr. Drewel demonstrated time and again his dedication to the
continued development and success of the Puget Sound region. His civic
service, by even the strictest of standards, is second to none. During
his tenure as Executive Director, Mr. Drewel built effective
partnerships among business, labor, government, and civic interests.
Most notably, he spearheaded creation of the Prosperity Partnership, a
broad coalition devoted to the advancement of long-term economic
prosperity in the central Puget Sound region, and VISION 2040, the
region's integrated growth, economic development, and transportation
strategy. It is my privilege to thank him for his years of public
service and for his unwavering commitment to the prudent growth of our
Mr. Drewel's many contributions to the Puget Sound region also include leadership to assure assembly of the Boeing 787 jet airliner in Everett, and subsequent efforts to secure development of a new Air Force Tanker and the Boeing 737 MAX family of aircraft in Renton. In addition, Mr. Drewel was the first President of the Aerospace Futures Alliance, and he is the founder and President of the Washington Aerospace Partnership. He also is a past President of the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council and the former Chairman of the Sound Transit Board that led the successful attempt to win voter approval of the Sound Transit system in 1996. A man of seemingly endless energy (and forbearance), Bob also was Chairman of the Highway 520 Tolling Implementation Committee to fund replacement of the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge, an absolutely crucial transportation link in the region. Finally, Bob served as Co-Chair of the Transportation Partnership of 2008 that advocated Washington state's largest-ever transportation improvement package, which ultimately was approved by the voters.
Bob Drewel exhibited remarkable conviction and resolute commitment to the central Puget Sound region through the many roles and positions he held during his three decades of civic service to King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. On behalf of the people of the City of Seattle and the State of Washington, I extend our gratitude and our deep appreciation to Robert J. Drewel for his extraordinary leadership and deep commitment to our region. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.