10a. Memo

SKCCIF 2023 Commission Authorization

AGENDA MEMORANDUM         Item No.                       10a 
ACTION ITEM                 Date of Meeting               September 13, 2022 

DATE:     August 23, 2022 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Bookda Gheisar, Senior Director – Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
Pearse Edwards, Senior Director, External Relations 
Andy Gregory, Sr. Program Manager, Environmental Engagement 
Guadalupe Torres, Community Investments Project Manager 
Ilays Aden, Program Coordinator, Environmental Engagement 
SUBJECT:  Request for Authorization for the Executive Director to Execute Contracts for the
2022/2023 South King County Community Impact Fund (SKCCIF) Not-to-Exceed
$3.25 M. 
Amount of this request:                       $3,250,000.00 
Total requested project cost:                   $3,250,000.00 

Request Commission to authorize  to  the Executive Director to execute contracts  for the
2022/2023 South King County Community Impact Fund (SKCCIF) not to exceed $3.25 M. 
In 2018 the Port Commission authorized $10 million over five years to be allocated to support
building equity-based partnerships with near airport communities. In 2020, the Port launched
the South King County Fund (now  SKCCIF) to support three primary programs-Economic
Recovery, Environmental Grants, and WMBE Small Business support through existing contracts
and Inter-Local Agreements. 
In  2021,  staff  received  Commission authorization  for funding not-to-exceed  $2.0  million
to implement the SKCF program. However, due to the high quality of applicants for the last
funding cycle, and due to the addition of multi-year funding, staff requested and received an
additional $2 Million to support multi-year funding requests bringing the total for Cycle II up to
$4 Million.

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Additionally, in 2021 staff requested $400,000 to support Community Capacity Building in South
King County. This funding was approved, and staff are currently in the process of onboarding
South King County-based firm Siliana Consulting  (https://www.silianaconsultingllc.com/)  to
carry out this critical work. Siliana will continue the community liaison program, conduct
workshops to support community-based organizations (CBOs), and support media and outreach
opportunities for the SKCCIF. 
In Cycle Three, set to kick off on September 15, 2022, and funding projects that will begin in
2023, staff are requesting a total of $3.25 Million to be divided as follows: 
• $2.5 million for Economic Recovery 
• $500,000 for Environmental Grants 
• $250,000 for WMBE Support Programs 
This request will support the third and final cycle of multi-year funding for these programs.
Order no. 2021-12 authorized the Executive Director to conduct an evaluation and develop
recommendations for the future re-authorization of the program before the end of the
program. This evaluation will be completed by May 2023, nearly a year ahead of schedule. This
reflects the program success of distributing financial support to communities in most need of
economic recovery from COVID-19 and reflects the success of and demand for multi-year
funding which increases the over-all sustainability of the Port’s investments. Staff will be
onboarding a consultant to conduct this evaluation in Q4 of 2022 with the goal of completing
the evaluation by May of 2023. The scope of work for this contract will include the following
• Program profile and evaluation assessment 
• Outreach and analysis 
• Draft and final reports 
• Implementation of recommendations 
From this work the following deliverables will be produced: 
• A theory of change for the Fund and qualitative and quantitative metrics to be tracked 
• Collect objective data from surveys, interviews, and focus groups 
• Draft and Final Report to include: 
o  Assessment of economic and community impacts 
o  Recommendations for how impacts can be shared broadly 
o  Recommendations for the next phase of funding 
• Prioritized list of implementation recommendations 
• Support SKCCIF team in implementing recommendations 

Staff  have tracked  on several  output  metrics  to  date.  These  metrics,  combined  with  a
qualitative narrative paint an emerging picture of the impact the SKCCIF has had and continues
to have on near-airport communities. It should be noted that many of the projects funded in
Cycle II, including ALL of the Economic Recovery contracts are multi-year projects and while

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they are currently in process, the Port will likely not see final outputs and outcomes from these
projects until 2025. This is compounded by the nature of the work which tracks placement and
success especially in training and workforce development programs such as pre-apprenticeship
programs for the long term. 

For the Environmental Grants Program, 11 of the 14 funded projects from Cycle 1 have been
managed to completion. Of the funded projects, six were BIPOC-Led organizations, 654 trees
were planted, 2,935 volunteer hours logged, and 3,176 education and training hours
catalogued. Additionally, for the current Cycle II projects and the remaining cycles moving
forward, Port staff will closely coordinate key environmental metrics with Port environmental
staff,  including  invasive  species  removal, number  of  trees  planted,  and  number  of  acres
restored. This will provide key community data to support the overall impacts of Port Land
Stewardship activities in near-Port communities. 

This request is for already budgeted funds and requires no additional funding allocation. 
South King County is one of the most diverse areas in King County, with over 95 languages
spoken by families in the Highline school district alone. These communities are vulnerable
because of a myriad of existing structural and social inequities that disproportionately impact
many populations across this area: people of color, women, immigrants, and people with low
incomes. These community members have long dealt with issues that challenge their wellbeing
, from poorer health outcomes to lack of access to educational  attainment and,
consequently, higher-paying jobs. 
The projects that are funded through the SKCCIF support Port Century Agenda Goals: 
• Goal 3: Responsibly Invest in the Economic Growth of the Region and all its
o  Objective 6: Increase career and business opportunities for local communities in
all port-related industries. 
o  Objective  7:  Advance  maritime  industries  through  innovation,  strategic
investment and capable management of Port facilities 
• Goal 4: Be the greenest and most energy-efficient port in North America. 
o  Objective 11: Reduce air pollutants and carbon emissions 
o  Objective 12: Restore, create, and enhance 40 additional acres of habitat in the
Green/Duwamish habitat 
• Goal 5: Become a Model for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
o  Objective 13: Increase utilization of WMBE and DBE firms and eliminate
disparity of access to opportunities 
o  Objective 14: Ensure that all internal and external programs, structures and
practices provide equitable opportunities for all 

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o  Objective  15:  Advance  regional  workforce  development  in  port-related
industries to provide equitable access to quality careers 
This request supports the Port’s vision of a diverse and inclusive workforce now and in the
future, with representatives from nearby airport communities participating in the economic
development of the region. 
• Supports continued investment in near-airport cities by increasing the quantity and
quality of green spaces, building key political partnerships with city staff and elected
• If authorized, the procurement will launch September 15, 2022. Contracts should be
signed and executed by Q3 of 2023. 
Diversity in Contracting 
This procurement directly targets WMBE Small Businesses, and culturally diverse organizations 
through all three programs. Economic Development Division contracts support the Highline
Small Business Development Center, Advanced PortGen, and the Business accelerator program
all  of  which  specifically  develop  capacity  among  WMBE  firms  to  partner  with  the  Port.
Economic Recovery contracts support primarily Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-
led non-profits who provide workforce development in the Port related industries of Aviation,
Construction, Green Jobs, and Maritime. Finally, the Environmental Improvement Projects
support BIPOC-led community groups and non-profits in the six cities closest to the Airport to
conduct public improvement projects. These projects support community development, green
jobs training, and providing match funds and volunteer support to local city parks staff. 
The project will allow for the Port to continue the South King County Community Impact Fund
that reaches near airport communities impacted by COVID 19 with financial investment in
programs creating jobs for Port and Port related industries. The $3,250,000.00 investment will
include funding for three programs: 1.) Economic Recovery ($2.5M), Environmental ($500K),
and Economic Development ($250K). 
Economic Recovery Schedule 
Executive Director and Commission authorization      September 13, 2022 
Release of request for qualifications                     September 15, 2022 
Step 1 of 2 – Eligibility application due                   October 20, 2022 
Step 2 of 2 – Full RFP submissions due                  December 2022 
Signing of service agreements                          Q2 - Q3, 2023 

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Environmental Grants Schedule 
Executive Director and Commission authorization      September 13, 2022 
Applications open                                     September 15, 2022 
Applications close                                       October 28, 2022 
Signing of service agreements                          Q2 2023 
Cost Breakdown                                     This Request           Total Project 
Economic Recovery                                    $2,500,000            $2,500,000 
Environmental                                           $500,000              $500,000 
Economic Development                                $250,000             $250,000 
Total                                                         $3,250,000              $3,250,000 
The Port of Seattle South King County Fund program funding source is tax levy. The program is
still anticipated for five years for $10 million in resources for near-airport communities, and this
increased authorization does not increase the total budget for the program; rather, it simply
allows staff to commit multi-year resources to deserving applicants. 
(1)   Presentation slides 
1)  November 16, 2021- Order 2021-12 to rename the South King County fund and to direct
the Executive Director to review the Port’s South King County Fund grant program prior
to  the  end  of  the  program  to  assess  the  programs  impacts;  to  develop
recommendations on the future of the program and possible extension. 
2)  November 9, 2021- Multi-year program authorization increase request for the South
King County Fund 
3)  July 27, 2021 – The Commission authorized $2 million for the South King County Fund
for 2021. 
4)  April  28,  2020  –  The  Commission  approved  Motion  2020-10  to  add  economic
development to the permissible uses for the South King County Fund, in support of local
recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 
5)  June 25, 2019 – The Commission approved Motion 2019-10, adopting principals to guide
outreach and development of the South King County policy. 

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6)  November 27, 2018 – The Commission approved Motion 2018-14, establishing the
South King County Fund. 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).


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