Fresh Bucks

Client: City of Seattle Facilitate a planning workshop for the Office of Sustainability and Environment to develop a vision for the Fresh Bucks program, and identify and evaluate potential long-term, sustainable funding options. Fresh Bucks aims to make healthy food accessible to all by doubling the purchasing power of people who use their federal food stamp benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) to buy fresh produce at fa…

People

Our People The partners and staff of Cedar River Group bring extensive insight into the challenges of helping people work together and get the results they want. We understand the needs of public and private leadership and the dynamics of coalitions because each of us has served as a leader in these arenas….

Project Downloads

Project Downloads Most Popular Click for details. “Hearing from the People: Lessons at the intersection of sustainability and social justice,” AIA Forum King County Regional Transit Task Force Report and Recommendations Moving to Higher Ground: Potential Roles for Philanthropy in Helping Washington’s Communities Cope with Disasters Quiet Crisis: Age Wave Maxes Out Affordable Housing Sharing the Benefits of Building Green: A St…

Creating Strategies

Creating Strategies Getting results Powerful partnerships accomplish more when they have a powerful game plan. We help organizations build usable strategic plans, based on our nearly 30 combined years of experience in government and nonprofits, and extensive work with community groups and funders. Whether it’s helping guide biotech entrepreneurs toward opportunities or First American Nations take care of the changing needs of their people, we…

Expertise

Our approach At Cedar River Group, we bring a wide perspective and fresh focus to approaching opportunities and challenges. We listen. We make sure people are heard. We might be talking with the Governor one day, and on the next with a family struggling to live day to day below the poverty line. We help find new ways to overcome old hurdles and transform them into a pathway for success….

Tacoma – Pierce County Clean Air Task Force

Tacoma – Pierce County Clean Air Task Force Developing community-based solutions for a local challenge Challenge The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency needed to develop solutions to reduce fine particle air pollution in Tacoma-Pierce County in ways that community members would accept. In 2009 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had classified parts of Tacoma and Pierce County as a containment area for this form of air pollution. In Tacoma-…

State Early Learning Plan

State Early Learning Plan Setting a path for early learning from prenatal to 3rd grade Challenge Public and private actions in 2006 brought Washington state’s early learning programs together, through creation of the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and the public-private partnership, Thrive by Five Washington. But early learning was still fragmented and not connected to kindergarten through 12th grade schooling. In 2009 DEL and Thrive f…

Casa Latina Good Neighbor Agreement

Casa Latina Good Neighbor Agreement Overcoming siting concerns Challenge What do you do when a neighborhood doesn’t want your agency to move there? Casa Latina faced this challenge in 2007. Casa Latina provides educational and employment opportunities for immigrants in Seattle. Its day labor program dispatches workers to temporary jobs for contractors and homeowners. The program had outgrown its small location in a parking lot in Belltown,…

Metro Transit: A chance for good sense to guide service cut

Metro Transit: A chance for good sense to guide service cuts – Kathy Elias, co-chair of the Municipal League of King County, writes in Crosscut that the Regional Transit Task Force is an example of “smart, thoughtful people doing what is right.” She notes that the task force report repreesents a major shift in policy, and that all 28 members of the task force were in agreement about the new course for Metro Transit. Other news articl…

Hearing from the People

Hearing from the People: Lessons at the intersection of sustainability and social justice – American Institute of Architects Seattle’s  Fall ’09 “Forum” article by Cedar River Group partner Tom Byers and Trang Tu of Trang D. Tu Consulting describes our work in helping to develop “green” housing options for seasonal farm workers. Led by the Seattle Archdiocesan Housing Authority and Mithun Architects, the proje…