Town of Twisp
The Town of Twisp earned Governor Jay Inslee’s 2018 Smart Communities Award for its economic revitalization master plan.
The plan was heralded as “pioneering and a model for other jurisdictions to use,” assessing, prioritizing, and providing conceptual designs for projects that will have a significant positive impact on business and economic vitality downtown.
Following input from a robust public engagement effort, the master plan document details an infrastructure design and development strategy to revitalize and enhance business visibility, encourage economic development, and attract tourism to Twisp.
Proposed design elements – some of which have already been implemented – unify and draw attention to the central business area, encouraging highway traffic to pause, park, and walk the downtown area.
The project included improved illumination, wayfinding signage, pedestrian corridors, streetscape upgrades, and public art.
Significant gateway projects and multiple locations define the town center.
“It’s been such a great experience, the partnership we’ve had working with you (Eric Johnston) and your team. We’re really proud to have had SCJ work on this for us.
I have no doubt that the implementation of this plan will help stimulate Twisp’s economy… I believe the process provides an excellent model for any other small towns seeking economic revitalization – I know it has already provided great benefit to our community.”
Soo Ing-Moody, Mayor
Town of Twisp
“We loved getting to know so many of the citizens of Twisp during this project. The resulting plan was able to touch on so many of the different elements that make Twisp unique. We had a sense that the master plan was able to effectively weave artistic elements, economic vitality, public spaces, and both vehicle and pedestrian transportation connectivity into a very buildable plan that will really make a difference for this community.”
Eric Johnston, PE