Councilman Nehring's September Newsletter

Snohomish County Newsdesk of Nate Nehring

Dear North County Neighbors,

I am very excited about some of the projects and events that we worked on in North County during the month of August. In this month’s newsletter, I will cover our trade school and pre-apprenticeship efforts, the bi-partisan needle clean up event, the PUD Microgrid Groundbreaking, and the Evergreen State Fair.

In May, a stakeholder group of labor and industry leaders as well as education and elected officials convened to discuss the opportunities for a trade school in North Snohomish County. Over 40 stakeholders met to lay the groundwork for what would become our proposal for a Regional Apprenticeship Pathways program. This program will allow high school students to participate in training for a career in the construction trades and a pre-apprenticeship program. Through a partnership with local schools, Everett Community College, and labor partners, students who complete this program will have the opportunity to graduate high school with their diploma, college credentials, and a completed pre-apprenticeship to give them preferred entry into an apprenticeship immediately after high school.

Earlier this week, the stakeholder group reconvened to present our proposal to Governor Inslee’s office and request funding in the state’s budget to move this program forward. The meeting went great and we will continue to work with the Governor’s staff to refine the proposal with hopes of having it included in the Governor’s proposed budget. As we move forward, I will share more information about where we are and how you can help get this important program off of the ground. I joined other leaders in Snohomish County to pen an op-ed in the Everett Herald about the need for a program like this. You can read it here.

As you know, the heroin and opioid epidemic has been one of my main focuses on the Snohomish County Council. We have been taking important steps to address this crisis with many partners throughout the region. In an effort to highlight the bi-partisan nature of this issue, I worked with Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright to host a needle clean up event in Smokey Point with officials from both the Republican and Democrat parties in Snohomish County. On August 4th, over 20 volunteers joined us to safely collect and dispose of discarded needles in public spaces. I appreciate all of the volunteers, Mayor Barb Tolbert, and the Arlington Police Department for their help in making this event a success. As we continue to work to keep our neighborhoods safe, it is important to remember that all of us, regardless of our political affiliation, can work together toward meaningful solutions.

King 5 News covered the clean-up here and the Arlington Times covered it here.

On Monday, August 20th, I joined the Snohomish County PUD, other elected officials, and community partners at the site of the new Arlington Microgrid Project for an official groundbreaking. The Microgrid site will host solar panels serving multiple purposes. During regular operation, the panels will contribute to the PUD’s network at large. During emergencies, the power stored on site will be able to be used to keep the PUD and other agencies powered to assist with restoration and recovery efforts. The site is expected to become functional in 2020 and I am excited to see the ongoing innovation coming from the PUD and its partners in the future. You can find the Everett Herald’s coverage at this link

Every year, the Evergreen State Fair brings tens of thousands of visitors to Snohomish County to see the displays of agriculture, eat fair food, and enjoy the rides and entertainment. On August 23rd, we kicked off the 2018 Evergreen State Fair. I attended the ribbon cutting at the main tunnels as well as the opening ceremonies on the main stage. This year’s opening day was named in honor of Jim Donner. Jim was a friend and mentor to many in Snohomish County and contributed significantly to many projects and issues over his 79 years with us. Jim’s widow, Geri, and his kids and grandkids joined us for the opening ceremonies. I am thrilled that we were able to honor Jim in this way and that his family could join us for the festivities. The fair ended yesterday, on Labor Day.  I hope you and your family had an opportunity to visit all that the fair had to offer.

I send out newsletters on a monthly basis to keep you informed about what I am working on and how I am representing the residents of North Snohomish County on the County Council. Please feel free to reach out to me at 425-388-3494 or


Nate Nehring
Councilman, District 1


Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Russell Wiita, Legislative Aide