The Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District elected officers and discussed how to involve the public in choosing a project at its first board meeting Wednesday.
The nine-member board, which has representatives from Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, will meet at 5:45 p.m. each second Wednesday at Richland City Hall.
Matt Watkins, mayor of Pasco, was chosen president, with Steve Young, Kennewick mayor, as vice president. Richland city Councilwoman Sandra Kent is secretary-treasurer.
The regional public facilities district, which is the first board of its kind in the state, was created to help the bi-county Tri-Cities region develop a project that will benefit the larger community.
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The regional board has authority to ask voters in all three cities to support a special tax that would pay for a regional project.
Don Britain, a Kennewick councilman, said he wants the board to have public participation as early as possible before decisions are made to focus on any single project or group of projects.
The board will consider adopting bylaws at its next meeting Dec. 8.