Hoteliers in the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila proposed the creation of a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA).
The Interlocal Agreement (ILA) between the Cites of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines to establish a single legislative authority for the proposed TPA was signed by all three cities. The ILA also sets the stage to create a public development authority to oversee the management of these new funds. Here is the story of the process of the Seattle Southside TPA creation.
City of SeaTac:
Agenda Bill #3525; Resolution #14-007 authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement with the cities of Des Moines and Tukwila for establishment of a Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) was passed March 25, 2014.
City of Tukwila:
On April 7, 2014, the Tukwila City Council unanimously authorized the Mayor sign an Interlocal Agreement with the cities of SeaTac and Des Moines relating to the creation of a the Tourism Promotion Area.
City of Des Moines:
On April 24, 2014, City of Des Moines voted unanimously to adopt Draft Resolution No. 14-085 authorizing the City Manager to execute an Interlocal Agreement for the establishment of a Tourism Promotion Area within the boundaries of the Cities of SeaTac, Des Moines and Tukwila.
Qualified hoteliers representing properties with 90 or more rooms were invited to attend a TPA informational meeting: Friday, April 11, 2014
On August 7, 2014, hoteliers delivered a petition to the City of SeaTac to begin the formation process. The petition, along with the Resolution of Intent to form a TPA and the TPA Establishing Ordinance was presented to the SeaTac City Council on September 9, 2014
At the same meeting, an Ordinance creating a Public Development Authority (PDA) was presented to the SeaTac City Council. Funds generated by the TPA will be administrated by the PDA and will be used to support tourism promotion.
At the September 23rd SeaTac City Council Study Session two ordinances establishing the TPA and authorizing the creation of the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (SSRTA) were presented for discussion.
At the subsequent Regular Council Meeting, the Council approved a Resolution providing notice of their intent to establish a TPA and the SSRTA that will manage the funds. A date was also selected to conduct a Public Hearing.
SeaTac City Council members voted October 14, 2014 to establish the Seattle Southside Tourism Promotion Area (TPA) and charter the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (SSRTA), a public corporation and separate legal entity which will manage increased funding and tourism promotion activities for the cities of Des Moines, SeaTac and Tukwila. The boundaries of the three cities make up the Tourism Promotion Area (TPA).
Read the announcement here.