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Record Group 4000
Office of Intergovernmental Relations

The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) was established in the Executive Department in 1971 to act as the City's liaison with other cities and governmental agencies. In 1973, the IGA was moved to the Office of Executive Policy, and in 1975 was incorporated into the Office of Policy Planning. The Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR) became an independent agency in 1979, and absorbed the former Office of International Affairs in 1992. OIR represents and promotes the interests of the City of Seattle with federal, state, regional, local, tribal and international governments. OIR is the City's lobbyist during the State's legislative sessions.

Director's Records

1.6 cubic feet

Correspondence, memoranda, reports, staff analysis, agreements, and other materials related primarily to job training and jobs creation. The records document OIR's interactions with the United States Department of Labor, the local Private Industry Council, and the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center. A large volume of the records related to the Job Training Partnership Act, the federal program that replaced the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).

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Departmental Publications

0.2 cubic foot

Publications produced by the office, including several newsletters reporting on legislation in Olympia that had implications for Seattle.

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Regional Governance Records

1973-1997 (bulk)
3.0 cubic feet

Correspondence, memos, reports, and other records relating to regional planning and issues of concern across the area. The majority of the materials relate to King County and/or Metro, covering issues such as transit service, review of the King County Charter, and the merger of the two bodies. Other topics include water issues, pollution, relationships with and funding from the federal government, and the Puget Sound Council of Governments.

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Regional Planning Reference Files

1.0 cubic foot

Reports, studies, policies, issues notebooks, and correspondence relating to various aspects of regional governmental planning. Includes material on population and regional growth, transportation, governmental reorganization, and federal assistance to local government.

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Seattle-King County Private Industry Council Minutes

0.8 cubic foot

The Seattle-King County Private Industry Council (PIC) focused on economic development and employment in the Puget Sound area. Its board was made up primarily of private sector business leaders, with a separate Joint Executive Board (JEB) comprised of local elected officials, including the mayor and a city councilmember from Seattle. In 2000, PIC was replaced by the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council. The records include minutes from the PIC Board, the JEB, and several committees. The JEB minutes also include memos from OIR staff to the Seattle elected officials on the board outlining upcoming agendas and providing background information on agenda items.

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Sister Cities Records

2.8 cubic feet

Correspondence, reports, clippings, and other records relating to Seattle's sister cities. Records include correspondence both with officials in the sister cities and with local sister city organizations. A large portion of the series is comprised of records relating to Chongqing, including information on various exchange programs and trips by both Seattle and Chongqing officials. Records are arranged by city.

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International Relations Records

0.8 cubic foot

Correspondence, reports, memos, and other records relating to relations with other countries, international visitors to Seattle, foreign officials and consular corps, immigration, and trade. Includes correspondence with several local and regional organizations concerned with international trade and relations.

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Solid Waste Regional Management Plan

0.6 cubic foot

Correspondence, reports, and legislation relating to regional planning for solid waste disposal. Includes material from the Solid Waste Regional Management Board.


King-Snohomish Manpower Consortium Records

4.0 cubic feet

Correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, and reports relating to KSMC, the region's CETA coordinating agency. Included in the records are minutes of the KSMC executive board for 1979-1983.

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Sister City trip to Chongqing, Video "A Billion People"

1 item

Trip to sister City Chongqing narrated by Virginia McDermitt and produced by Lucy Ostrander, c. KCTS/9.