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Links to Opportunity Project

The Links to Opportunity Project was initiated in 2016 to actively engage the community in designing streetscape improvements along Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link Extension route (see Graphic 1 below).  The scope of these improvements include sidewalks, lighting, street furniture, wayfinding signage, trees, and landscaping (see Graphic 2).  The resulting streetscape design will enable safe access for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

The Links to Opportunity project will also work with a consultant to identify strategies to connect Hilltop residents with workforce development and economic empowerment opportunities provided by the increase in number of construction jobs in the region, including those related to the Tacoma Link Extension Construction. For more information about the Equity and Empowerment Initiative, please contact Monica Ghosh at



Links to Opportunity Project Office

Visit the project office at 1120 South 11th St. (directions) to find out more about the Links to Opportunity project and to talk with project staff.  The office is open: 

  • Monday, 9 AM - 2 PM
  • Tuesday, 9 AM - 4 PM
  • Wednesday, 9 AM - 1 PM
  • Thursday, 9 AM - 1 PM and 2 PM - 6 PM
  • Friday, 9 AM - 2 PM

You may also contact Andy Micklow, AICP, Senior Planner, at amicklow@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 318-5626 with questions or comments about the project.  Additional project staff are listed in the Project Staff section below.  


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Graphic 1: Links to Opportunity Streetscape Project Location      Graphic 2: Links to Opportunity Project Scope 



Project Funding

The project is funded by a $2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s pilot program for transit-oriented development.  The City of Tacoma provided a $500,000 match, bringing the project budget total to $2.5 million. The project is funded through August 2018. 

Hilltop Engagement Committee 

The Hilltop Engagement Committee (HEC) was established by the City Council, per Resolution No. 39527 which was adopted on August 23, 2016 to provide an opportunity for residents, organizations and businesses to share their expertise and provide input, recommendations and feedback for the Links to Opportunity Program.  The HEC weighs in on project goals and deliverables in the context of the City of Tacoma’s 2025 Strategic Plan, Equity and Empowerment Initiative, Hilltop and North Downtown Subarea Plans, Transportation Master Plan, and Complete Streets Design Guidelines. 


HEC Members: 

  • Ron Langrell, Bates Technical College
  • Anthony Powell, Central Neighborhood Council
  • Brendan Nelson, Hilltop Action Coalition
  • Denny Faker, New Tacoma Neighborhood Council
  • Brittani Flowers, Tacoma Housing Authority
  • William Towey, Tacoma Urban League
  • Hally Bert, At-Large
  • Kiara Daniels, At-Large
  • Ashley Lipford, At-Large
  • Anthony Steele, At-Large
  • Lawrence White, At-Large
  • Audra Hudson, At-Large

HEC Meeting Agendas and Notes:

The HEC meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 PM in the Clyde Hupp Board Room at Bates Technical College.  Posted below are the meeting notes.  For more information, contact Monica Ghosh at monica.ghosh@cityoftacoma.org

Grassroots Outreach Reports

From July to October 2017, three organizations – Downtown on the Go, Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition, and Tacoma Housing Authority – engaged in grassroots outreach with the Hilltop community.  Downtown on the Go captured input from corridor users through pop-up placemaking, tactical urbanism, temporary traffic calming efforts, and speak up trainings.  Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition (HAC) engaged the community through the HAC neighborhood leader network, community meetings, and social media.  And the Tacoma Housing Authority held four focus group meetings targeted at specific interest groups.  Full reports will be available by December 31, 2017. 


Technical Assistance

The Federal Transit Administration and the nonprofit organization Smart Growth America together awarded the Links to Opportunity project technical assistance of consulting expertise in economic development, housing, and transit-oriented development.  These consulting services will enhance the economic development efforts associated with the Links to Opportunity Project.  For more information on this, please contact Lauren Flemister at LFlemister@cityoftacoma.org.


Project  Staff

Ian Munce, J.D., AICP, Project Manager
(253) 573-2478


Andy Micklow, AICP, Senior Planner
(253) 318-5626



Monica Ghosh, Project Coordinator
(253) 348-9694


Diane Sheesley, P.E., Project Engineer
(253) 591-5358