"In the late 1990s, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a nationwide program called Project Impact. The impetus for this effort was to promote public and private partnerships which would focus on pre-disaster mitigation to reduce the cost and impact of recurring natural disasters. Both King and Pierce Counties were separately awarded individual agency grants to promote disaster resistant communities in their jurisdictions. King and Pierce Counties agreed to work together beginning in 1998 on pre-disaster mitigation. This was done for two reasons: 1) Disasters do not recognize artificial jurisdictional boundaries; and 2) it was the Counties intent to engage regional businesses in partnering in mitigation activities. Subsequently the Counties formed a legal partnership via an inter-local agreement for the purposes of collectively addressing pre-disaster mitigation. In the Fall of 1998 King and Pierce Project Impact jointly hosted a meeting with approximately over 40 community representatives from the public and private sectors to solicit their input on what hazards should be addressed, and which mitigation activities would be of value to our region. The greatest interest from the group was in investigating the seismic vulnerabilities of our transportation network within the Central Puget Sound Region. Transportation was seen as being vital to our economy, impacting every facet of our individual, business and community well-being."