Update: WA State Moves 520 Bridge Project Forward

Today marks an important step in fixing one of Washington State’s largest and most contentious transportation issues, the replacement of the SR 520 floating bridge.  This morning, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed several transportation bills, one of them being the funding needed to rebuild the 520 bridge.  Although getting to this point has been no easy feat and there are still some final design issues that must be sorted out, beginning work now on a safer more reliable bridge will have an immediate and positive impact on the local economy – in the form of new construction jobs.

We want to thank the community and Microsoft employees for being active and making their voices heard on this important issue.  And we applaud Governor Gregoire, the state legislature and local government leaders for taking action and moving forward with the next steps in rebuilding a vital transportation and economic corridor in the region.

To learn more: http://520bridge.posterous.com

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General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs, Microsoft

Brad Smith is Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has approximately 1,100 employees located in 55 countries. Mr. Smith is responsible for the company's legal work, its intellectual property portfolio and patent licensing business as well as its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft's corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer. Mr. Smith currently co-chairs the board of directors of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and is the chair-elect of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. In Washington state, Mr. Smith has served as chair of the Washington Roundtable, a leading Washington state-based business organization, and he has advanced several statewide education initiatives.