Catherine Stanford and Terry Ryan to lead Economic Development District Board

Lake Forest Park Deputy Mayor Catherine Stanford has been named President of the Economic Development District Board.  Snohomish County Councilmember Terry Ryan has been named Vice President.

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New EDD leaders: Vice President Terry Ryan and President Catherine Stanford

Stanford and Ryan will help lead the development of a new Regional Economic Strategy.

“I’m delighted to take on this leadership role at the EDD. We know times are good for many around the region with record job gains in recent years. The time is right to take stock and identify the actions needed to promote a strong economy and opportunity for all residents as we move forward,” said Stanford.

Deputy Mayor Stanford has served on the Lake Forest Park Council since 2008. Her professional background is in commercial real estate and she is owner of a Seattle-based consulting business.

Councilmember Ryan has served on the Snohomish County Council since 2013.  Prior to his election to the Snohomish County Council, he served on the Mill Creek City Council for 17 years, including four terms as mayor.

“I’m honored to be asked to help guide regional development efforts as Vice President of the EDD.  I look forward to working together to build a strong economy and a great quality of life for communities all around the region,” said Ryan.

The EDD board honored outgoing President Ed Stern, recognizing his outstanding service and contributions to local and regional economic development efforts.

The EDD board honored outgoing President Ed Stern, recognizing his outstanding service and contributions to local and regional economic development efforts.

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Catherine Stanford named VP of Economic Development Board

PSRC’s Economic Development Board has selected Lake Forest Park Councilmember Catherine Stanford to be its Vice-President.

Economic Development Board President Ed Stern, Councilmember of Poulsbo, and new Vice-President Catherine Stanford, Councilmember of Lake Forest Park.

Economic Development Board President Ed Stern, Councilmember of Poulsbo, and new Vice-President Catherine Stanford, Councilmember of Lake Forest Park.

“I am really looking forward to working on the update to the Regional Economic Strategy. Now, when the economy is doing well, is the time to get your plan in place and prepare for the future,” said Councilmember Stanford in her acceptance of the post.

At the meeting, Bruce Kendall, boardmember and President and CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, described Catherine as “A true regionalist, both in her public and private work.”

Vice-President Stanford will be helping to lead the update to the Regional Economic Strategy and the implementation of the remaining 2015 Action Items. She has been a Lake Forest Park Councilmember and PSRC Economic Development Board member for about eight years. Her professional background is in commercial real estate and she currently runs a consulting practice.

 

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Industrial lands, economic strategy review on deck for Sept 3

PSRC’s Economic Development board is set to meet on September 3 at 1 pm in the boardroom.

PSRC is doing a study to understand how important industrial land will be for the region's future.

PSRC is doing a study to understand how important industrial land will be to the region’s future.

The primary discussion topic will be the preliminary findings of PSRC’s Industrial Lands Analysis, which will assess the supply of industrial land and related planning issues.

The board is also in the process of a mid-point review of the Regional Economic Strategy to determine if any course corrections are necessary. This effort will include a discussion of potential 2015 Action Items and the development of a tracking dashboard for monitoring active strategy implementation actions.

See the full agenda here.

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Economic Development Board meets June 4

PSRC’s Economic Development District Board will meet Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 1 pm in the Boardroom at 1011 Western Ave, Suite 500, 98104.

The Regional Economic Strategy was adopted in 2012.

The Regional Economic Strategy was adopted in 2012.

The Board will discuss its midpoint review of the Regional Economic Strategy, including a look at the supporting implementation actions spanning the five year planning period for the strategy.

These actions will be updated for feasibility and ensured support for the desired outcomes of the strategy.

Other discussions will include industry cluster profiles and a round robin.

View the full agenda here.

 

 

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Economic Development Board to meet March 5

PSRC’s Economic Development District Board will meet on Wednesday, March 5 at 1 pm in the PSRC Boardroom.

The region's aerospace cluster could help the region receive the federal Manufacturing Communities designation.

The aerospace cluster could help the region receive the federal Manufacturing Communities designation.

Election of new EDD officers, ratification of the Executive Committee, and a letter support for the EDD’s Manufacturing Communities designation application are the main action items scheduled for the meeting.

The Manufacturing Communities designation will be awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as part of a federal interagency competition, which will reward 12 communities with an established strategy around a key technology or supply chain. Recipients of the designation will receive a two-year preference for future federal grants and technical assistance.

Discussion items at the meeting will include the draft supplemental budget, economic opportunity in Pierce County, and a 2014 legislative update.

The full agenda is available here.

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Economic Development District Honors Dave Gossett

The home of the region’s economic strategy said goodbye to a key leader this week, and welcomed some new faces.

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The EDD Board thanked Councilmember Dave Gossett for his outstanding leadership on economic development issues.

Snohomish County Councilman Dave Gossett leaves the helm of the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District Board, also known as the Prosperity Partnership.

Gossett has served the maximum three terms on the Snohomish County Council.

Poulsbo City Councilman Ed Stern will serve as board president.  The chair of the Seattle City Council, Sally Clark, was elected vice president.

The newest face on the board is Brian Bonlender, the Director of the state’s Department of Commerce.

Bonlender shared the latest on negotiations on a statewide transportation package between the Governor and legislative leaders.  Those negotiations are scheduled to resume this week.

A comprehensive transportation improvement package is a key action item toward implementing the regional economic strategy.

The board also voted to appoint PSRC Executive Director Bob Drewel, who is retiring at the end of this year, as board member emeritus.

For more about what happened at the meeting, check out the latest issue of EDD At Work.

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Recommendations to Advance Regional Economic Strategy

Strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in K-12 schools is on the list of legislative recommendations the Economic Development District Board will consider at its meeting on December 4.

Increasing access to cultural and education institutions like Everett's Imagine Children's Museum is the goal of the Regional Economic Strategy.

Increasing access to cultural institutions like the Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett is one of the Prosperity Partnership’s Action Items.

The legislative recommendations are tied directly to the Prosperity Partnership’s Action Items, which are approved annually and used as a work plan to advance the goals of the Regional Economic Strategy.

Specifically, the recommendation on STEM education calls for supporting the Partnership for Learning’s initiative to make Washington the first state to establish computer science education as a foundational skill in the K-12 system.

Also on the board’s agenda is a presentation on the maritime economic impact study and an industrial lands analysis update.

The EDD Board will meet on Wednesday, December 4, from 1 – 3 p.m., in the PSRC Boardroom.

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