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Economic Development Commission

Economic Development Commission

About the Economic Development Commission

The Economic Development Commission (the Commission) was created by the Mayor and the Seattle City Council in 2013 to examine Seattle’s ability to compete in the global economy of the 21st century.  Members of the Commission represent a cross section of business, industry and higher education to advise the Mayor and City Council on the development of plans, policies, regulations, and strategies that have substantial impact on creating and maintaining an innovative economy that is resilient, sustainable, and equitable.

The Commission is comprised of 15 members, and all commissioners serve a one-year term.

View a short video that gives an overview of the vision of the Economic Development Commission:


Reports

Read the Executive Summary of the Commission's Inaugural Year Report (April 2014)

Read the full Inaugural Year Report (April 2014)


Mission and Initial Charge of the Commission

The ultimate goal of this body is to help the City of Seattle develop and advance a vision for Seattle’s economic development that nurtures a policy and regulatory environment that encourages innovation and supports business formation and growth, retention, and expansion.

The Commission will examine existing economic development strategies developed by the city and regional partners, seek additional information if necessary, and examine Seattle’s ability to compete in the global economy of the 21st century in terms of innovation, human capital, regulatory process improvement and measuring success.

The initial charge of the Commission will be to produce and present a report to the Executive and the Council outlining findings and measures that could be implemented to support business innovation and prepare our workforce to meet the needs of our economy. Recommendations shall address, but not be limited to:

  1. Support for innovation: Seattle possesses rich concentrations of knowledge in a number of key economic sectors that provide a strong foundation for new ideas and growth.
  2. Development of a skilled and excellent workforce: Our residents deserve an opportunity to achieve their full potential and increase the required skills to meet the needs of our economy and share in our prosperity.
  3. Regulatory process improvement: The City can play an important role in helping businesses thrive and grow by removing unnecessary hurdles.
  4. Establishment of economic benchmarks: The City will stay focused and make necessary course corrections by measuring and reporting on our progress.

Members

Click here to meet the Commission members.

Meeting Schedule

The Mayor and City Council officially appointed Commissioners in March, 2013 and the Economic Development Commission has not established a regular meeting schedule. Special meetings of the Commission will be announced as they are scheduled.

Special Meeting: 8th Economic Development Commission Meeting 
Tuesday, September 30th - 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 
Location: The Nexus Hotel, Cascade Ballroom – 2140 N Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98133
This meeting is open to the public. Due to space considerations, people interested in observing are encouraged to RSVP by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30th to Michael McVicker at 206-233-3868 or michael.mcvicker@seattle.gov.

Special Meeting: 7th Economic Development Commission Meeting
Tuesday, June 24th - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
Location: Seattle Impact HUB 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
This meeting is open to the public. Due to space considerations, people interested in observing are encouraged to RSVP by 12 noon on Tuesday, June 24th to Danielle Hursh at 206-733-9254 or danielle.hursh@seattle.gov Special Meeting: 6th Economic Development Commission Meeting
Monday, April 28th 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
Location: Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association 1551 Eastlake Ave E, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98102 Special Meeting: 5th Economic Development Commission Meeting
Monday, February 24th - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience - 719 S King St, Seattle
Special Meeting: 4th Economic Development Commission Meeting
Thursday, November 7th - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm
Location: Seattle Labor Temple - 2800 1st Avenue, Room 208

Special Meeting: 3rd Economic Development Commission Meeting
Thursday, September 5th - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Port of Seattle Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Room 2D East

Special Meeting: 2nd Economic Development Commission Meeting
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Meeting Materials:

Special Meeting: 1st Economic Development Commission Meeting
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Meeting Materials:

Resources

View Economic Development Data and Resources