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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Nickels nominates Susan Shannon as Office of Economic Development Director

12/13/2006  1:30:00 PM

Mayor Nickels nominates Susan Shannon as
Office of Economic Development Director

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels announced today his nomination of Susan Shannon as director of the city’s Office of Economic Development (OED). Shannon brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of spurring investment, opportunities and job growth in a major urban center.

"Susan Shannon will work hard to meet my goal to create jobs and economic opportunity for everyone in Seattle," Nickels said. "Shannon has the know-how and commitment to make Seattle an even better place to do business."

Nickels selected Shannon after an extensive nationwide search. The previous director, Jill Nishi, left the city last year.

Shannon brings extensive leadership experience in economic development. For 10 years, she has served as the director of Economic Development for the city of Grand Rapids, Mich.

In Grand Rapids, Shannon negotiated more than 50 development agreements with businesses and developers. She initiated and served as executive director to the Smartzone Authority, a tax increment financing program aimed at building a science and technology economic base for the region. And Shannon successfully established a Renaissance Zone and Brownfield Redevelopment Program, which generated more than

$7.5 million of investment in contaminated and underutilized commercial and industrial property and created 6,250 new jobs.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve the great city of Seattle,” Shannon said. “This community is a model around the country for cultivating economic growth while supporting its values of environmental sustainability and shared prosperity for all. I look forward to working with the mayor and his team to ensure continued success.”

Seattle's OED provides business assistance and community and work force development services to businesses, community organizations and residents. Its goal is to promote a strong economy, thriving neighborhoods and broadly shared prosperity.

Shannon’s appointment is subject to approval by the Seattle City Council

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