The city of Enumclaw announced on its website on June 29 that an Economic Development Task Force has been assembled to examine and propose answers for problems currently plaguing the local business community.
City Administrator Mike Thomas, in several City Council meetings beginning in late spring, had also alluded to this task force.
The release from the city can be viewed here and we've also made the copy available below:
Prompted by a stagnant local economy, Mayor Liz Reynolds recently appointed owners and representatives of a cross section of local businesses to an Economic Development Task Force. "In these economic times, we must all come together and work cooperatively toward the betterment of the community," said Mayor Liz Reynolds. "I'm excited to see what the Task Force will recommend. "
The recently appointed Task Force is up and running and will continue to meet periodically throughout the remainder of the year to define issues facing the city's business community and to propose solutions to them. The outcome of the Task Force's process will be an Economic Development Action Plan that will guide both public and private actions, all for the purpose of making the local economy more robust and diversified.
The Task Force, in an effort to gather information, recently interviewed a number of community stakeholders to solicit from them their perceptions regarding opportunities and challenges unique to Enumclaw.
The Task Force expects to conclude its work prior to year end.
Task Force membership includes: Edward Hector (Party Pail), Charles Bender (Skynet), Jeff Schweter (Rainier Bar & Grill), Diane Abramson (Works Sports & Outdoors), Dean Weyer (Helac, Inc.), Linda Kleppe-Olson (retired CEO White River Credit Union), Kelvin Schipper (Chamber of Commerce), Shawn Christianson (Mutual of Enumclaw), and Shelly Priccio (St. Elizabeth Hospital).
More information about the Task Force and its process and activities will soon be posted to the city's website. Contact: Mike Thomas, City Administrator, email@example.com