Economic Vitality Commission gives roadmap of recommendations

July 9, 2013

By Peter Clark

The Economic Vitality Commission gave the council its roadmap to committee recommendations during the June 25 Committee on the Whole meeting.

Created by the city to facilitate Economic Development Department, the commission has been tasked with evaluating different paths the department could take to increase the economic viability of Issaquah. It is staffed by volunteers from the business community, and has set out to add a perspective in the discussion of which direction the city should take as it continues to grow.

“We looked at where we wanted to take the city in the future and obstacles that would keep us from getting there,” commission Chairman Karl Leigh said. “We need to understand what we are and we need to market what we want to be.”

The commission is primarily working toward developing recommendations for the council committees, Leigh said, adding that he recognized the process as ongoing.

“We’re saying that we’re bringing this to you. We’re not saying we know about everything else that has been done,” he said. “Let us give you our perspective. We are bringing these things to you so that you can bring us to the right people as it were so we can explore and drive these positively to the ground.”

Leigh presented ideas the commission is developing for future recommendations, such as transportation improvements, community efforts and city incentives.


If you go

Economic Vitality Commission

5:30 p.m. July 17

Pickering Room

City Hall Northwest

1775 12th Ave. N.W.

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