Commission narrows economic obstacles

March 12, 2013

In a morning workshop meeting, the Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats Commission took a long look at Issaquah’s economic development on March 5.

Led by the animated efforts of Consultant David Cunningham, from Cunningham Enterprises, the commission, along with Mayor Ava Frisinger and developer Skip Rowley, came to the conclusion that it must more clearly present Issaquah’s path into the future.

By Peter CLark John Traeger (left) and Karl Leigh (right) brainstorm notable events in the city’s history in a workshop meeting to evaluate the obstacles that lie ahead for Issaquah’s economic development, which consultant Dave Cunningham places on a group-created graph.

By Peter CLark
John Traeger (left) and Karl Leigh (right) brainstorm notable events in the city’s history in a workshop meeting to evaluate the obstacles that lie ahead for Issaquah’s economic development, which consultant Dave Cunningham places on a group-created graph.

“It is a response to the need for something other than a laissez-faire attitude to our business and our community,” said Frisinger, a strong proponent for thoughtful growth in the city. “Our prevailing sense in the past was there was not a lot of need to retain or attract business. As we became increasingly pressed by development, it became clear that in order to have a good economy, we had to be competitive.”

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