Interviews with Economic Development Professionals

Some of the best lessons learned come from others who share your passion for economic development and building local, regional and state economies. At Startup Washington, it’s our goal to bring you candid interviews with some of the nation’s movers and shakers in the profession, from those in the trenches of economic development at the local level to national rising stars. If you have a suggestion for an interview, let us know. We are always looking for new, interesting people to offer up their perspective and insights.

Stephen Dunk, Community Outreach Program Manager, Department of Commerce

Rebecca Lovell, Director, Entrepreneurship and Industry, City of Seattle

John Sechrest, Founder, Seattle Angel Conference

Karen Hanan, Executive Director of ArtsWA

Dru Garson, CEO of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.

Chris Green, Assistant Director of the Department of Commerce’s Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness

Ron Cridlebaugh, Economic Development Manager for the Port of Douglas County

Bruce Kendall, President & CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB)

Lynn Longan, Former Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Mason County

Peter Quinn, Executive Director of Team Jefferson (County)

Don Wick, Executive Director of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County

Ron Nelson, Executive Director, Island County Economic Development Council

Carl Adrian, President of the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC)

Roni Holder-Diefenbach, Executive Director of the Economic Alliance

Mike Bomar,  President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Development Council

Robin Fahle Ohlgren, Whitman County Director of Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA)

Maury Forman, Senior Manager for Rural Strategies and Entrepreneurship, Washington State Department of Commerce

Dick Larman, Executive Director, Lewis County Economic Development Council

Margie Hall, Executive Director, Lincoln County Economic Development Council

John Powers, Executive Director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

Victoria Compton, Executive Director, San Juan County Economic Development Council

Troy McClelland, President & CEO of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County

Robin Toth, Vice President  of Business Development, Greater Spokane Inc.

Dave McFadden, Director, Yakima Valley Development Association

Jeff Marcell, President of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County

Michael Cade, Executive Director, Thurston EDC

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