By Pam Pruitt, Snohomish County Legislative aide.
Snohomish County Council Vice-Chair Terry Ryan, was unanimously elected President of the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) Economic Development Board at a recent meeting. Pierce County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg was named Vice President.
The regional Economic Development Board is the federally designated economic development district for the central Puget Sound region covering King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
Its members include representatives from private business, local governments, tribes and trade organizations.
The region’s economic development strategy is produced at PSRC. It identifies the leading drivers of the region’s economy and the near-term actions that will sustain job growth and global competitiveness.
“We’re grateful for Councilmember Ryan’s leadership on economic development throughout the region,” said Josh Brown, Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council.
“We’re partnering to secure development and the next generation Boeing jet, to boost the region’s developing space sector and grow good jobs throughout the region. These are exciting times.”
Ryan also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, PSRC Executive, Transportation and Growth Management Boards and the Community Transit Board of Directors. His term as president will run through the 2018 – 2019 biennium.
“I am very honored by the appointment,” said Ryan. “I look forward to working with regional leaders to bring more companies and jobs to Snohomish County and the Puget Sound area.”
Pierce County Councilmember Connie Ladenburg was named Vice President. Ladenburg has been an active member of the Economic Development Board and helped shape the development of the new regional economic strategy, Amazing Place.
Prior to being elected to the Pierce County Council, Ladenburg served two terms on the Tacoma City Council and was a state representative for the 29th Legislative District from 2011-13.