3 business groups join to create Economic Alliance Snohomish County

  • By Mike Benbow Herald Writer
  • Monday, April 4, 2011 2:32pm
  • Business

EVERETT — The merger of three major business groups will be called Economic Alliance Snohomish County, CEO and President Troy McCelland said Monday.

Coming up with the right name was one of the major first jobs for the organization, a merger of the Everett Area and South Snohomish County cha

mbers of commerce and the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County.

The group is also focused on establishing its key goals and setting up an effective organizational structure.

“We’ve got our track shoes on and have been doing a full sprint for the last two months,” McCelland said. “There is a lot of work involved in creating the dynamic, regional organization that we plan to become.”

He said the new name involved detailed information from members and a variety of groups.

The idea of merging the groups was developed last year in what was called Project Concentrus. The intention was to create a single organization that could promote the county as a good location to do business and be a more powerful business advocate.

McClelland, a former Fluke Corp. executive, was hired two months ago to lead the new organization.

Since then, he’s had a number of business groups working on projects, including which activities from the three founding groups should be continued and which issues should be the main focus for the group now.

He promised the organization will use continuous improvement to strengthen its partnerships, create new ones to pursue its goals, and seek feedback to measure its success.

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