EVERETT — The newly created economic enterprise, aligning the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce, the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County, revealed its name Monday: Economic Alliance Snohomish County.
The new group says it will be a regional leader for commerce and community development, inclusive advocacy and business services and resources.
Economic Alliance Snohomish County CEO and President Troy McClelland, who was hired two months ago to oversee and implement the transition, points out that this is one step closer to a full consolidation.
“We’ve got our track shoes on and have been doing a full sprint for the last two months,” McClelland said. “There is a lot of work involved in creating the dynamic, regional organization that we plan to become. We took the right steps in choosing the name. The process involved detailed input from our members, investors and regional stakeholders; we feel the name represents this input, our region and our customers well.”
Economic Alliance Snohomish County is the organization created as a result of Project Concentrus.
Beginning in January 2010, the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County, Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce worked with various public and private stakeholders in Snohomish County to position the county’s economic vitality for the future. Collaborating under the name Project Concentrus, the group examined a variety of different approaches to attract, create and maintain jobs in the community through strengthened economic development strategies, expanded business services and more effective advocacy of our local economic interests.
Before Economic Alliance Snohomish County can become an official entity, McClelland said both chambers’ and the Economic Development Council’s boards will have to follow their own bylaws and vote to dissolve. Assuming the dissolution votes are approved, Economic Alliance Snohomish County will file a consolidation plan with the state and incorporate once that plan is approved.
McClelland and Louise Stanton-Masten, president and CEO of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce, will give an update on the partnership from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Friday, April 8 at the Everett Golf and Country Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett.
Registration costs $30 for chamber members, $60 general admission.
Register online at tinyurl.com/SCBJeacc or call 425-257-3222, ext. 0, to register by phone or for more information.