EVERETT — Terrie Battuello, in charge of real estate and economic development at the Port of Everett since 2013, will step down to become the vice president of economic development at Economic Alliance Snohomish County.
Battuello will join Economic Alliance on June 1.
Battuello’s knowledge of the regional economy and established network makes her the ideal candidate for the role, which is a new position, Economic Alliance said in a statement.
Non-profit Economic Alliance Snohomish County serves as a development organization and a countywide chamber of commerce. The public-private partnership aims to boost job and economic growth by bringing the business community, leaders and workforce groups to the table.
Key to her new role will be helping the region recover from the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes recruiting new companies to the area, Battuello said.
“I am so proud of the work we have done at the Port of Everett, which is evidenced by all its growth and prosperity,” Battuello said. “With all our landholdings accounted for, and a long climb out of the pandemic ahead, I felt I could best serve the port and Snohomish County as a whole in a broader economic development role.”
Her experience includes managing 3,300 acres of port property and some 45 commercial leases.
Battuello played a key role in negotiating land acquisitions and sales for the port, including the redevelopment of Riverside Business Park, an 85-acre industrial development that supports 700 jobs, and Waterfront Place Central, a 1.5-million-square-foot public-private development that combines retail, housing and office space at the waterfront.
For the past three years, Battuello has also served as port-city liaison to the Cascade Industrial Center, a 4,000-acre industrially zoned area that spans portions of Marysville and Arlington.
”We are pleased to add Terrie to the Economic Alliance team,” said Garry Clark, the group’s new president and CEO. Clark took the helm in February.
“Our core focus is to provide exemplary assistance to our existing businesses, while working closely with our county and regional partners to attract new business and promoting the future of Snohomish County,” Clark said. “Terrie brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, coupled with a clear understanding of regional collaboration.”
Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said Battuello was hired eight years ago on the “cusp of many exciting developments for the port, ranging from mixed-use and light industrial developments to maritime expansion.”
“There was no better person for the job,” Lefeber said. “Terrie has been a tremendous asset to our team and the region as a whole. While we are sad to see her go, as a strong partner to Economic Alliance we know her skill set and recruitment efforts will allow us to continue to grow and will benefit the entire region.”
Battuello has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, statistics and accounting from City University of Bellevue.
Before joining the port, Battuello worked on community redevelopment efforts in Bremerton and the City of Bothell.
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