INTRODUCING THE SEATTLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
In 2013, the City of Seattle brought together leaders from a variety of sectors to shape the Seattle’s Economic Development Commission (EDC). The Commission’s primary purpose is to provide expertise outside government from industry, labor, civic, and education leaders to inform the City’s economic decision-making and help in the execution of major initiatives essential to the achievement of a long-term economic development agenda. The work of the EDC serves to advise the Mayor, the City Council, and the community on the development of plans, policies, regulations, and strategies that have substantial impact on creating and maintaining an economy in Seattle that is resilient, sustainable, and equitable. This new Commission was established in December 2011 and officially empaneled in March 2013.
The initial charge of the Commission was to establish a strong vision that advances the economic vitality in Seattle, encouraging innovation and supporting business formation, retention, and expansion. Of particular concern was attention to the role of the City of Seattle and outcomes of shared prosperity, economic diversity, and next generation infrastructure. The EDC is intended to bridge the work of the City of Seattle with the efforts and commitment of the private and larger civic sector.