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What We Do

We help businesses succeed in Seattle and King County.

Founded in 1971, the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC) is the only public-private economic development partnership encompassing King County and its 39 cities. We provide one-on-one, confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to individual businesses seeking to establish, expand or relocate to Seattle and King County.

Our mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout King County by retaining and recruiting jobs, promoting global competitiveness, and growing strong and sustainable industry clusters. Our objective is to become the premier economic development organization in the US through a customized sector-based client services program focused on business retention, expansion, and recruitment. Most of all, we are committed to being your go-to source for economic information on Seattle and the 39 cities of King County. For personalized help, please feel free to contact us.

Here's a closer look at our Ground Game:

King County is unlike any other region in the world, bringing together visionary leaders across industries in a culture that nurtures and supports new thinking and bold ideas. At the EDC, we are passionate about this region and helping businesses make the most of the opportunities that it holds.

Economic Vitality Action Plan

In 2014, the EDC staff worked hard over the summer updating the organization’s strategic plan and developing metrics by which to gauge our performance in five key programmatic areas as well as organizational vitality. We gathered feedback from more than 400 stakeholders around King County—including EDC board members, Mayors from across the county, education, industry and labor leaders—that resulted in our 2014-2015 Strategic Plan (now known as the Economic Vitality Action Plan), which focuses on the following objectives to gauge measurable impacts in five key areas as well as organizational vitality. See our objectives below or download our DRAFT 2016-2017 Economic Vitality Action Plan here.

Curious about how we're performing? In an effort to report our progress to our investors and the public in a transparent and accountable way, we update our Performance Metrics on a quaretly basis. Click here to view our Performance Metrics.

Objective 1: Provide timely, useful and informative market intelligence to clients and stakeholders


Objective 2: Help existing employers retain and expand jobs to improve economic vitality county-wide


Objective 3: Recruit growing companies, especially those that improve regional supply chains in targeted sectors


Objective 4: Cultivate King County’s next generation of businesses and entrepreneurs


Objective 5: Strengthen key sectors to create a robust and diverse economic base


Organization Vitality: Create a “best-in-class” organization staffed by forward-thinking economic development professionals


Our Organization


suzanne-dale-estey.jpgSuzanne Dale Estey
President & CEO
Business Development for Aerospace & Defense
Financial & Business Services

steve-gerritson.jpgSteve Gerritson
Executive Vice President
Business Development for Clean Technology 

and Outdoor Recreation, Fashion & Apparel

heather-engelbrecht.jpgHeather Alexander-Engelbrecht
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Business Development for Global Trade &


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Executive Assistant

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Communications & Research Coordinator

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Business Development for Information &
Communications Technology


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Business Development for Life Sciences & Health

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Event Planning Consultant

Executive Committee

danyshterry_cropped.jpg Terry Danysh Chair
Of Counsel
Dorsey & Whitney

einstein_cropped.jpg Will Einstein - Vice Chair
Director of New Product Development
Puget Sound Energy​ 

backus_nancy_cropped.jpgMayor Nancy Backus - Treasurer
City of Auburn

hires_sessions__cropped.jpg Marlena Sessions - Secretary
President & CEO
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

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Executive Vice President
McKinstry Company

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Port of Seattle

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Vice President & Site Head
Novo Nordisk


Executive Dow Constantine
King County
(Alternate - Chris Mefford, President & CEO,
Community Attributes)


Suzanne Dale Estey (Ex-Officio)
President & CEO
Economic Development Council of Seattle &
King County


Tim Howell
SVP, PNW Market Manager - Business
JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Aric Manion
Kelley Imaging Systems


Dave McFadden
Managing Director, Economic Development Division
Port of Seattle


Ed Murray
City of Seattle
(Alternate - Brian Surratt, Director, Office of
Economic Development, City of Seattle)


Eric Pettigrew
Director of Community & Business Relations
Regence BlueShield


Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace
Deputy Mayor
City of Bellevue

Board of Directors

Tom Albro Port Commissioner Port of Seattle
David Allen Executive Vice President  McKinstry Company
Bob Aylward EVP Business Operations Seattle Mariners
Nancy Backus Mayor City of Auburn
Cary Badger Director HealthScape Advisors
Patrick Bannon President Bellevue Downtown Association
Layne Barnes Councilmember City of Maple Valley 
Jan Beck Vice President & Site Head Novo Nordisk
Marc Berger Director, Executive Communications &
China Practice
Nyhus Communications
Jeanne Burbidge Deputy Mayor City of Federal Way 
Danielle Burd EVP Commercial Region WA Umpqua Bank
Dave Carson Councilmember City of Redmond 
Executive Dow Constantine Executive King County
Jeff Crowe Regional Director, Principal BRPH
Suzette Cooke Mayor City of Kent
Suzanne Dale Estey (Ex-Officio) President & CEO Economic Development Council of Seattle &
King County 
Terry Danysh Partner Dorsey & Whitney
Maud Daudon President Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Deanna Dawson Executive Director Sound Cities Association
Linette Demers VP Commercialization Washington Biotechnology &
Biomedical Association
Will Einstein Director of New Product Development Puget Sound Energy
Anson Fatland Vice President, Economic Development Washington State University
Nicole Grant Executive Secretary ML King County Labor Council
Shelley Easter Gill Managing Partner Kinzer Partners
Jane Hague Councilmember King County
Cathi Hatch Founder & CEO ZINO Society
Randy Hodgins Vice President University of Washington
John Holman Councilmember City of Auburn
Tim Howell SVP, PNW Market Manager – Business JP Morgan Chase & Co
Kristin Jensen Vice President of Development Touchstone Corporation 
Matt Larson Mayor City of Snoqualmie
Conrad Lee Councilmember City of Bellevue
Jeff Lyon Chairman & CEO Kidder Mathews
Andrew Magill Director of Marketing,
Commercial Airplanes
The Boeing Company
Aric Manion President Kelley Imaging Systems
Dave McFadden Managing Director,
Economic Development Division
Port of Seattle
Chris Mefford ​(Alternate for Executive
Constantine. Ex-Officio)
President & CEO Community Attributes, Inc
Mayor Ed Murray Mayor City of Seattle
John Norawong Market President BBVA Compass Bank
John Nowoj VP & General Manager MA Mortenson Company
John Okamoto Councilmember City of Seattle
Megan Ouellette Managing Director, Government &
Community Relations
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
Armondo Pavone Councilmember City of Renton
Michael Pearce Director of Strategy Swedish Medical Center
Eric Pettigrew Director of Community &
Business Relations
Regence BlueShield
Bart Phillips President OneRedmond
Irene Plenefisch Government Affairs Director Microsoft
Bill Poppy Senior Vice President Virginia Mason
Jon Scholes CEO Downtown Seattle Association
Michael Schutzler CEO Washington Technology Industry Association
Marlena Sessions CEO Workforce Development Council of Seattle-
King County
Rob Smith Editor-in-Chief Puget Sound Business Journal
Brian Stading President, NW Region CenturyLink
Erik Strom Director of Gov. and Community Relations Russell Investments
Eileen Sullivan Sr. Manager, US State Public Policy Amazon
Brian Surratt (Alternate for Mayor Murray) Director, Office of Economic Development City of Seattle
Penny Sweet Deputy Mayor City of Kirkland
Mike Tibbits VP, Senior Relationship Officer Key Bank, Commercial Banking
Allan Van Ness Councilmember City of Kenmore
Jill Wakefield Chancellor Seattle Colleges
Kevin Wallace Deputy Mayor City of Bellevue
Tayloe Washburn Dean    Northeastern University

Employment & Volunteer Opportunites

The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) is currently seeking candidates for two positions on board our "small, but impactful team." We're also actively seeking volunteers to join us in presenting our 44th Annual Economic Forecast Conference. 


The EDC is currently seeking an experienced part-time bookkeeper. This is a contract opportunity, approximately 10-20 hours per month. The bookkeeper will be expected to work primarily independently but also collaborate with the “small but impactful” EDC team and our contract Controller. View the full position here.

Maritime & Logistics Business Development Manager and Director, Washington Maritime Federation

The Director of the Washington Maritime Federation will lead the statewide communications, advocacy and outreach work of the Washington Maritime Federation, which was established in 2014 to support and help strengthen the maritime industry across Washington state. The Director will also serve as the Maritime & Logistics Business Development Manager on the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC)’s business development team of industry sector experts and will work within and beyond King County in partnership with economic development partners. View the full position here.

44th Annual Economic Forecast Conference Volunteer

The Economic Forecast Conference is the EDC's signature event and the largest forecast conference in the Northwest. For over 40 years, the EDC's annual Economic Forecast Conference has helped business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future. In its 44th year, we're excited to explore "Connected Communites: The Future of the Connected Economy and Building Prosperity Across the Region." Visit the event page for more information.

As a volunteer, you'll receive complimentary admission and access to our volunteer happy hour. We're currently seeking volunteers for one or more of the following shifts:

Please contact Samantha Gotkin for more information and to become an Economic Forecast Conference Volunteer.

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