Why Seattle-King County?
As dedicated economic development professionals, we're committed to increasing economic vitality across King County through cluster-driven, client-focused economic development. As the only public-private economic development partnership ecompassing King County and its 39 cities, we're committed to serving companies seeking to do business here.
Contact any of us with your inquiries and we'll be happy to assist you. Click on our names to see our bios. For general business development requests, please email us here or call 206-389-8650.
Communications & Research Manager
Mark Stayton is the Communications and Research Manager for the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County.
Prior to joining the EDC, Mark coordinated media and communications for the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, (PNWER) a non-profit organization focused on improving trade and building the economy throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. In that role, Mark communicated the organization’s events and achievements to a large network of members and stakeholders, as well as to the media and general public throughout the region. He coordinated policy working groups on key industries within the Pacific Northwest economy and helped plan and execute large bi-national conferences.
For three years, Mark covered business and agriculture at the Skagit Valley Herald, a daily newspaper out of Mount Vernon, Washington. Through constant interaction with business owners, industry experts, employees and CEOs, he developed a passion for economic development and an appreciation for the hard work necessary to create and maintain local jobs.
Mark graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an economics minor from Western Washington University.
Business Development for Information &
David serves as the Information & Communications Technology Business Development Manager for the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County. A seasoned software executive and entrepreneur, David has over two decades of end-to-end IT planning, product/program management, and Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer sales/marketing experience.
Most recently, David was the founder and CEO of eVenues.com, a Seattle-based ecommerce business and winner of the 2010 Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley. In 2005, he also co-founded and launched Yodio.com, a SaaS-based audio publishing platform. David spent 15 years prior at Microsoft where he led product planning and marketing initiatives for various early-stage software and cloud initiatives, including Microsoft® Speech.NET and Microsoft® .NET Services; he also spent five years working directly with developers as a software design program manager. During his career, he helped bring 16 different product and programs to life. Prior to Microsoft, David was a marketing representative at IBM in Bethesda, MD, and Southern California.
David is a former legislative intern for Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR) in Washington, D.C. He studied at the University of Oregon and received a BA from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
Executive Assistant & Office Coordinator
New to Seattle, Marie most recently worked as the Outreach Program Manager for the City of Stockton (California), where she developed a comprehensive communications program to inform and engage a diverse public. She worked for seven years at the Sacramento International Airport, in both the Marketing & Public Relations and Business Services divisions, where she directed the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, managed economic development partnerships, and led customer service staff.
With Wine Business certifications from Sonoma State University and the Culinary Institute of America, Marie has been a marketing consultant to dozens of wineries, restaurants and hotels for more than a decade.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Saint Mary's College of California, where she studied in Beijing and Shanghai, China. She can be found making a mess in the kitchen or playing in the dirt most weekends, as she loves to forage for shellfish, crab and mushrooms.
Samantha Gotkin is the founder and principal consultant of S|E|G Consulting. She has worked in the local nonprofit industry for over 20 years, specializing in organizational capacity building, fundraising, volunteer management, event development and execution. Samantha has supported a variety of nonprofit and corporate entities’ events and campaigns including the JDRF Seattle Guild (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Virginia Mason, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, Washington Youth Soccer Association, Seattle Housing Authority, Wells Fargo, Seattle Young People’s Project, Swim Across America, Seattle Public Schools and Circle of Friends for Mental Health.
Why Seattle-King County?
....It's Home of Big Ideas!
The EDC provides confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to businesses seeking to establish operations, expand, or relocate within King County.