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Economic Development Council

 

Meetings: Monthly - Fourth Thursday
Agendas and Minutes
Time & Place:         6:30 p.m. Covington City Hall - Large Conference Room
Staff Contact: Derek Matheson, City Manager, 253-480-2405
Authority: Derek Matheson, City Manager
E-mail: dmatheson@covingtonwa.gov

The purpose for creation of the Covington Economic Development Council (CEDC) is to have an organization which acts in an advisory capacity to the Covington City Council and the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in striving to improve the Covington economy by facilitating and encouraging the development of economic opportunities in the industrial, commercial business services, professional services, retail and public sectors, and to help create a stable, healthy and diversified economy and employment base. It is not intended that, nor shall CEDC be a sub-agency of the City. CEDC shall possess no aspect of policy or rule making authority for the City. Advice or information from CEDC shall not be binding upon the City, nor shall any action of the City Council be dependant first upon any recommendation or review by the CEDC. It is the specific intent of the parties that CEDC not be subject to the regulations and/or restrictions of RCW Ch. 42.30. The CEDC shall possess no aspect of policy or rule making authority for the Chamber. Advice or information from CEDC shall not be binding upon the Chamber Board, nor shall any action of the Chamber Board be dependant first upon any recommendation or review by CEDC. The CEDC may not incur any debt nor contract for any goods and services in the name of the City or the Chamber.

The CEDC shall be composed of twelve members. Five members shall be appointed by the City Council and five members shall be appointed by the Chamber Board of Directors. Each member shall serve for a two-year term. The terms of office shall be staggered so that five vacancies shall occur each year. These ten members shall all be voting members. In addition, there shall be one ex-officio member (non voting) appointed from the City staff by the City Manager and one ex-officio member(non voting) appointed by the Board. Appointments to fill unexpired terms shall be made by the appropriate appointing organization and shall be for the remainder of that term, after which a reappointment may be made. Any member may be removed from CEDC, at any time, by the entity responsible for their appointment, with or without cause. Except for the ex-officio members of the CEDC that are paid employees of the City and/or Chamber, all members appointed to CEDC shall be volunteers and none of them shall be considered as employees or agents of the City or the Chamber. The CEDC shall hold meetings as deemed necessary by the CEDC members to carry out its duties. The CEDC shall adopt Rules of Procedure and Conduct as the CEDC deems appropriate. The CEDC shall appoint, from amongst the ten voting members, two co-chairpersons. One Co-Chair shall be selected from the members appointed by the City Council and the other Co-Chair shall be selected from the members appointed by the Chamber Board. Each Co-Chair shall serve for a term of one year, but may be reappointed for additional consecutive terms. The Co-Chairs shall be appointed by the process set forth in their Rules.

The duties of the CEDC shall include the following: a)Promote current business and businesses within the City of Covington and the region. b)Review and investigate economic development opportunities that will benefit the local economy, make recommendations to the City Council and the Chamber as to prioritization of such opportunities, recommend to the City Council and the Chamber an action plan for achieving the City's economic development priorities and assist the City Council and the Chamber in implementing and monitoring said action plan. c)Meet with current and potential businesses to discuss inducements and barriers to conducting business in Covington and to make recommendations to the City Council and the Chamber to improve those inducements and reduce the barriers. d)Review and recommend policies, regulations, procedures, etc. to the City Council and the Chamber regarding business issues that may be adopted by the appropriate agency to implement. e)Coordinate CEDC's efforts with other development groups within King County. f)Review and make recommendations to the City Council and the Chamber Board regarding options for downtown improvements and enhancements. g)Pursue grants that may be available to assist in economic development. h)Other duties as may be jointly requested by the City Council and the Chamber Board.

 
                 Members: 2-Year Term:
                         Josh Parnell - Pos. #1 (CH) 7/31/14
  Zach Steele - Pos. #3 (CH) 7/31/15
                         Co-Chair Rick Oliveira - Pos. #5 (CH) 7/31/14
  Mike Hanratty - Pos. #9 (CH) 7/31/15
  Hugh Kodama - Pos. #10 (CH) 7/31/15
     
                       Kevin Holland - Pos. #2 (CI) 7/31/15
  Laura Roth - Pos. #4 (CI) 7/31/14
  Jim Hutchinson - Pos. #6 (CI) 7/31/14
                         Co-Chair Jeff Wagner - Pos. #7 (CI) 7/31/14
  Steven Pand - Pos. #8 (CI) 7/31/15
     
 

CH = Chamber Appointee
CI = City of Covington Appointee