Economic Development Council


PURPOSE:
To facilitate and encourage the development of economic opportunities and keep a pulse on current and potential businesses.


INFO:
MEETINGS: Fourth Thursday of Each Month, 6 p.m.
TERMS: Two Years
STAFF CONTACT: Regan Bolli, rbolli@covingtonwa.gov, 253.480.2405
LINKS: Agendas and Minutes


POSITIONS:
CHAMBER (exp. 7/31/21) - Ed Holmes
CHAMBER (exp. 7/31/22) - Lavonne Dideon
CHAMBER (exp. 7/31/21) - Josh Lyons, Chair
CHAMBER (exp. 7/31/21) - Scott Beusch
CHAMBER (exp. 7/31/22) - Kevin Grossman
CITY (exp. 7/31/21) - Kathy Fosjord
CITY (exp. 7/31/22) - Kalen Privatsky
CITY (exp. 7/31/21) - Darren Groth
CITY (exp. 7/31/22) - Laura Roth
CITY (exp. 7/31/22) - Kevin Proett


DETAILS:
The Covington Economic Development Council (CEDC) is 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.

CEDC is composed of twelve members; five members are appointed by the City Council and five members are appointed by the Chamber Board of Directors. Each member serves for a two-year term. In addition, there is 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 Chamber Board.

The duties of CEDC may 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.