Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell and Council Member David Boe have recently been appointed to serve as chairman and vice-chairman of the city’s Economic Development Committee, respectively. Combined, they have 40 years of experience as business owners.
"As members of this committee, Council Members Campbell and Boe have been working with City staff and other stakeholders to develop an economic development framework for Tacoma. With a continued emphasis on entrepreneurship, neighborhood business districts and land use, we can be strategic and focus on leveraging our assets," said Mayor Marilyn Strickland.
The Economic Development Committee reviews, evaluates and proposes economic development concepts, initiatives and policies that affect Tacoma’s business climate, neighborhood business districts, downtown and the waterfront, regional issues and opportunities, tourism, historic preservation, capital projects planning, development, and other related topics.
“I’m looking forward to many robust discussions about economic development in Tacoma," said Campbell, who was elected to the City Council in 2009. "We have a strong committee that brings experience and ideas from many different perspectives. The last few years have been difficult, and we need to make sure Tacoma is well positioned as we come out of the recession."
Campbell has been a retail business owner and advocate by leading organizations such as the Downtown Merchant’s Group and the Cross District Business Association, and by helping launch Go Local Tacoma. Boe owns and operates BOE architects, PLLC, located in downtown Tacoma. Before being elected to the City Council in 2011, he served on the Planning Commission and the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Economic Development Committee members include Council Members Lauren Walker and Ryan Mello.