Sammamish City Council to form economic development committee

May 29, 2011

By Caleb Heeringa

New, May 29, 2:16 p.m.

The Sammamish City Council formed an economic development committee that will look at ways to advocate for business in the community and potentially jumpstart the Town Center project.

The council approved forming the committee at their May 16 meeting by a unanimous vote. The committee will look at infrastructure financing, the possibility of public-private partnerships and other ways to support commercial development in Town Center and around the city.

“With Town Center somewhere on the horizon, this will be a show of good faith to the citizens, especially those in the Town Center footprint,” said Councilman John James, who had been advocating for the committee for more than a year.

The membership of the committee and the specific topics it will discuss will be determined in the coming months.

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One Response to “Sammamish City Council to form economic development committee”

  1. Scott Hamilton on May 30th, 2011 8:44 pm

    Give credit where credit is due: John James has certainly been spot-on with calling for a Sammamish EDC. When the City Manager let Michael Mathias go in a cost-cutting measure (rather than redefining his job from that of shepherding the Town Center process to implementing the Town Center), his loss sent a terrible message to the land owners and to those some 70 citizens on five committees and commissions who spent years creating the Town Center plan.

    James, with a real estate background, has taken a measured approach to the Town Center (unlike Mayor Gerend, who wants to pave it over with unsustainable commercial zoning that further would subject the landowners to higher taxation on their land) and has correctly been calling for the creation of the Sammamish EDC. It’s unfortunate it has taken the council more than a year to take this step.

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