Sammamish to start economic development study
March 12, 2013
The Sammamish City Council approved a contract with Community Attributes to conduct an economic development plan for Sammamish at its March 5 meeting.
The $65,000 contract will bring in the consultant to study Sammamish that will be complete by the end of the year.
Councilman John Curley likened the study to a cooking show. In the show, an expert chef would come into someone’s kitchen and explain that, with the ingredients they had in stock, they could make a certain set of dishes. If the people wanted something different, he could give them options for what they would need to add, and how much it might cost.
Similarly, the consultant will study what attributes Sammamish already has and how it might use them to spur economic development. Additionally, the consultant will explain what else Sammamish might be able to accomplish if it were to add new resources.
Deputy City Manager Lyman Howard explained that part of the consultant’s mandate is to define economic development as it pertains to Sammamish.
The council approved the contract unanimously, with Councilman John James absent.