The Kirkland City Council will consider creating the position of economic-development manager Tuesday night. If the council approves the...
The Kirkland City Council will consider creating the position of economic-development manager Tuesday night.
If the council approves the position, the city would begin recruiting for the job, said Tracy Burrows, senior management analyst. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 123 Fifth Ave.
The person hired for the job would take the lead in working on such projects and issues as the redevelopment of Totem Lake Mall, the redevelopment of Juanita Village and the Juanita Beach Park area, new businesses and downtown construction, and possible rezoning of the city’s light-industrial area.
The position would pay up to $96,000, and the person would report directly to the city manager.
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Currently the city contracts with the Chamber of Commerce to manage the Kirkland Economic Partnership, which has largely overseen economic development in the city. In March, Teddy Overleese resigned as the partnership’s economic advocate.
The new position would have different roles from those of Overleese, including working to attract new businesses to Kirkland, Burrows said.