Economic Development

The goal of the Economic Development Committee is to strengthen and broaden the economic base of downtown.


Develop a business recruitment and retention plan


  • Ambassador program
  • Personal Services Brochures
  • Identify key business recruitment prospects
  • Undertake market analysis:
    • Work with partners (e.g. EDC, PBIA, Chamber, City)
    • Female Focus
    • Retail sales tax data – work with Department of Revenue on getting information for the district; collect information from a sample of businesses and track over time

Develop a business education and assistance program


  • Breakfast business seminars (partner with Chamber, EDC, SBDC)
  • Link to partners websites for information
  • Promote National Trust Main Street Center’s webinars

Work with the city to identify and remove development obstacles


  • Review process and fees and identify potential barriers for projects (e.g. change of use fees)
  • Review development regulations
  • Review parking requirements/lack of adequate parking


  • Market a positive image of downtown
  • Revisit committee goals
  • Continue with the successful Downtown Academy program
  • Promote webinars
  • Review development regulations
  • Obtain retail sales tax data
  • Continue partnering with PBIA
  • Follow Shoreline Master Plan
  • Be involved with the city’s comprehensive plan
  • Employee parking
  • Housing
  • Art Space
  • GIS map
  • Link to partners websites


  • Obtain retail sales tax data
  • Continue partnering with PBIA
  • Shoreline Master Program
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Employee parking
  • Housing
  • Art Space

2015 Downtown Academy schedule:
The Downtown Academy is held from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the New Caldonia Atrium unless otherwise indicated.

Information on upcoming Academy topics.

If you are interested in being on the email list for the Downtown Academy or if you have a suggestion for a Downtown Academy topic email

The Economic Development  Committee meets the first Thursday of the month at 8:15 am in the New Caldonia Atrium (116 5th Ave SE). For more information contact the Economic Development  Committee Co-Chair: Kari Qvigstad, Department of Enterprise Services, (360) 407-8126 or Garner Miller, MSGS Architects, (360) 943-6774.