Mayor Cassie Franklin has selected Dan Eernissee as Everett’s next economic development director. Eernissee will work closely with Deputy Mayor Nick Harper and Planning Director Allan Giffen to recruit new jobs and businesses to Everett and to support and retain existing employers and industries.
Currently the economic development and real estate manager at the City of Shoreline, Eernissee has led many innovative projects over the past eight years, including the Aurora Corridor revitalization project, the award-winning Surprised by Shoreline promotional campaign, the development of several “placemaking” events and activities, and the formation of Shoreline’s Community Renewal Area to revitalize a key property.
“Economic development is a top priority for my administration and I am thrilled to have Dan join our team,” said Franklin. “He brings a unique background that combines municipal expertise with private development experience, and I know he’ll enhance our efforts to strengthen and support our existing businesses and develop new economic opportunities in Everett.”
Eernissee began his economic development career in the private sector at Wakefield Properties, where his projects included Mill Creek Town Center and Snohomish Station. He later worked as a real estate consultant at Lavoro Development, Inc. As a member of the Urban Land Institute, Eernissee has served on national teams that studied and made recommendations for improving unhealthy corridors in Los Angeles and Englewood, Colorado.
Eernissee will join the City teams working to implement the initiatives outlined in Franklin’s community planning and economic development directive, which she issued in January. The directive focuses on developing key business corridors and districts, including the city’s metropolitan center, and establishes a new economic development advisory committee of local business leaders and City Council representatives. Eernissee will also work with the Office of Communications and Marketing on campaigns to promote Everett to new residents, visitors and businesses.
“We have a lot of exciting efforts already underway, and bringing Dan on board is an important next step in continuing the positive growth that we are seeing throughout the city,” said Franklin.
Eernissee will begin his role with the City on June 11. The City’s previous economic development director, Lanie McMullin, retired in February.