Story by Tristan Halsen
Recently the city of Marysville has announced and named its first Economic Development and Real Property Manager. The position was created this year and after processing multiple candidates, Terrie Battuello was selected due to her 28 years of experience working with communities in the Puget Sound. “We brought in someone who knows what they are doing, and has a lot of experience in this field,” said Connie Mennie who is the Communications Manager for the city of Marysville.
The city’s goal for this position is to enhance Marysville by redeveloping its downtown and waterfront areas, as well as building out the Cascade Industrial Center. “For several years, the city has had an interest and made it a priority to work on economic development, one example would be our work with the city of Arlington to create the Cascade Industrial Center” said Mennie. Since the Cascade Industrial Center has been completed it is now a priority to attract business to the city according to Mennie.
Marysville’s waterfront near the Ebey Slough is an area where the city potentially wants to expand and grow. Some potential visions for new development near the Marysville waterfront include restaurants and kayaking areas. The city plans for new business to move into the Cascade Industrial Center, which will cut down on commute time for local residents.
Battuello, has recently served as the Vice President of Economic Development for the Economic Alliance in Snohomish County. Battuello was also the Chief of Business and Economic Development for the Port of Everett; Assistant to the City Manager/Economic Development Manager for the City of Bothell; and Policy Analyst and Chief Communications Officer for the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. “The primary goals for an Economic Developer are to create an expanding, tax base of business, and to create more opportunities for the residents,” said Battuello.
Economic Development doesn’t only apply to new business, their goal is to also expand current business within the city as well. Talent acquisition and entrepreneurial opportunities are also some of the services offered from the position. “My job is to help any business that is struggling or wanting to expand to those services,” said Battuello.