County Executive Reardon and County
Council create economic stimulus plan
The elected leaders took first steps with the approval of a joint resolution creating an economic stimulus plan. The resolution lays out steps for preserving local jobs and positioning Snohomish County for future economic success despite financial instability worldwide.
“We need to get this economy moving again, and we’re taking the first steps to create a pathway forward,” Reardon said. “We need to work with local businesses to create local, private sector jobs and jumpstart new business opportunities.”
“In these times of worldwide economic turmoil, it is critical that Snohomish County government focus on taking action to preserve local jobs and businesses, and attract new ones to our region,” County Council Chairman Dave Somers said. “Snohomish County needs to partner with other governments and private business to pursue a vigorous economic preservation and revitalization program.”
Reardon also instructed department directors and staff to find more ways of decreasing government impacts on local businesses as well as ways to stimulate business development and innovation.
Periodically during the next year, the council and executive will review steps taken and consider additional strategies to encourage economic revitalization.
“This is the kind of cooperative, comprehensive effort that we need locally to get our economy moving again,” said Sam Anderson, executive officer of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. “We can’t simply wait for the other Washington to act. In fact, Snohomish County has as big of a part to play in economic stimulus and recovery as any governmental entity.”