ABOUT THE COMMISSION
REDMOND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
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The Redmond Development Commission was created on July 28, 2009 by City Ordinance No. 2009-07. Its purpose is to bring together resources to achieve the City of Redmond’s vision of an economically vibrant community. To accomplish this purpose, it has the responsibility to create a comprehensive strategy to foster 10,000 new century jobs by 2030 for the City of Redmond.
The Commission will advise the City Council by fulfilling the following duties:
- Create and coordinate a community-wide plan for economic and urban development with clear and quantifiable objectives established for each partner organization.
- Promote the City of Redmond for new business.
- Promote the economic interests of the existing business enterprises.
- Foster a community-wide resource network.
- Align economic development strategies with the educational community to both prepare and retain people for Redmond’s economy.
- Serve as an advisory committee to the Redmond Urban Renewal Agency.
HOW THE COMMISSION WAS FORMED
At his March 6, 2009 State of the City address, Mayor George Endicott launched an economic development initiative with the following introduction:
It is time for Redmond to power up and take the initiative to enhance our community to attract quality primary jobs that bring wealth and a sustainable quality of life to our community. More than ever before, it is critical that we focus attention on supporting the creation of more and better jobs for our community. The new century jobs that are most critical to our long-term vitality are those that create long-term employment, annually pay more than $45,000 in constant dollars and require advanced technical skills to perform. Our overarching goal is the creation of 10,000 New-Century jobs by 2030. To accomplish the goal of 10,000 New-Century jobs requires changing the paradigm of traditional economic development and focusing on a community-wide effort that engages everyone in creating the environment that will attract and grow these quality jobs.
Thus, Mayor Endicott created a steering committee to study the benefits and liabilities of a city economic development commission. It ultimately recommended to the City Council that the Redmond Development Commission be created, which it was, as outlined above. During its existence, the committee officially met 6 times; meeting notes, as well as the documents created, reviewed, or used by the committee during those meetings to assist it in making its final decision are provided below.
COMMISSION ORGANIZATION MEETING NOTES
- The Redmond Development Plan
- Community-Wide Economic Development Initiatives
- Location Trends of Today’s Thriving Economy
- Redmond Development Commission Advisory Guidelines
- Committee, Commission and Agency Organization
- Strategic Scenario
- Think Global, Sell Local
- Who We Are as a Community
The Redmond Development Commission currently meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall (unless otherwise noted), located at 411 SW 9th St., Redmond. Agendas, minutes and additional meeting information may be found on the Meetings and Agendas page.