By Eric Mathison
A Burien economic development strategic plan that calls for the city to be marketed as an “International City” was unveiled to lawmakers on March 3.
Burien’s 2013-2014 budget included $50,000 for the development of the plan. Economic Development director Dan Trimble, facilitator Brian Scott and consultant Terry Moore presented the plan. Paul Smith, chair of Burien’s Business and Economic Development Partnership advisory committee, indicated his members recommend the plan.
Once adopted by the City Council, the plan will become Burien’s strategy for economic development. Moore said the plan was divided into basic actions, preliminary actions and advanced actions.
The report noted the emerging view of economic development adds a community’s “quality of life” to the traditional view of helping to create and retain good jobs.
According to the report, Burien’s most important advantages are location and access. The city is centrally located between Seattle and Tacoma and is adjacent to major freeways.More ›