Economic development is of major importance to the state of Washington. The attraction of new business, retention and expansion of businesses of all size, marketing of Washington products to foreign countries, job development and training, attraction of tourists to the state, and having an adequate infrastructure to support these activities are top priorities for the state of Washington. While the Department of Commerce and Economic Development is the primary agency involved with these matters, several other agencies are involved in related activities such as job and community development. In order to provide better coordination between these agencies, it is desirable that an Interagency Economic Development Coordinating Council be established.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Spellman, Governor of the state of Washington, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby order and direct the following:
A. A council known as the Interagency Economic Development Coordinating Council shall be established.
B. The Council shall be composed of the directors of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, Employment Security, Agriculture, the Small Business Development Council, Washington State University, the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, Department of Ecology, Office of Financial Management, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Revenue. The Governor shall designate one of the members of his staff as chairman. The Council shall meet regularly and shall create subcommittees as needed to deal with specific issues of concern.
C. The Council shall review the administrative efforts of its member agencies to provide adequate infrastructure support, small business development, environmental coordination, and other actions necessary to foster economic development within the State of Washington.
D. The Council shall report periodically its recommendations for action to the Governor, who shall disseminate them to the legislature and the public.