The City of Mountlake Terrace has hired Dave Baron to become the City’s first Economic Development Director. Baron most recently served as Economic Development Director for the City of Auburn where he was instrumental in helping that city increase development and capital funding.
Baron brings experience and knowledge from both the public and private sectors. His background includes serving as Vice-Consul for Trade and Investment at the British Consulate in Seattle, along with varied experience in sales and marketing in the business sector.
“I’m delighted to have Dave coming to work for our community,” said Shane Hope, Director of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department and supervisor of Baron’s position. “This hire follows the City Council’s goal to increase economic vitality. The Council wants economic vitality that will create jobs and services to benefit Mountlake Terrace residents.”
The City Council has prioritized economic development as a key strategy to provide jobs, goods, and services and increase the revenue base in support of community needs. The Council has identified public infrastructure improvements, specifically the reconstruction of 56th Avenue W between 230th and 236th, as a high priority to encourage and support existing and new redevelopment and revitalization in the downtown.
Baron’s first tasks will include finding funding for the city’s “Main Street,” which stretches along 56th Avenue through downtown, and helping people know about the city’s potential as a great location for business. He will start his new position as part of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department on April 18, beginning a two-year term.
“I look forward to working with Dave on moving the City forward and believe he will be a great addition to our team,” said City Manager John Caulfield.