Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Port of Everett Announce Terrie Battuello as EASC’s New Vice President of Economic Development

1 Jun 2021

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) and the Port of Everett are pleased to announce that Terrie Battuello, a seasoned and well-respected economic development professional, has been hired to fill the role of EASC’s new Vice President of Economic Development. Battuello has served as the Port’s Chief of Business and Economic Development since 2013.

Battuello, who will assume her new role on June 1, will help sustain and grow businesses in Snohomish County. Battuello’s working knowledge of our regional economy and network of established partners makes her the ideal candidate for this role. This position will increase EASC’s economic development capacity by engaging in our county and regional efforts to recruit companies searching for new locations. EASC is confident that Battuello will hit the ground running and bring a buzz to our region.

“I am so proud of the work we have done at the Port of Everett, which is evidenced by all its growth and prosperity,” Battuello said. “While over the past few years at the Port we have been laser-focused on a growth and expansion strategy to expand our boundaries and economic impact in the region, with all our landholdings accounted for, and a long climb out of the pandemic ahead, I felt I could best serve the Port and Snohomish County as a whole in a broader economic development role.”

Battuello comes to EASC after eight years at the helm of the Port’s real estate and economic development division managing a vast portfolio including 3,300 acres of property and 45+ commercial leases. During her tenure at the Port, Battuello has greatly impacted the economic vitality of the County and facilitated creation of thousands of new family-wage jobs through successful business recruitment and real estate ventures. She has also served an instrumental role in negotiating key land acquisitions and sales.

Key Port projects led by Battuello include the redevelopment of Riverside Business Park, an 85-acre, 600,000 square foot light industrial development now supporting 700+ jobs, and Waterfront Place Central, a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use development bringing a mix of housing, hospitality, retail and office to the waterfront now in its first phase of public/private development. For the last three years, Battuello has also served as port-city liaison to the Cascade Industrial Center (CIC), a 4,000 acre industrially zoned economic center. 

“We hired Terrie at the cusp of many exciting developments for the Port, ranging from mixed-use and light industrial developments to maritime expansion; there was no better person for the job,” Port of Everett CEO/Executive Director Lisa Lefeber said. “Terrie has been a tremendous asset to our team and the region as a whole. While we are sad to see her go, as a strong partner to Economic Alliance we know her skillset and recruitment efforts will allow us to continue grow and will benefit the entire region.”

Terrie will continue to work closely in support of critical Port programs in her new role at EASC including housing developer recruitment for Waterfront Place Central, the Port’s strategic partnerships with the Cascade Industrial Center, industrial development partnerships and continuing to preserve and enhance the key economic role the Port’s deep-water international seaport plays in our region.

“Collaboration and strategy play an important role in reaching our current and future goals as a county and region. We are pleased to add Terrie to the EASC Team,” President & CEO Garry Clark said. “Our core focus is to provide exemplary assistance to our existing businesses, while working closely with our county and regional partners to attract new business and promoting the future of Snohomish County. Terrie’s experience and dedication to Snohomish County is an asset for EASC. Terrie brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, coupled with a clear understanding of regional collaboration. We are thankful for our partners at the Port of Everett for their dedication to Snohomish County.”

Battuello is one of only 1,200 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Certified Economic Developers (CEcD) and has 31 years of economic development experience, working primarily in public-led commercial redevelopment, public-private partnership, and technology focused economic development. She recently received her brokerage license, and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evan’s School, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Statistics and Accounting from City University of Bellevue.

Prior to her time at the Port and EASC, Battuello’s career included working on two major community redevelopment efforts. First, in Bremerton, Wash., where she worked to develop Bremerton’s successful revitalization of the waterfront and served as the Kitsap Public Facilities District Director, and subsequently, her time at the City of Bothell, leading economic development and revitalization efforts including recruiting McMenamins to open the Anderson School project there. Also, while in Bothell, she led the initiative to form the Innovation Partnership Zone and an incubator at Lake Washington Technical College to support the biomedical device cluster which emphasized the use of ultrasound. 

About Economic Alliance Snohomish County:

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a non-profit serving as a combined economic development organization and countywide chamber of commerce. As a public/private partnership of community leaders, businesses, education, and workforce, Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.