The Everett Clinic rejoins Economic Alliance Snohomish County

31 Mar 2023

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Everett, WA., April 6, 2023 – Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) has announced The Everett Clinic, part of Optum, has rejoined the organization with an investment to fund EASC’s objectives and strategies as a combined economic development organization and countywide chamber of commerce.

The move reestablishes a long-standing relationship between the two organizations, dating back to 2010 when then CEO of The Everett Clinic, Rick Cooper initiated a study on ways the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County, the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce and South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce could cooperate to improve the county’s economic climate. The result of the study was the combining of the three organizations to form Economic Alliance Snohomish County.

Since 2011, Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) has served the Snohomish County community with a focus on economic growth and legislative engagement.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County is the Associate Development Organization (ADO) for Snohomish County, Washington, serving as an economic development partner for the Washington State Department of Commerce. Under the economic development segment, EASC’s mission is to grow and nurture a vital and globally competitive regional economy by expanding partnerships, developing key resources, and building the infrastructure systems creating local and regional employment centers.

As the countywide chamber of commerce, EASC provides networking opportunities, offers business resources, and organizes events that convene the county’s leadership for key updates and high-level conversations.

"We are excited to be rejoining the Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC)," said Iwalani Paquette, Senior Vice President of Operations for Optum Washington. "Combined, the Everett Clinic and The Polyclinic have served King and Snohomish counties for over 200 years, and we know with this renewed partnership, we will strengthen our ability to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone."

With The Everett Clinic’s renewed membership in EASC comes the opportunity to serve on the EASC Board of Trustees once again, joining representatives from both the private sector (about 70% of Board seats) and the public sector (about 30% of Board seats). Public sector Board members also include elected officials.

“Founded in 1924, The Everett Clinic is deeply rooted in Snohomish County history,” said Garry Clark, President and CEO of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. “To this day, healthcare innovation and improvement remains part of the culture at The Everett Clinic. With the challenges currently facing the healthcare industry, EASC will be thankful to have such a voice represented on our Board of Trustees.”

About Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with members from the public and private sectors and is designated by the State and Snohomish County as the county economic development authority. As such, it generates and advocates for smart economic policy and strategies, grow living wage jobs, and expand the economy through business expansion and attraction. EASC also hosts business services from the SBA and other federal and state agencies to deliver business services to local businesses.

For more information, please contact:

Raechel Morera
Communications & Brand Manager
Economic Alliance Snohomish County