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Posted on: April 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Snohomish County Economic Recovery Task Force Working to Jumpstart Economy

Kent Patton

Snohomish County Economic Recovery Task Force Working to Jumpstart Economy 

Executive Somers and Council Chair Nehring formally launch economic recovery efforts

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., April 21, 2020 – Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and County Council Chair Nate Nehring held the first Snohomish County Economic and Workforce Recovery Task Force, laying the groundwork for economic recovery. The Task Force’s inaugural meeting set in motion a collaborative approach to rebuilding both the county’s economy and its workforce by businesses, governments and non-profits. The 29-member Task Force is co-chaired by Ray Stephanson, former Mayor of Everett, and Amy Drewel of Mosaic Insurance, LLC, and is charged with providing short and long-term plans for the county to assist the private sector and impacted employees as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Somers emphasized the important work the Task Force will be embarking on to plan for and support economic recovery in the county.

“The suddenness of our economic downturn is something none of us has ever experienced. We know that there are significant challenges to restarting our economy,” said Somers. “By working together we can develop a data-driven strategy to respond to the needs of our employers and employees. We also must take advantage of any new opportunities. This truly is a countywide approach, a whole-of-government and a whole-of-county effort. Our resiliency and partnerships will set us on the path toward recovery.”

The “Blue Ribbon” Task Force was formed to be action-oriented with representation by those impacted by COVID-19, including large and small businesses and industry associations from across the county. In addition, an Advisory Group is being established to complement the Task Force. The Advisory Group is a key mechanism to ensure the Task Force hears what is happening on the ground, gains the most accurate information in real time, and learns about the most innovative ideas from all corners of the county and beyond. An Advisory Group will be formed in each County Council district by the relevant Councilmember, and each Advisory Group will be responsible for helping the Task Force understand what our local communities need. The Advisory Group plans to have representation from our cities, Tribes, educational institutions, labor organizations, and non-profits partners. Council Chair Nate Nehring will serve as the Advisory Group Chair and coordinate the work between the Advisory Groups and the Task Force.

“The wave of economic disruption from COVID-19 has hit every corner of our county and region,” said Chair Nehring. “In order to determine how we can best support the private sector and get everyone back to work, we need broad-based input from every street corner, neighborhood, and office park. We want to ensure that government doesn’t hinder business recovery but instead is doing everything in its power to help.”

The Office of Economic Recovery and Resiliency will support the Economic and Workforce Recovery Task Force. The Office website contains important information about the COVID-19 outbreak as well as resources for businesses, workers impacted by business layoffs, and the general public. A Chat Bot on the site can answer frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, you may contact the Office at 425-338-3800 or email at

Economic and Workforce Recovery Task Force Members

Dave Somers
Snohomish County Executive
Nate Nehring
Snohomish County Council Chair MOSAIC
Amy Drewel (Co-Chair)
Snohomish County Council Chair MOSAIC
Ray Stephanson (Co-Chair)
Former Mayor of Everett

Emily Wittman

Aerospace Futures Alliance

John Dickson

Coastal Community Bank

Jason Gamble


Emmett Heath

Community Transit

Sara Hyatt

Construction Business Owner

Shannon Affholter


Dom Amor

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Dr. Amit Singh

Edmonds College

Dr. Daria Willis

Everett Community College

Elizabeth Reed

Interface Technologies Northwest

Ryan Crowther

Leadership Snohomish County

Brian Holtzclaw

Master Builders Association

Barb Tolbert

Mayor of Arlington

Cassie Franklin

Mayor of Everett

Blair Corson

Outdoor Adventure Center

Crystal Donner


Lisa Lefeber

Port of Everett

Krista Morehead

Small Business (Granite Falls)

Kent Kultgen

Snohomish School District

Lois Thompson

Sno-Isle Libraries

Allison Warren- Barbour

United Way of Snohomish County

Ryan McIrvin

University of Washington- Bothell

Dr. Paul Pitre

Washington State University

Joy Emery

Workforce Snohomish

Peyton Tune

YMCA- Snohomish County

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