Mike Martin ‘Starting…Undeclared Cold War’ Against BEDP – Doug Moreland
Doug Moreland, one of the founding members of the City of Burien’s Economic Development Partnership (BEDP), as well as a longtime resident and practicing attorney, read a letter to the City Council Monday night (see below), accusing City Manager Mike Martin of “starting an undeclared cold war against the Partnership” and much more.
For the first time since he joined as a founding member in 1994, Moreland was not re-appointed to the BEDP. He also quit from the board of Discover Burien last week.
The BEDP was formed a year after Burien was incorporated, and was meant to serve as a public/private advisory committee. Some of the accomplishments the BEDP has done include:
- Burien’s annual Clean Sweep Event
- Business License Fee structure
- Workable sign code
- Annexation analysis with a revenue-neutral goal
In addition, “BEDP has helped procure more than $300 million of outside and/or new investment over the last 10 years for projects like Town Square, the new King County Library, Transit Center, new Sound Transit/Metro Garage and new City Hall,” according to Moreland.
According to the city’s website:
The Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership is a group of Burien residents, business owners and operators, appointed by the Burien City Council to study and promote economic growth for the City of Burien. This 14-member board, which advises the City Council, has been instrumental in enhancing business communications and identifying economic possibilities.
Recent activity included:
- Advising the Council on important changes in the City sign code
- Land-use changes in Northeast Burien
- Strategies for downtown revitalization
Here’s Moreland’s full letter (download PDF of it here – includes BEDP Bylaws):
We’ll be conducting a more extensive, sit-down ‘exit interview’ with Moreland soon, to get more of his thoughts on this and other issues, so be sure to check back to The B-Town Blog often.