Chris Craig has been selected to be the City of Burienâ€™s Economic Development Manager, the city announced Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
He replaces Andrea Snyder, who left the position to serve as the Deputy City Administrator for the City of Issaquah.
This position leads economic development for the City of Burien. Under direction of the City Manager, he will be focused on the implementation of Council policy and supporting Burienâ€™s business community, while attracting new businesses, investment and jobs. He also supports the Burien Business & Economic Development Partnership, a Council appointed advisory board that advises Council on economic development in Burien.
â€œI am thrilled for the opportunity to continue to serve such a dynamic community,â€ Craig said. â€œI look forward to working with businesses and residents to promote economic development that supports the communityâ€™s vision and goals.â€
Craig served as the Cityâ€™s Economic Development Specialist since 2015. During that time, he managed the Cityâ€™s business retention and recruitment programs along with many other high profile projects including the wayfinding program and downtown mobility study. He was instrumental to the recruitment of PCC and McBride Construction to Burien. He served as Interim Economic Development Manager in both 2017 and early 2019. He was named Public Servant of the Year by Discover Burien in 2017.
â€œChris brings not only a deep knowledge of our local business community, which he gained through the hundreds of business visits heâ€™s conducted over the last several years,â€ said Brian J. Wilson, Burien City Manager. â€œHe also brings experience and knowledge of economic development and future trends.â€
Prior to coming to Burien, Chris worked for a multi-housing housing developer. He has a degree in political science from the University of Washington.
The City of Burien is actively recruiting for a new Economic Development Specialist. To learn more about that position, go to burienwa.gov/jobs.