Call ‘em Towey’s 11.
Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey, with the blessing of the City Council, named 11 members to the new Economic Development Committee at Tuesday's regular council meeting.
The committee includes three local business owners/representatives, three tourism professionals, three citizens at large and two council members.
Youth representatives could be added later.
At last week’s meeting, council members opted to expand the total number of committee members from eight to 11 plus the to-be-determined student members.
Those selected to represent businesses include Wayne Frost of Greenstone, John Miller of DIVCO Inc. and John Guarisco of MDI Marketing.
Representing tourism will be Keith Backsen of Visit Spokane, Julie Cohen of Holiday Inn Express and Erin Gurtel of the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center.
The citizens-at-large members include Grant Person of NAI Black Real Estate, Ben Small of Central Valley School District and Robin Toth of Greater Spokane Inc.
Ben Wick and Brenda Grassel will represent the City Council.
The committee is expected to meet over a period of approximately four months to develop recommendations for infrastructure projects and improvements as well as other programs for growing Spokane Valley's economy and attracting tourism dollars. Periodic reports will be provided to the council while the committee is working, with a final report anticipated for presentation sometime around late August/early September.
"We have a pool of talent in our community that is unsurpassed," said Towey. "These people are top notch."