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Building a globally competitive workforce Snohomish County Esterline Project Esterline looked at eight new sites in Washington over an 18 month period.

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1 Building a globally competitive workforce Snohomish County Esterline Project Esterline looked at eight new sites in Washington over an 18 month period –Preferred site five miles from existing location became untenable early 2008 Esterline contacts EDC February 2008 Esterline opens new facility September 2009

2 Building a globally competitive workforce Power of Partnership

3 Building a globally competitive workforce Esterline Project 2/2008 -Esterline contacts EDC Snohomish County to identify sites as close to Seattle as possible. EDC, Snohomish County (Paine Field Airport) and the City of Everett collaborated to create short list. Esterline selected Paine Field location as best technical match and site to meet aggressive project schedule.

4 Building a globally competitive workforce A public/private partnership began with Paine Field setting the stage making all decision makers available to negotiate and execute company and projects needs. Negotiations with Capstone Partners and Snohomish County went smoothly and the ground lease was executed in seven days.

5 Building a globally competitive workforce Broke ground 7/2008 Construction start would not have happened without close collaboration with Paine Field and County Planning and Development Services. Permit processes streamlined Korry Resource Fair for Workforce Project 14 months start to finish Ribbon Cutting 9/28/2009

6 Building a globally competitive workforce Metrics and Evaluation Esterline Project retained employees in Washington State –600 full-time Created new jobs –35 full-time

7 Building a globally competitive workforce Lessons Learned Dan McFeeley, President Esterline Korry Esterline is pleased to be located in Snohomish County. Each individual and organization we worked with during the relocation process was helpful and professional. Snohomish County certainly lives up to its business-friendly reputation and we look forward to being part of the community

8 Building a globally competitive workforce Unique and Replicable WDC Snohomish County and WorkSource Korry Resource Fair to familiarize the workforce with their new neighborhood –Community Organizations, Local Businesses Health Clubs, banks, realtors, apartments, transit, medical clinics, school districts, restaurants, etc. WorkSource provides continuous support –Providing information on the skills sets of candidates in WorkSource system Employer fairs for selected candidates

9 Building a globally competitive workforce Ideas for Follow-on Britt Slone, Principal of Foushee. Paine Field and Snohomish County were extremely helpful to our team on this fast track scheduled project. Other municipalities can benchmark this project as an example of how to help the development team accelerate project is a tremendous benefit to our business climate and in keeping Washington as an attractive place to do business

10 Building a globally competitive workforce Troy McClelland CEO Economic Alliance Snohomish County tmcclelland@snoedc.org 425-248-4211 Sue Ambler, M.Ed. CEO Workforce Development Council Snohomish County sue.ambler@wdcsc.org 425-921-3477


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