The City of Olympia has named a new Economic Development Director: Mike Reid. A lifelong Olympian, Reid is a well-known member of the local economic development community. He has spent nearly a decade at the Port of Olympia, serving as the Port’s Property Development Manager and then as Senior Manager for Business Development.
“I am delighted that Mike is joining the City’s executive leadership team,” said Steve Hall, Olympia City Manager. “He is a great fit for Olympia. His experience and local connections allow him to hit the ground running and be effective from day one.”
Reid chairs the Thurston County Chamber’s Business and Economic Development Committee; serves on the Olympia Downtown Association’s Economic Vitality Committee, and has served as vice-president of the board of directors of Sidewalk, a local non-profit focused on ending homelessness.
“I’ve known Mike for many years and have seen his leadership in action,” said Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby. “He is invested in Olympia and its future. He has the ability to pull people together and to engage the community in achieving our economic development goals.”
Reid holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego. He follows Renee Sunde, who served as Olympia’s first Economic Development Director.
“As an Olympian, the opportunity to work towards continuing to make Olympia more economically resilient for all of its residents is truly an honor,” said Reid.
Reid will begin his new position on Dec. 18, 2017.