Economic Development Team
The Office of Economic Development helps direct economic development activities in Bellevue. It works closely with the individual businesses and business organizations in the city, and acts as a liaison with state, federal and foreign officials and business leaders. It plays a critical role in helping Bellevue’s economy remain strong, stable and sustainable. The Economic Development team has the professional skills and experience to serve all segments of the business community, from retail to global finance, trade and technology.
Thomas Boydell, Manager
Thomas Boydell has worked in consulting and government for more than 20 years, specializing in business strategy and public-private partnerships, plus five years in leadership in the non-profit sector. Tom has an MBA from Wharton and master's degrees in regional planning and psychology. In 2011 he created BellevueCN, an English-Chinese e-zine featuring stories in technology and leadership in Asia-Washington trade.
Tom has been a member of ZINO Society since 2011, and serves on the boards for the World Trade Club of Washington, Japan American Society and India Association of Western Washington. He has also participated in overseas humanitarian efforts and fundraising for schools, water projects and hospitals in the Balkans, Albania, Southern France, East Africa and India.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS
The City of Bellevue counts many local and regional organizations as partners in its efforts to maintain economic development here. Together, these organizations and the city create a business-friendly community.
Principal local partners include:
Regional partners are vital to successful marketing, recruitment, and trade development.Major ones include:
A host of partners support Bellevue's economic development. In addition to the major agencies listed above, other regional partners include the University of Washington, the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Washington Cities, the Washington Economic Development Association, NAIOP and the Urban Land Institute. Each one plays a vital role in the health and economic future of Bellevue. Key agencies in international trade are listed on the International Trade page.
Bellevue participates actively and was a founding partner in the Economic Development Managers Forum, established in 2006 for the purposes of exchanging information, identifying best practices and fostering coordination among cities in King County and their assistance to businesses.