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TIP Strategies, Inc. Enterprise Seattle
Jeff leads high-profile national consulting engagements and provides input from the practitioner’s point of view. Jeff’s recent work includes facilitating the Governor of Delaware’s Economic Development Taskforce that established a new public/private partnership for economic development in the state. He followed that work with the creation of a program and operations plan for Delaware’s new multi-million-dollar statewide economic development organization. Other major projects include preparing a defense industry adjustment strategy for the State of Washington; crafting the Center Cities Economic Development Playbook, an urban economic development strategic plan for Minneapolis-Saint-Paul; and providing strategic guidance for the City of Detroit’s proposal to a large-scale business recruitment target. Jeff has led rural economic development strategic planning for clients in Washington (Klickitat County and Lewis County), Iowa (the Mason City/Clear Lake Iowa region), and Michigan (an eight-county region that includes Saginaw) and has designed economic development programs for city departments including Corning, New York; Auburn, Washington; and Shelton, Washington. Prior to joining TIP, he was with the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County for a decade, first as the organization’s executive vice president and COO and then serving five years as the president and CEO. During this time, he was active in statewide and regional organizations, including serving as an executive committee member of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle and King County. His experience with the workforce council and a variety of industry trade associations, coupled with his experience recruiting companies to the state, gives him important insights into the requirements of firms in a variety of industries. Jeff holds a law degree from the South Texas College of Law and a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.