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Snohomish's Economic Development Director takes new job

Headshot of Wendy PoischbegSNOHOMISH — The city’s economic development and communications director is heading to a bigger role. Wendy Poischbeg will be Economic Alliance Snohomish County’s new vice president of economic development starting May 9. Her last day at the city will be Saturday, May 7.
The move is bittersweet for her after six years of attracting and boosting local businesses. Just late last month, the Snohomish Chamber awarded her with a plaque for her efforts.
The nonprofit Economic Alliance approached her with the VP job. She couldn’t resist.
For one, “it gives me a regional playing field that I want to be part of,” Poischbeg said late last month.
In December, another city tried headhunting her. It led to City Hall raising Poischbeg to director status.
She said she didn’t apply for either position.
“I’m not leaving because of leadership, I’m leaving because I was offered an amazing new opportunity,” Poischbeg told the Tribune.
Prior to Snohomish, she directed tourism and economic development for Snohomish County’s government. Before that, she worked for Everett, where she helped create Sorticulture, the summer garden arts festival.
A business connector, Poischbeg coordinates the monthly Engage Snohomish networking events and has built a small set of independent ventures over the years.




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