The City of Puyallup has named Meredith Neal as its Economic Development Manager.
Neal was previously the director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Manufacturing Industrial Council. She has extensive experience in resource management and in implementing policies that advance positive economic conditions.
“Meredith has the experience and skills needed to promote economic development here in Puyallup,” said interim City Manager Steve Kirkelie. “We are glad to welcome her and excited to start seeing the results of her outreach and advocacy for our residents, businesses and everyone else who cares about the well-being of our community.”
The Puyallup City Council approved the creation of the position of Economic Development Manager in late 2019. In creating the position, the City intends to expand economic prosperity by securing continued commercial and residential investments and promoting access to family-wage jobs. A core focus in 2020 will be implementing identified strategies for Puyallup’s Downtown Economic Development Plan. The plan addresses the reuse of buildings, development feasibility, pedestrian walkability, and forging a strong downtown identity with the goal of offering valued experiences for residents and visitors.
“I have a sincere and deep desire to ensure that people want to live in Puyallup, and also that they have the economic means to do so,” said Neal. “I look forward to collaborating with everyone who is interested in helping build the strategic partnerships we need to assess what can be improved on, and taking action to move us all forward.”
Neal has a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Antioch University. She earned her B.A. in urban planning and community development from the Evergreen State College. Her community volunteer experience incudes service on the Forterra Regional Leadership Council and the YWCA Pierce County Board of Directors.
Puyallup is the third-largest city in Pierce County with a population of 41,570. It is home to the South Hill Mall, the Washington State Fairgrounds and Events Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Pierce College and the Benaroya South Hill Business + Technology Center.