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Economic Development Strategic Plan

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adopted five-year economic development strategic plan

In 2018, the City of Shelton completed a collaborative economic development strategic planning process to guide the community’s growth over the next five years. TIP Strategies, an economic development strategic planning firm based in Seattle, WA, was engaged to guide the project.

The resulting plan provides specific recommendations to promote economic growth in the city. The plan focuses on encouraging business development, entrepreneurship, and workforce development initiatives. The plan also focuses on identifying methods to translate Shelton’s unique attributes into an array of competitive advantages. The consulting team has recommended strategies based on its understanding of best practices from around the nation. The plan is supported by an implementation matrix that outlines the actions, priorities, and timeframes needed to execute the recommendations effectively.

TIP Strategies has over 20 years of experience in economic development strategic planning, spanning over 300 engagements in 40 states and 4 countries. For more information on TIP Strategies, please visit:

Project contact

Andy Arnes, Communications & Economic Development Officer
City of Shelton, WA
(360) 432-5114

Project Participants
Key stakeholders involved in the project include the following:
Executive Committee
  • Vicki Look, City of Shelton
  • Andy Arnes, City of Shelton
  • Jeff Marcell, TIP Strategies
  • Ashton Allison, TIP Strategies
Steering Committee
  • Craig Gregory, City of Shelton
  • Mark Ziegler, City of Shelton
  • James Thomas, Economic Development Council of Mason County
  • Heidi McCutcheon, Shelton Mason Chamber of Commerce
  • Jim Morrell, Peninsula Credit Union
  • Joel Myer, Mason PUD 3
  • Lisa Perry, Sierra Pacific Industries
  • Marty Crow, Habitat for Humanity
  • Andy Conklin, Mason County Realtors Association
  • Allison Smith, Olympic College Shelton
  • Julie Nichols, Shelton Branch Advisory Committee of the South Sound YMCA
  • Jacquie MacAlevy, Shelton School District
  • Melanie Bakala, Various Community Organizations, including OysetFest, Skookum Rotary, and the Downtown Visioning Committee
  • Patty Case, Green Diamond Resource Company