Manager of Research and Evaluation
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County
To get a better sense of emerging industry clusters in Snohomish County, local leaders came together in 2003 to develop “Blueprint 2015.” At the center of the ongoing project between government, education, and workforce/economic development has been EMSI’s analysis. Specifically, Samantha Spitzer of Workforce Development Council Snohomish County informs Blueprint partners on the health and projected growth of local industries. “With EMSI we’re able to back up everything we see in the field with solid data,” Spitzer says. She runs breakdowns of the emerging clusters on a quarterly basis to keep the partners as up-to-date as possible. Thanks to the collaborative effort, Snohomish County has brought in $24 million in grants to help sustain the clusters. The county’s two community colleges have been part of the success: The Edmonds Community College Small Business Development Center has created nearly 300 new jobs since the partnership began, and Everett Community College has launched several new programs to prepare students for work in high-growth clusters.