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Posted on Oct 2, 2015

GCEDC director resigns, headed to Yakima

MOSES LAKE – Grant County Economic Development Council announced that its executive director, Jonathan Smith, has resigned to become the president and CEO for New Vision Yakima County Development Association.

GCEDC Board President Juanita Richards, said that this is a time of mixed emotions for the organization. “We very excited for Jonathan and the new opportunity ahead for him and his family,” said Juanita Richards, board president of the EDC. “We are also very sad to say good-bye. Jon has been a big part of the organization for the past 10 years and will be missed.”

The EDC plans to retain a search firm to help the organization choose Smith’s successor. The goal is to have a new executive director on-board in early 2016, Richards said. Smith starts with New Vision October 21st.

In his time with Grant County, Smith has assisted more than a dozen companies in relocating or expanding in Grant County. These companies have spent over $1.5 billion in construction of new facilities and have created over 1,000 full time jobs that pay approximately $55 million in annual wages and salaries. Smith also has assisted local municipalities and governments is securing over $25 million in funding for infrastructure projects to support business and job growth throughout the region.

Smith said of Quincy, “Quincy is a posterchild of successful rural economic development. The port and city are very proactive. Instead of waiting to see what the city will become they use all the means available to them to create the community they want to have. I have learned so much from working with the port commissioners and the city.”


— By Jill FitzSimmons,