Sequim Gazette staff
After 8 1/2 years on the job as the executive director of the Clallam Economic Development Council, Linda Rotmark is ready to devote her energies to being a more active member of three state boards and to special projects that may come her way. Rotmark announced Oct. 17 her upcoming resignation to the EDC board — she’ll serve through Dec. 31.
“My husband, Royce, retired a couple of year ago but I wanted to get the office stabilized after Teri Martin left in January,” Rotmark said. “After my third appointment to a state board by Gov. Inslee, I thought I can be busy just doing that and pick up a couple of projects. Then it was done, it was figured out.”
In the past two years, Rotmark has been appointed to the Community Economic Revitalization board, which works with cities on public infrastructure and jobs creation; the Western Washington Area Health Education board, which works to provide health education and placements of medical providers in rural areas; and the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Commission, which is dedicated to renewable water energy and preserving fishing and water recreation.
Of the past five years, Rotmark said, “This was really a hard time (for the EDC) to do anything that was apparent, first because of the Great Recession, and second because the original intent of the EDC was to be a conduit for funding and technical assistance. But federal and state funding changed big time. I thought what I could do was to keep Clallam County competitive.”
Rotmark said along with other stakeholders, she helped Clallam County achieve a boost in 2007 by it being named to the state’s Innovation Partnership Zone — it was redesignated as an IPZ in 2011. She also worked with three other EDCs to form a nonprofit that could lend funding to entrepreneurs.
“Being on the CERB board has been important because most recently it granted $500,000 for Port Angeles’ waterfront improvement plan,” Rotmark said.
“I feel my strengths have been building relationships among state, federal and regional stakeholders. I feel like all we can do is make the environment (in Clallam County) as competitive and positive as possible so that public and private businesses can be successful.”