Swenson hired by Strategies 360
By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Marysville Globe Reporter
June 2, 2010 · 10:58 AM
MARYSVILLE — Mary Swenson, former chief administrative officer for the city of Marysville, has joined Strategies 360 as a senior advisor.
Spokespersons for Strategies 360 described Swenson as someone who will bring a lifetime of government and business acumen to the firm's clients, and who knows how to develop strategies to help create economic growth and jobs in communities around the Pacific Northwest. According to those spokespersons, her hiring is part of the firm's focus on growing its municipal government relations practice.
"We're thrilled to bring Mary on board," said Ron Dotzauer, Strategies 360 co-founder and CEO. "Mary's expertise and strategic counsel will be invaluable to our clients. Her regional connections are incredible, but her knowledge of how to get things done is even better."
As Marysville's chief administrative officer, Swenson oversaw a period of rapid growth and economic development in Marysville, resulting in increased revenues and amenities for the city. During her tenure, Marysville became one of the fastest growing cities in the state, expanding from 4,700 to its current population of 58,000. She also worked closely with the Tulalip Tribes and other government, business and community organizations to ensure that the city served its citizens. She retired in March of this year, after a 32-year career with the city.
"As Strategies 360 continues growing throughout the Western states, we look forward to working with more municipal clients who can benefit from our unique combination of services," said Eric Sorenson, Strategies 360 co-founder and president.
Swenson guided the development of master plans for three distinct areas within Marysville, laying the foundation for industrial development, additional retail development and revitalization of the downtown business district. Following implementation of the city's economic development strategy, three major retail centers opened and boosted city retail sales and use taxes by more than 52 percent in two years.
Swenson also oversaw several economic development committees in Marysville that streamlined the permitting process to provide predictability within the development community. The city's Community Development Department gained a reputation for being one of the most efficient permitting jurisdictions within the state.
Swenson is a past president of the Washington Cities Insurance Authority and has served on the boards of the Washington City/County Management Association and the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the Marysville Noon Rotary Club, International City/County Management Association and Washington City/County Management Association.Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.