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New Vision, the Yakima County Development Association, announced today that longtime President Dave McFadden has resigned to become the Port of Seattle’s Economic Development Director.
According to Board Chair Diane Patterson it is a bittersweet moment for the development association. “We are very happy for Dave – this is an outstanding new opportunity for him. At the same time we will miss him. He has been highly effective leading our association and making a difference for our Valley.”
McFadden echoed Patterson’s sentiments. “It was a very difficult decision because I love our community. I was not looking for a job and only learned about the Port’s position a couple weeks ago. As I discussed the job with the Port it became obvious that this is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Patterson said New Vision plans to retain a search firm to help the association choose McFadden’s successor. “We want to find the best person possible to lead our team. New Vision has helped dozens of companies expand or locate in Yakima County and we want to continue our work to build vibrant diverse communities. We believe the work of New Vision is vital for the economic health of the Yakima Valley.”
Ted Fick, the Port of Seattle’s Chief Executive Officer, said McFadden will fill a new position at the Port. “David brings over 20 years of experience in economic development and business growth to this organization. His results-oriented background makes him uniquely qualified to fill this new role at the Port of Seattle, where we aim to bring more family-wage jobs to the region and state of Washington.”
McFadden plans to start his new position towards the end of July.