The Clallam County Economic Development Corporation has a new leader spearheading the organization that looks to both assist existing county businesses and recruit new business entities to the region.
The EDC board last week announced the hiring of Robert Schroeter as the organization’s new executive director and chief executive officer. He will assume responsibilities on May 1.
Douglas Sellon, who has been serving as interim executive director, will remain the organization’s chairman.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Bob joining the EDC in this important leadership role,” Sellon said. “Bob is a very skillful communicator who brings people and organizations together through cooperation and collaboration.”
Schroeter holds a law degree from Gonzaga University and has over 20 years’ experience in various roles in private and public management, serving as Comcast Director of Government Affairs in Oregon and Director of Operational Support at the Washington State Liquor &Cannabis Board.
“The greatest attraction for me is the dedication of the Clallam EDC board members and staff, their vision for the future, and the immense local pride and community support,” Schroeter said.
“From an economic standpoint, there is real opportunity to build on the historic strength of our communities, the strong foundation for business success and the unique beauty of Clallam County.”
In his most recent role, he was the executive director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts where he was responsible for organizational management, policy and statewide leadership of the organization.
The Clallam County Economic Development Corporation is a private nonprofit 501(c)6 organization assisting businesses in Clallam County since 1985. It was restructured at the beginning of 2014 to become a “more nimble organization” with a mission to both assist existing county businesses and recruit new businesses to the region.
According to EDC sources, private sector support for the organization also has grown from 32 businesses in 2014 to more than 115 in 2016. Schroeter will be responsible for the ongoing management of these and other programs.