Chapter 2.50
BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

Sections:

2.50.010    Created.

2.50.020    Membership.

2.50.030    Meetings.

2.50.040    Duties and responsibilities.

2.50.050    City staff support.

2.50.010 Created.

There is hereby created a citizen board, to be called the Burien business and economic development partnership, consisting of 14 appointed members, and one nonvoting ex officio member who shall be the city manager, to provide advice to the city council on Burien’s economic development through review of, and recommendations for improvement to, economic development components of the city’s comprehensive plan, and to make recommendations to the city council on other economic development programs and priorities. [Ord. 258 § 1, 1999; Ord. 114 § 1, 1995]

2.50.020 Membership.

(1) Number, Terms and Qualifications of Members. The partnership shall consist of 11 appointed members and three nonvoting ex officio members. Appointed members shall serve four-year terms running from April 1st through March 31st, or until a member’s successor is duly appointed and confirmed. The appointments shall be staggered with every odd-numbered year, half of the members due for reappointment or replacement.

The voting membership shall be selected with a goal of having predominantly business representation. To the extent available, representation should include applicants from the following areas serving Burien:

(a) Business owners, managers and employees;

(b) Commercial property owners;

(c) Chambers of commerce and merchants’ associations;

(d) Burien city residents;

(e) Employment and job training services;

(f) Education;

(g) Others with interest in Burien.

In addition, a representative from Discover Burien, the Seattle Southside Chamber, and the King County Labor Council shall be nonvoting ex officio members.

(2) Appointment. Members of the partnership shall be appointed by the city council in a manner consistent with the council’s appointment procedures. Members shall be selected without respect to political affiliation and shall serve without compensation. Employees of the city of Burien are not eligible.

(3) There shall be a term limit of two consecutive full terms. After a two-year absence, members may be reappointed.

(4) Removal. Members may be removed by a majority vote of the entire city council. The decision of the city council shall be final and there shall be no appeal therefrom. Members may be removed if they have absences totaling 25 percent of the regularly scheduled meetings for the calendar year or three consecutive unexcused absences. Members may also be removed if they are found by the majority of the whole council, or at the recommendation of the BEDP, to have violated the BEDP code of conduct.

(5) Vacancies. Vacancies occurring other than through the expiration of the term shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as for appointments as provided in this chapter. [Ord. 687 § 1 (Exh. A), 2018; Ord. 566 § 2, 2012; Ord. 258 § 2, 1999; Ord. 114 § 2, 1995]

2.50.030 Meetings.

(1) The partnership shall hold such regular and special meetings as may be necessary to complete its responsibilities. The partnership shall elect from among its members a chair who shall preside at all meetings and a vice chair who shall preside in the absence of the chair. A majority of the partnership members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and a majority vote of those present shall be necessary to carry any motion. Staff will prepare meeting agendas with advice from the chair.

(2) The partnership shall adopt bylaws and such rules and regulations as are necessary for the conduct of its business, subject to approval by the city council. [Ord. 566 § 2, 2012; Ord. 258 § 3, 1999; Ord. 114 § 3, 1995]

2.50.040 Duties and responsibilities.

The partnership shall be an advisory body to the city council responsible for providing advice on Burien’s economic growth and development. Duties of the partnership shall include:

(1) Make recommendations annually for changes to the Burien comprehensive plan that promote and enhance economic development;

(2) Make recommendations on economic development programs and priorities;

(3) Provide periodic reports to the city council; submit an annual work program to the city council for approval; provide a year-end annual report of the progress made in implementing the work program and on the status of economic development planning in the city; and

(4) Such other duties as assigned by the city council. [Ord. 258 § 4, 1999; Ord. 114 § 4, 1995]

2.50.050 City staff support.

Administrative staff support shall be provided by the economic development manager or any other designee of the city manager. Said staff support shall be responsible for the agenda packets, written record of the proceedings of the partnership, and such other support as necessary to enable the partnership to conduct business and carry out its duties and responsibilities. [Ord. 566 § 2, 2012]