Hannah McIntosh has been hired to fill the newly created role of economic development coordinator at TwispWorks. The position was made possible through a grant from Methow Valley Long Term Recovery (MVLTR).
McIntosh will focus on identifying and implementing opportunities for economic recovery and resilience in the Methow Valley in response to the 2014-2015 wildfires, according to a TwispWorks press release.
She will engage with local business owners to understand opportunities, strengths and areas where assistance is needed, according to the release, and will also work closely with broader countywide efforts around economic recovery to ensure the needs of the local business community are reflected.
“Providing services and support for businesses during times of crisis has never been more important to the health of the Methow Valley,” said Don Linnertz, executive director of TwispWorks.
McIntosh has more than 15 years of experience in major project management, community development, transportation planning and public policy. Most recently, she led the development of a 10-year strategic plan for Seattle transportation, and was involved in the successful passage of the largest transportation funding measure in Seattle history in her role as chief of staff for the Seattle Department of Transportation.
McIntosh has a master’s degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in development studies, and from the University of Washington, in urban planning.
Having grown up in the Carson Valley, Nevada, a ranching and outdoor recreation community in the shadow of the Sierras, McIntosh is familiar with the unique needs of rural communities, the TwispWorks press release said. She recently relocated from Seattle to Twisp with her husband and 4-year old son.