OPG’s Rose honored as an economic champion

From left, Jon Rose of Olympic Property Group and Tim Thomson of the Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance are 2014 Kitsap Economic Development Champions.  - Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
From left, Jon Rose of Olympic Property Group and Tim Thomson of the Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance are 2014 Kitsap Economic Development Champions.
— image credit: Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

BREMERTON — Olympic Property Group president Jon Rose was named a 2014 Kitsap Economic Development Champion at the annual meeting of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance.

The annual meeting was March 20 at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Bremerton.

The other honoree, Tim Thomson, was honored for his leadership of Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance, Puget Sound Naval Base Association and the Port of Bremerton.

Rose was credited with the rebirth of Port Gamble, the development of the Wright Creek Business Park in Bremerton, his advocacy for an extensive trails network in Kitsap, and his work on the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project.

Pope Resources, of which Olympic Property Group is the real estate arm, is a principal in the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. Pope wants to sell its nearly 7,000 acres of North Kitsap forest land, but worked with other project advocates to raise money to help the public buy the land so it can be kept as habitat and recreational open space.

“Jon’s vision for how Kitsap can be and his persistence to create that vision were noted as driving forces for his projects,” according to KEDA.

Other highlights of the meeting: Board chairwoman Julie Tappero of West Sound Workforce passed her gavel to Steve Politakis of Kitsap Bank. The following were elected to the KEDA Board of Directors:

— Linda Brown, CEO, The Doctors Clinic (returning director).

— John Gardner, dean, Bainbridge Graduate Institute (returning director).

— Elliot Gregg, president, Kitsap Credit Union (returning director).

— Bob Guyt, principal, Rice Fergus Miller (returning director).

— Erin Leedham, general manager, Kitsap Mall (new director).

— Brent Morris, publisher, Kitsap Sun (new director).

— Chris Rieland, president and CEO, Pacific NW Title (current director).

— Julie Tappero, president, West Sound Workforce (current director).

Additionally, the 2014 KEDA board officers were elected:

— Chairman: Steve Politakis, CEO, Kitsap Bank.

— Vice chairman: Ben Anderson, CEO and president, Art Anderson Associates.

— Treasurer: Bob Guyt, principal, Rice Fergus Miller.

— Immediate Past President: Julie Tappero, president, West Sound Workforce.

An expansion of KEDA’s media campaign, #KitsapConnected Digital Ambassadors, was introduced at the meeting. Digital ambassadors are being sought to help tell the Kitsap story through social media.

A review of 2013 showed an upward trend in: — Number of private investors.

— The announcement of aerospace composites manufacturer Omohundro’s relocation to Kitsap County.

— Continued social media engagement.

— Accomplishments by Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance.

— Accomplishments by Kitsap Economic Development Alliance in assisting businesses in retention, expansion and recruitment.

— More than $34 million in federal government contracts were awarded to Kitsap Procurement Technical Assistance Center clients in 2013.

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance is a private nonprofit 501(c)(6) corporation providing client-based professional business and economic development services. Founded in June 1983, KEDA’s goal is, according to its website, “to attract and retain jobs and investments in Kitsap County that generate


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