Vancouver efforts for growth get new leader

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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photoTeresa Brum is the Next manager for economic development in Vancouver

Vancouver has hired a new economic development division manager.

Teresa Brum will start Jan. 27, said Chad Eiken, Vancouver's director of community and economic development director.

Brum, 56, fills a vacancy created when Alisa Pyszka left in May.

Pyszka, who'd supervised the city's economic development division since 2008, now serves as vice president of business recruitment and expansion for Greater Portland Inc., a public-private partnership that promotes business across seven counties in the Portland-Vancouver area.

Brum most recently worked as a consultant based in Spokane, working on statewide planning and commercial development projects, Eiken said Friday.

She previously spent 18 years as the city of Spokane's business and development director.

She'll earn an annual salary of $104,000, Eiken said.

In addition to the general duties of overseeing the city's economic development, Brum will be responsible for redeveloping the waterfront and Block 10, Eiken said, referring to the mixed-use plans for the former Boise Cascade mill site and the last completely empty block in the downtown redevelopment area.

Eiken said he hired Brum from a pool of 50 applicants.

"Teresa's combination of economic development expertise and management experience made her uniquely qualified for this position, and I know she will fit in well with our team," Eiken said.

Brum has a master's degree in urban planning and public administration from Eastern Washington University.

Stephanie Rice: 360-735-4508; stephanie.rice@columbian.com; facebook.com/reporterrice; twitter.com/col_cityhall.