Bart Phillips is stepping down from his role as CEO for OneRedmond. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Bart Phillips is stepping down from his role as CEO for OneRedmond. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Phillips to step down as CEO of OneRedmond

He came to Redmond from Vancouver, Washington with more than 20 years of experience in economic development.

OneRedmond CEO Bart Phillips announced he is leaving the public/private partnership on Monday.

His more than five years of service as OneRedmond’s first CEO began in October 2013 when he moved from Vancouver, Washington with 20 years of economic development experience. Phillips has worked on numerous economic development councils and helped pass semiconductor incentives in state legislation.

“We’ve had a very impactful run over the past five years,” Phillips said. “I think it’s a good time for a transition for myself and the partnership.”

Phillips wrote a letter announcing his departure to investors, saying he plans other pursuits in economic development and entrepreneurship.

“We have been innovative and responsive such as our work on community development,” Phillips wrote. “The Innovation Triangle and more recently our new initiative on development of middle-income housing.”

OneRedmond’s vice president of business expansion and executive director, Kristina Hudson, is currently fulfilling the role and running day-to-day operations. According to Phillips, the OneRedmond board has not yet looked into finding a successor for his position, but Hudson may take over the responsibilities under a different title.

Prior to his service at OneRedmond, Phillips worked with Innovate Washington, a state-led economic development entity.

“I have been fortunate throughout my career to work in forward-thinking environments with committed professionals that make coming to work in the morning enjoyable and memorable,” Phillips wrote.

He mentioned in his letter how Redmond is unique among other cities.

“Yes, things are different here. Cloud, interactive media, enterprise software, space-based internet, virtual reality and in so many others, we lead the world,” Phillips wrote. “The city of Redmond and our 85 private business investors understand that our current economic prosperity, driven by technology and entrepreneurship is a blessing but not an entitlement. There are lessons abound for those who refute this axiom. Think Detroit or closer to home, Forks.”

Phillips was brought on to essentially start OneRedmond and establish the partnership within the community.

“It has been my privilege to work for a public/ private partnership that strives to maintain and promote the economic vitality of the most vibrant tech led economy in the world, Redmond, Washington,” Phillips wrote to OneRedmond investors. “OneRedmond, with your support stood up, from scratch, a robust organization focused on business expansion, recruitment, workforce development and community development.”


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