Betty Nokes Capestany has been selected to serve as Pierce County’s new economic development director, the county announced.

“I’m delighted to welcome Betty to Pierce County,” said County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “When nearly half of our residents travel out of the county for their jobs, it is imperative we create family-wage jobs right here in the South Sound. I’m confident the combination of Betty’s impressive track record of fostering economic development and her ability to create strong partnerships will work to the benefit of Pierce County residents and businesses.”

Betty Capestany

Betty Nokes Capestany. Photo by Rachel Coward.

Prior to accepting the new position, Capestany served as the president and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce for 17 years.

In her previous role, she helped guide Bellevue through two difficult economic periods — the shuttering of internet startups and the great recession. During the nearly two decades she spent in the city, 3 million square feet of new class A office space was added, thousands of jobs were created, and billions of dollars were invested.

“Betty leaves the Chamber as a healthy, robust, and prosperous organization,” James Hill, chairman of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Board, said in a statement yesterday.

Capestany’s additional work experience includes serving as the director of economic development for the City of Renton and the president and CEO of the Greater Renton Chamber of Commerce.

“I am embarking on a new adventure as Economic Development Director for Pierce County,” Capestany said in a farewell statement to the Bellevue Chamber. “In this new role, I will have the opportunity to continue our work on larger regional strategies of attracting and retaining talent as well as transportation and other infrastructure issues.”

She joined the Pierce County staff on July 2.