George Sharp has been described as being passionate about “helping communities, organizations, and small businesses succeed,” which is likely one of the contributing factors to him being named the Washington Economic Development Association’s Economic Development Advocate of the Year.

George Sharp, center, is Washington Economic Development Association’s Economic Development Advocate of the Year. Photo courtesy of Thurston Economic Development Council.

George Sharp, center, is Washington Economic Development Association’s Economic Development Advocate of the Year. Photo courtesy of Thurston Economic Development Council.

Sharp serves as the Rural Program Manager for the Thurston Economic Development Council and has served the EDC since February 2016. Within his role as the rural program manager, Sharp oversees development initiatives in Bucoda, Grand Mound, Rainier, Rochester, Tenino, and Yelm. He’s also involved in the Shop South Local Buy Local Program.

“George’s efforts have led to a demonstrably improved economy in the County’s southern communities through his STEDI leadership,” said John Millard, City of Tenino Clerk-Treasurer, in a statement. “A consortium focused on long-range economic and community development in the rural areas of Thurston County, STEDI is committed to creating a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the values of the people who live and work throughout Thurston County and George works tirelessly to further STEDI goals.”

The Washington Economic Development Association held its award ceremony at its Winter Conference earlier this month in Olympia.