Garry Clark

Clark has been in the economic development field for 15 years. In early 2019, Clark published his first work as a published author, with the memoir, Unlikely Viking – From the D.C. Projects to Rural Nebraska.  Clark completed a TedxOmaha Talk at Creighton University in 2019, his talk was titled, “Running shoes, Food stamps, and Cornfields “, the talk can be found on YouTube. Clark currently works as the President & CEO at Economic Alliance Snohomish County, which is the county north of Seattle, Washington. Snohomish County represents 820,000 people. Prior to his move to Washington State, Clark led the Greater Fremont Development Council, in Fremont, Nebraska as its President & CEO for 3 years. Clark also served in the same role Cuming County, Nebraska for 6 years. Clark currently serves as the Past President of the National Rural Economic Developer’s Association. Clark also joined the Washington Economic Developers Association’s board of directors in 2021, Aerospace Future Alliance board in Seattle, and is a Leadership Nebraska Alum.

In late, 2018, Clark was awarded the Midland Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award for his aggressive workforce housing efforts in Fremont, Nebraska. Garry received his BA in Sociology from Dana College, Blair, N.E. and his Master of Science in Urban Studies/Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Although his Alma mater (Dana College) is no more, Garry was inducted into the Dana College Hall of Fame for Track and Field in 2010 and received the Outstanding Young Alum Award in 2018. He holds 11 records (most ever in the school’s history) and was the first male National Champion for Dana College. Prior to his work in Nebraska, Clark started out as a City Planner-Mainstreet Manager and Economic Development Specialist in Florida and in Washington, D.C.

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