As Economic Development Director, Jordan is responsible for supporting existing and potential businesses within Pioneer Square through economic development strategies, business recruitment, relationship building and exploring entrepreneurial programs.
This month, Jordan talks us through his first few weeks with the Alliance, what he thinks of the neighborhood so far and what he’s looking forward to in the upcoming months.
Since you are new to the team and the community, tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, Pioneer Square friends! I’m Jordan Habenicht, for those I haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet. I grew up in Kirkland but have lived throughout the area for most of my life. Prior to joining the Alliance, I was working at Expedia in business development for the Activities division. During that time, I also attended the Evan’s School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, where I received my Master of Public Administration.
Previously, I served in the Army Reserves as a watercraft operator at the Port of Tacoma, where I mainly served on a medium sized landing craft. My unit’s main mission was to help relocate the village of Newtok in Alaska. The town was home to about 400 people, who were at risk of losing their homes to increased river erosion caused by climate change. Our job was to stage equipment in Bethel, AK and deliver equipment to the new site for the town upriver.
Some of the things I like to do in my spare time are surfing, playing bass guitar (poorly), sim racing, and spending time with my family. I’m also planning on shaping my own surfboard soon! Now, I live in Lynnwood with my wife, two sons (11 & 2), and two dogs.
It’s been a couple of weeks since you joined the team, highlight some things you’ve learned about Pioneer Square during that time?
My favorite thing I’ve observed recently has been how passionate everyone is about Pioneer Square. I see how much it means to the people who live, work, and visit here. It’s been so much fun to hear people’s stories, and the love for the neighborhood shines through. I try to take time to walk through the neighborhood as much as possible so I can begin to be a part of the community. Everyone has been so welcoming, and I’m so excited to connect with more people over the coming months!
In your capacity as Economic Development Director for the Alliance, what are you most excited to be working on/ start working on?
I’m excited to support new and continuing collaborations between neighborhood stakeholders. Some creative examples have been shared with me, and I look forward to building upon the community’s passion. This is a pivotal time for Pioneer Square with several large public and private investments that showcase our resilience and recovery, and will have a positive impact on the neighborhood.
Finally, how do folks connect with you, get to know you better?
I’m eager to hear and meet with people from the community. Feel free to say hi when you see me around the neighborhood, and/or reach out over email to set up a time to chat! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.