Emily Smith

Director of Business Recruitment (Consultant)
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Nic Thurston

Director of Communications (Consultant)
Nic Thurston grew up in Rochester, New York and completed his Master's Degree in Communication at the University of Kentucky. Nic has extensive experience as a writer, graphic designer, web developer and technology  throughout both his adult life as well as his childhood. He has recently arrived in Moses Lake, Washington with his wife and... Read More

Joseph Akers

Director of Business Retention and Expansion
Joseph was born in Portland, Oregon eventually moving to Moses Lake in 1989 after living in multiple places within the Pacific Northwest during his childhood. After graduating from Moses Lake High School in 1991, Joseph began his search for what to do with his life, along the way he tried his hand as a Firefighter,... Read More

Rebecca Nelson

Nelson started at the GCEDC in March of 2017. She was born and raised in the Columbia Basin and spent most of her life in the area commuting for nearly two years to and from Ellensburg to complete her degrees. Nelson attended Big Bend Community College and received her Direct Transfer Associate in 2008 and... Read More

Brant Mayo

Executive Director
Brant's family moved to Moses Lake in 1975, were he was raised, graduated from both Moses Lake High School and Big Bend Community College. Brant married Penny Talcott also from Moses Lake in 1997, with whom he has two teenage daughters who are very involved in their school, athletics and 4-H. Brant was hired as... Read More

Allan Peterson

Business Development Manager
Allan Peterson is the Certified Business Adviser and Certified Global Business Professional at the office of the Grant County Economic Development Council. He serves businesses in Grant, Adams and portions of Lincoln counties. Allan provides confidential no charge counseling to start ups and existing businesses. Allan is the founder of the Artisan Craft Distilling Institute... Read More

*Personal Views of the Staff & Directors do not reflect the views of the Grant County Economic Development Council