Perry Shea has a passion for ideas. Creating, strategizing and implementing are his life blood. He has harnessed this passion into dynamic leadership of both a fast-growing engineering and planning firm and leading one of Washington State’s most effective Economic Development Councils. While an engineer by training, Perry is an entrepreneur through and through. His early passion for innovation in transportation helped him pave the way for the design and construction of Washington’s first roundabout. Today he uses his creativity and experience to expand the clientele and service areas of SCJ Alliance and create unique approaches to complex projects.
As the President of the Thurston County Economic Development Council(EDC), Perry contributes to the prosperity of his community. He led a strategic planning effort that resulted in positioning the Council to foster economic progress, drive investment in the community, and cultivate new market opportunities that are sustainable and dynamic. The key focus of Perry’s role at SCJ and the EDC is to recruit, retain and expand. In the Spring of 2017 Perry embodied this commitment when he traveled to China representing Thurston County and the EDC to several investment groups seeking opportunities in the U.S.
Perry’s commitment to economic development and innovation has been a key factor in the transformation of SCJ from a three person start up to an 80 person company with five office locations in just over 10 years. The company has built a reputation for creative planning and engineering strategies that become catalysts for community investment.