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Region 4 is hosted by the Economic Alliance Snohomish County and serves Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties.


The Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is a nonprofit serving as a combined economic development organization and a countywide chamber of commerce. We bring together private-public partners to create a unified voice for Snohomish County.


808 134th St. SW, Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204

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Phone: (425) 248-4223
Fax: (425) 743-5726

PTAC Advisors at EASC

About Cara Buckingam – WA PTAC Counselor


Cara Buckingham has joined our team at the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County.  As the new Procurement Technical Assistance Center Counselor (PTAC), Buckingham will assist our area’s small businesses to understand how to find, bid, win and perform on government contracts.

Buckingham most recently worked for Birch Equipment Rental and Sales 

where, among other roles, she helped build relationships with supplier diversity and procurement officers in the private and public sectors. Additionally, she tracked small business programs to help pursue government contracts. Buckingham has been a member of the AGC of Washington Diversity and Inclusion Committee and served for three years on the Washington State Business Diversity Advisory Group which improved small business access to state procurement markets.

Prior to working for Birch Equipment, Buckingham worked in marketing and P.R for the shopping center industry and, before that, as a broadcast journalist in radio and television. As a communications professional, she enjoys connecting people and resources to help them meet their professional and/or personal goals.

When not at work, you can find Buckingham running the trails in Bellingham, plotting her next epic hiking adventure, promoting her author-husband’s work, and as a recent empty-nester, trying new activities from improv theater to golf.  

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