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EDASC Skagit Insight: December 2017

EDASC sees much promise in Washington Maritime Blue for local economy

EDASC recognizes the importance of Washington Maritime Blue, its significance to the economy of Washington State and Skagit County, and the opportunities this will create for local businesses and employees.

On December 11, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee launched a long-term agenda to make Washington State’s maritime industry the nation’s leader in sustainable practices by 2050. The state will work with businesses, academic institutions, ports, Maritime Labor, Economic, and Workforce Development organizations to strengthen and maintain their leadership role in the maritime industry. The Washington Maritime Blue strategy will be supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration through a grant of $500,000 matched by state and local funds.

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Latino Leadership Initiative Orientation

The Latino Leadership Initiative seeks to empower young Latinos to put them on a path to become leaders. The LLI Orientation on December 16 at Edmonds Community College was a tribute to the overwhelming cooperation, engagement, acceptance and vision of our community.  This year, a record number of forty-two students are participating in the program from Skagit Valley College, Everett Community College and Edmonds Community College, resulting from the passion of students seeking inclusion as well as the outstanding recruiting efforts of Alison Fernandez, Diana Bustos and Rosario Reyes.  

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Join NEXTExec for our 2018 Program!

NextExec 2.0 is an ongoing professional development program providing leadership and management curriculum, workshops, and mentoring. Participation in NextExec includes monthly (12) workshops, program materials, online resources, quarterly tours and regular networking opportunities.

More information and registration


As part of EDASC’s Skagit Industry Cluster Working Group initiative, Andrew Miller has been working with the Skagit Audubon Society and community partners to highlight the birds that flock to the Skagit Valley every winter. 

EDASC sees this as an opportunity to utilize Skagit County’s populations of migratory geese, cranes, and eagles to draw in tourists much like the Tulip Festival has in the spring. Tourism will bring money to small businesses operating in those areas and funding for local governments.

Goskagit.com has more information!


Skagit County Economic & Employment Data Update

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), Skagit County’s unemployment rate was 4.8% in November 2017 (not seasonally adjusted).  This is an increase from the unemployment rate of 4.5% in October 2017, and a decrease of 1.6% from November 2016 unemployment levels. Skagit County’s unemployment remains slightly higher than the state unemployment rate of 4.5% (seasonally adjusted) and national rate of 4.1% (seasonally adjusted) in November 2017. 

Skagit County’s civilian labor force totaled 60,408 in November 2017, which was an increase of 3.3% year on year. Of this total, non-farm employment totaled 57,508 (not seasonally adjusted), a slight decrease from the previous month, and an increase of 2810 workers on a year-over-year basis. 

More detailed information on current employment in Skagit County is available through ESD, the Northwest Workforce Council, and EDASC’s website.

December 2017


EDASC Events & Workshops

Jan 8 – L&I Information Session: Stay at Work and Preferred Worker Programs
Jan 10 – Workforce Development Monthly Workshop: Communication: The Key to Being a Great Lead, Supervisor or Manager
Jan 17 – Laying the Groundwork: An Introduction to Government Procurement
Jan 18 –  NextTech Tech Talk Monthly Meetup: Economic Forecast
Feb 7 – Workforce Development Monthly Workshop: Employer Law Update
Feb 8 – Economic Forecast Night 2018
Feb 15 – NextTech Tech Talk Monthly Meetup: Open Source Projects
Feb 18 – Contracting and Marketing Government Essentials


Community Announcements

To have your announcement included in the next newsletter, send details to office@skagit.org.

March 26-28 – Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit (Seattle): Export Vouchers Available

April 23-27 – Hannover Messe: Industry 4.0 Showcase in Germany. Discount rate ends this month.


Janicki Industries receives 24 month Nadcap accreditation

Janicki Industries’ Hamilton facility is one of four in Washington State to be certified for 24 months by independent auditors to supply high-quality materials for aerospace and defense industry purposes. 

Learn more at compositesworld.com


Recognition of Board Members’ Service

On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, EDASC marked the occasion of three board members’ final board meeting and presented plaques to Gregg Davidson, Julie Blazek, and Anthony Young. They are leaving the board after many years of dedicated service. We appreciate their contributions to EDASC and community-wide.

EDASC would like to take the time to thank all of our current, past, and future board members and volunteers for their service and dedication to our mission and to the future of Skagit County’s economy.

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Skagit County in the News

Skagit County employers prepare for the paid sick leave law, but most do not see an effect on business.

Chuckanut Brewery is releasing three new beers for the new year, using local ingredients like Skagit Valley Malt.

Anacortes historical artifact ‘La Merced’ at Lovric’s turns 100 years old this year. Learn more about how this schooner become a memorable part of your drive out to the ferries.

Skagit County has seen an increase in multifamily housing. If this trend increases or holds, Skagit County would find relief from a shortage of affordable housing. A lack of affordable housing has been identified as a county-wide issue since 2015.

Northwest Workforce Council wins nearly $1 million in federal funding to support young adult skills training in Skagit County. EDASC is overjoyed to have been part of the application process for this grant.

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