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EDASC Updates and Announcements

Join the Skagit County Community Conversation on Housing


You are invited to join a Skagit County Community Conversation on November 9, when the Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) and Skagit County Public Health and Housing department will be presenting data, ideas and opportunities related to housing in Skagit County.

SCOG Executive Director Kevin Murphy will present the findings of and discuss his thoughts on the recently published county-wide housing study commissioned by the SCOG board.  EDASC CEO John Sternlicht will discuss the housing needs of county employers and economic impact of available housing for economic development, in addition to sharing his thoughts on several nationally recognized housing initiative benchmarks.  Kayla Schott-Bresler from the Skagit County Housing, Homeless Services, & Community Development Office will discuss the opportunities and limitations of public policy levers in support of increasing the housing stock, as well as county-level efforts currently in motion to mitigate the current housing crisis.  A panel of real estate, development and public policy stakeholders will discuss housing issues and opportunities from their perspective and take questions from the audience.

This meeting will take place on November 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater, 712 S. 1st Street, Mount Vernon.  For more information, contact Andrew Miller, EDASC Director of Business Retention and Expansion, at andrew@skagit.org.




Skagit Industry Cluster Working Group Meetings Back in Action!


The Skagit County Industry Cluster Working Groups are back in action this fall to continue collective efforts to advance the Skagit County economy across key sectors.  Upcoming meetings are listed below, with additional working group meeting dates in November and December to be announced.  We welcome any and all comers to these meetings.  For more information, contact Andrew Miller, EDASC Director of Business Retention and Expansion, at andrew@skagit.org.

Location:  All meetings will take place at EDASC’s offices, 204 W. Montgomery, Mount Vernon.

Outdoor Recreation:  TODAY!  October 18, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Non-Profits & NGOs:  October 19, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Manufacturing:  October 20, 9:00 -10:00 a.m.
Conservation, Environment, & Natural Resources:  October 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Lenders, Insurance and Financial Professionals:  October 25, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Agriculture, Value-Added Ag & Food:  October 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Health & Wellness:  November 8, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Maritime:  TBA
Real Estate:  TBA
Arts, Culture, Events & Entertainment:  TBA
Tourism:  TBA

Critical Infrastructure, Logistics, and Transportation:  TBA




DATE CHANGE:  EDASC Investor Appreciation Celebration now on November 13


EDASC has rescheduled its Investor Appreciation Celebration originally planned for November 14 to November 13, in order to avoid scheduling conflict with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Poster Unveiling Event that is also planned for November 14.

The Investor Appreciation Celebration is free to all EDASC investors!  Please visit EDASC’s website to register and for more information about this fun event, which is a chance for all of us at EDASC to say thank you.  If it’s time to renew your investment in EDASC, this is a great opportunity to continue your support in our efforts to advance a sustainable Skagit County economy.




Skagit County in the News


Snow geese have arrived in the Skagit Valley (Seattle Times)
USDA approves Washington’s picks for crop grants (Capital Press)



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