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EDASC Weekly Update February 20

Week of February 20


Skagit County’s Clean Tech Sector: Exploring Trends and Opportunities

Clean tech is an important focus for economic development in Skagit County. What is currently happening in Skagit County to support green businesses and innovation, and how this region can become a leader in developing products, technologies, and ideas that advance sustainability while supporting a resilient economy.

Join Transition Fidalgo & Friends for a discussion and community supper on February 27, at 5:45 pm at the Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St. Sean Connell, EDASC Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness, will share perspectives on these topics and ongoing developments in Skagit County.

More information here.


Understand the Drivers of Your Business & Become the Master of Your Financial Future

Join EDASC, the Washington Small Business Development Center, and the National Development Council on March 22 for a workshop aimed at helping you understand your business and how you can prepare for the growth of your business.

The NDC is an authority on small business development and finance, as well as the new owners of the Skagit County Revolving Loan Fund.

Mar 22 – Ideas@Work: Cash Reigns Supreme with the National Development Council


EDASC Professional Development

EDASC supports business leaders through an array of professional development offerings, intended for anyone from entrepreneurs to experienced executives looking for new skills.

Feb 27 – NextExec Meeting: Creating Constructive Climate and Culture

Feb 28 – Contracting and Marketing Government Essentials 


Lend Your Input on the Museum of Northwest Art’s Future

Please join MoNA on February 21 at 7:00 pm to discuss the next steps for MoNA. 
MoNA developed a strategic business plan two years ago that was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees. MoNA would like to discuss options with the community in a series of sessions to be held over the next several weeks.  This listening tour is one opportunity to share with the Museum your personal vision, to answer your questions, and to help find a way forward to secure the museum’s future.  

More information about MoNA and the content that will be discussed can be found on their website.

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9am – Economic agents and economic development

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EDASC Events & Workshops


Feb 27 – NextExec Meeting: Creating Constructive Climate and Culture
Feb 28 – Contracting and Marketing Government Essentials
Mar 7 – Workforce Development Monthly Workshop: Managing a Diverse Workforce Part 1: Self Examination 
Mar 22 – Ideas@Work: Cash Reigns Supreme with the National Development Council
Apr 4 – Workforce Development Monthly Workshop: Managing a Diverse Workforce Part 2: Organizational Examination


Outside Workshops and Trade Shows

March 1 – U.S.-China-Japan Trade Relations in the New World Order (with Sean Connell, in Seattle)

March 6 – Preparing for Takeoff: Small business startup and the Self-Employment Assistance Program

March 7 – Corporate Executive Briefing Series: Marketing Your Business in China

March 26 – Washington Trade Summit in Seattle

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

March 29 – Grow Your Business Internationally (How to get $5,000 to get started exporting!)

April 4 – Preparing for Takeoff: Small business startup and the Self-Employment Assistance Program

April 19 – Creating Export Success with Jim Foley

April 23-27 – Hannover MesseIndustry 4.0 Showcase in Germany.


Community Events

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

Feb 21 – Burlington Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon

Feb 28 – Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon

March 31 – Skagit Farm to Pint FEST tickets are on sale now!

April 7 – Spring Wine Festival in Anacortes

April 21-22 – Free Anacortes Earth Day Celebration – FutureFest 

May 17-20 – Anacortes Boat and Yacht Show


Skagit County in the News

Some local school bonds passed and others did not.

The City of Anacortes is looking for a representative of a business required to collect the lodging tax who is interested in tourism and economic development to join their Lodging Tax Committee.

The Central Skagit Library and Sedro-Woolley Public Library are consolidating in preparation for their new home: the Central Skagit Sedro-Woolley Library.

Skagit County locals went to Puerto Rico with the Washington Conservation Corps to provide hurricane relief.

Skagit Land Trust has secured protection of Guemes Island’s Kelly’s Point and Yellow Bluff.

The State has passed a ban on non-native and Atlantic salmon net pens. The fate of the Atlantic salmon industry has been debated since the release of hundreds of thousands of farmed salmon after a Cooke Aquaculture pen off of Cypress Island failed, with local tribes and fishermen finding Atlantic salmon going up the Skagit River.

Cairnspring Mills has found its home at the Port of Skagit, helping farmers and customers receive higher incomes and more nutritious flour, respectively.

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