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EDASC Weekly Update January 2

Economic Forecast Night: Ticket Sales Open!

On February 8, 500+ guests come together at McIntyre Hall for a panel review of the economic trends shaping Skagit County and the world’s economy today and tomorrow.

General admission tickets are $75 each. Signature investors (Gold and above) and event sponsors receive complimentary tickets. For more information please contact Colleen.

Visit our website to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and to buy tickets

Sponsorships start at $1,500 and include VIP seating and tickets to the VIP “Meet and Greet” with the speakers before the event.


L&I Information Session and Workforce Development

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


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 and La Conner Weekly News have stories


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

EDASC Events & Workshops


Jan 17 – Laying the Groundwork: An Introduction to Government Procurement
Jan 18 – EDASC’s Annual Investor Meeting – come elect your board members!
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.

Jan 11 – Multi-Chamber After Hours, 5:30 pm @ Land Title and Escrow in Burlington

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

April 23-27 – Hannover MesseIndustry 4.0 Showcase in GermanyDiscount rate ends this month.


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 became 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.

Cascadiaweekly.com has featured Skagit County twice last week. One talks about things to do in Anacortes, and the other about local artists in Edison and Mount Vernon. 

Skagit County has passed its 2018 budget. See what’s inside!

Skagit Valley Malting is helping a local distiller reach back to whisky tradition by using Washington peat to smoke their malted barley.

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