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EDASC Weekly Update May 15

Week of May 15


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EDASC Golf Tournament is in Full Swing!

Join us for EDASC’s 31st Annual Golf Tournament on July 20th! This is Skagit County’s golf tournament of the year! Over 200 golfers play in a scramble format where 50+ teams of four compete for the tournament trophy. Hole sponsors delight and entertain at nearly every turn with games, snacks, drinks, freebies, and fun!

Registration for a team of 4 costs $600. Teams who register and pay before June 15 will receive a discount of $100 and their choice of starting hole. Each golf team of 4 receives golfer goodie bags, green fees, golf cart, lunch, and entry to the awards dinner immediately following your fun-filled day of golf.

Sponsorships are available! Please contact Colleen Smiley at Creative Celebrations.

Find more information and forms for registration on our website.


Apply to Leadership Skagit TODAY to Take Advantage of the Early-Bird Discount

Have you considered participating in the Leadership Skagit program? The intensive 9-month curriculum combines leadership skill development with in-depth information, study and discussion on topics critical to the future of our region.  Participants work as a part of a small team to plan, organize and complete a service project that will provide a lasting benefit to our community.  Leadership Skagit alumni continue their leadership journey by working on alumni community projects and serving on non-profit boards, planning commissions and task forces.

The application for the Class of 2019 is now live on skagit.org and we are offering an early-bird discount for applications received before May 15, 2018.


Mount Vernon Featured at Smart Cities Conference

Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau was featured in a masterclass about municipally-owned and maintained broadband networks.

The masterclass was part of the Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley conference in Santa Clara, California. Mayor Boudreau spoke to the success of Mount Vernon’s fiber optic network with other interested city professionals.

EDASC believes that the perseverance of our cities, the ports, and other entities to bring broadband internet access to businesses and residents will increase quality of life and business opportunities across the county.


EDASC Investor Skagit Bank Executive Honored as Parade Marshal

Cheryl Bishop, CEO of Skagit Bank, was named Grand Marshal for the 2018 Berry Dairy Days Festival. Cheryl is a longtime supporter of EDASC and economic development in Skagit County, as well as many other social causes in our region.

Congratulations, Cheryl, Skagit Bank, and Burlington Chamber of Commerce!

Berry Dairy Days takes place June 15-17 and more information can be found here.


YMCA and BrandQuery Receive National Award for Skagit Capital Campaign

EDASC Investor BrandQuery was the marketing lead for Skagit County YMCA’s successful capital campaign to fund a new facility. The new space will have over three times the capacity of the old space and comply with ADA requirements. 

Both organizations were recognized at the North American YMCA Development Organization’s 2018 Conference in New Orleans. 

EDASC Events & Workshops

May 22 – NextExec Meeting: Audit & Compliance

June 6 – Co-Promoted Event: Complying With U.S. Export Controls

June 26NextExec Meeting: Supply Chain & Resource Management

July 20 31st Annual EDASC Golf Tournament & Awards Dinner

July 24 NextExec Meeting: Project Management 101


Outside Workshops and Trade Shows

May 22 – NWIRC Blockchain Technology Workshop at WSU Everett

May 22-24 – Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference

May 22-25 – Washington State Tech Mission – Tokyo

June 5 – Preparing for Takeoff: Small business startup and the Self-Employment Assistance Program

June 13 – Investing in American Jobs – Open Call for New Suppliers by Walmart in Bentonville, AR

June 20-22 – SelectUSA Investment Summit (D.C.)

July 16-22 – Farnborough International Air Show 2018


Community Events

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May 16 – Burlington Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

May 17 – Anacortes Chamber’s Business After Hours

May 17-20 – Anacortes Boat and Yacht Show

May 19 – Taiko Performance & Fundraising Dinner – Anacortes Sister Cities Association

May 23 – Mt Vernon Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon: State of the City by Mayor Jill Boudreau

June 1-2 – Anacortes Chamber Summer Artwalk 2018

June 6 – Our Valley, Our Future Breakfast with Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland

June 6 – Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

June 13 – Mt Vernon Chamber of Commerce Knowledge NOW Educational Lunch

June 14 – Mult-Chamber After Hours

June 20 – Burlington Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

June 27 – Mt Vernon Chamber of Commerce Luncheon


Skagit County in the News

Community Action of Skagit County has received a $50,000 grant from Puget Sound Energy that it will use to install solar panels at its Sedro-Woolley food bank.

Civil Eats names Viva Farms as a resource to our community for their efforts in helping to educate young farmers, notably Latinx farmers, and providing them with the tools they need to succeed.

The Stranger hails Skagit Valley Malting as the most important development for Seattle craft brewing in decades.

Skagit River Brewery and other restaurants will partner with Uber Eats to deliver food to residents of certain Skagit County communities.

The Conway Youth Soccer Association has received generous community support in efforts to improve its soccer fields.

The North Cascades Highway opened on May 11.

Sedro-Woolley doctor Binay Shah is looking at why healthcare is so expensive.

Burlington food processor Scratch and Peck Feeds has received a 2018 Washington Manufacturer Award from the Seattle Business Magazine.

A Skagit River side channel has been chosen by the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Skagit Conservation District for a salmon habitat restoration project.

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