Economic Gateway http://www.skagit.org Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County News RSS Feed Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:50:52 -0500 en-US 4 New Techs For Easier Business Finances http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2135/4-new-techs-for-easier-business-finances http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 14 May 2018 02:00:00 -0500 New technology is making it easier than ever for entrepreneurs and small business owners to manage their finances. We recommend working with EDASC’s resident SBDC advisor to create an initial budget, financial projections, and to learn how to manage cash flow. Afterwards, it becomes important to manage these plans on... Five Census Tracts in Skagit County Designated by Governor as Opportunity Zones http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2138/five-census-tracts-in-skagit-county-designated-by-governor-as-opportunity-zones http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Washington Governor Jay Inslee has designated five census tracts in three Skagit County cities as Opportunity Zones. The tracts are part of a new program enacted by Congress under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that aims to encourage private-sector investment into economically distressed U.S. communities.   Investors in Opportunity... The Power of the Latino Leadership Initiative http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2137/the-power-of-the-latino-leadership-initiative http://www.skagit.org/news Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500   The Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) seeks to empower young Latinos to put them on a path to become leaders in their lives and their communities. In its fifth year, thirty students will graduate from the program from Skagit Valley College, Everett Community College and Edmonds Community College, which is a... Managing Cash Flow is Critical for Growing a Business http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2136/managing-cash-flow-is-critical-for-growing-a-business http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 For small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to launch a business, managing cash flow is critical to success. Learning how to manage a business’s finances is not as easy as it sounds. There are many factors, internal and external, that can influence business profitability and even whether a business has... 3rd Annual Skagit Ag Summit http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2128/3rd-annual-skagit-ag-summit http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 01 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0600 EDASC's Director of Business Retention and Expansion Andrew Miller was recently given the opportunity to provide data and insight regarding the changing face of consumer interest in agriculture and value-added food as well as how those market changes and consumer interests may create economic opportunity for local farms and ag-based... Resources for Skagit County Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2126/resources-for-skagit-county-business-leaders-and-entrepreneurs http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Entrepreneurs and business leaders have access to an unprecedented amount of information and resources in 2018. With the rise of the open source and sharing economy, many corporations have made business tools free, affordable and easily accessible. When combined with resources offered by EDASC and other community organizations, entrepreneurs and... Connell appointed to Board of Directors of the Washington State China Relations Council http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2125/connell-appointed-to-board-of-directors-of-the-washington-state-china-relations-council http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600 The Washington State China Relations Council appointed Sean Connell, EDASC Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness, to its Board of Directors on February 8.  The Council, which was founded in 1979 following the normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, is the... GSBA visits EDASC to meet with Skagit County business and community leaders http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2123/gsba-visits-edasc-to-meet-with-skagit-county-business-and-community-leaders http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 25 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 EDASC was pleased to host a luncheon together with the Greater Seattle Business Association, to bring LGBT and ally business and community leaders together. John, EDASC’s CEO, previously on the Board of Directors of the GSBA, united several LGBT businesses and community partners to explore new ways to take advantage... Staff Profile: Sean Connell http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2098/staff-profile-sean-connell http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0600 What is your favorite thing to do or eat? As an avid hiker, getting in an extended hike to some of the greatest vistas around —such as Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm, and others in the North Cascades—then dropping by one or more of Skagit County’s microbreweries afterwards.   What can you suggest... EDASC Explores Opportunities for Skagit County in Japan and Korea http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2117/edasc-explores-opportunities-for-skagit-county-in-japan-and-korea http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 Japan and South Korea have been identified as promising export markets for Skagit County value-added agriculture products. EDASC visited these markets to explore opportunities and introduce Skagit County and northwest Washington to key counterparts in both countries. Organic agriculture and craft brewing present positive opportunities in these markets for Skagit County products; agriculture technology... Staff Profile: Audra Ramerman http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2116/staff-profile-audra-ramerman http://www.skagit.org/news Thu, 30 Nov 2017 02:00:00 -0600 I think that the most important thing in my choice to come to EDASC from the private sector was that I see this as an opportunity to make a difference in my local community. During the last election there was a lot of talk about ‘we need jobs here! We... EDASC Launches Skagit County Community Conversation and China Seminar Series http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2113/edasc-launches-skagit-county-community-conversation-and-china-seminar-series http://www.skagit.org/news Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 This November EDASC is launching two new series for discussion and community interaction on key issues in economic development for Skagit County and its communities:  the Skagit County Community Conversation, and the Skagit County China Seminar. The Skagit County Community Conversation series will launch on November 9, with a session on housing in economic development.  At... Cindy Brooks Joins EDASC as SBDC Certified Business Advisor http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2112/cindy-brooks-joins-edasc-as-sbdc-certified-business-advisor http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 04 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0500 Cindy Brooks recently joined EDASC and the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), administered by Washington State University, as the new SBDC Certified Business Advisor serving Skagit, San Juan, and Island Counties.  Cindy is a lifelong resident of Western Washington and brings experience from two decades of small business ownership and entrepreneurial... Lieutenant Governor Habib Visits Skagit County to Discuss Economic Development Opportunities http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2111/lieutenant-governor-habib-visits-skagit-county-to-discuss-economic-development-opportunities http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib visited Skagit County on October 2 to learn about local economic development initiatives, and to meet with businesses, organizations, and community members driving the economy to discuss priority issues and opportunities.  EDASC and Chinook Enterprises of Mount Vernon partnered to invite Lieutenant Governor Habib to Skagit County and coordinate his... Leadership Skagit Welcomes Class of 2018 http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2110/leadership-skagit-welcomes-class-of-2018 http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 27 Sep 2017 02:00:00 -0500 Leadership Skagit, a program of the EDASC Foundation in partnership with EDASC, Skagit Valley College and Washington State University Extension, welcomed thirty-four new participants in its Class of 2018 on September 15 with a kickoff session at Skagit Valley College.  Over the next nine months, these current and emerging community leaders... EDASC CEO Honored with Fellow Member Designation by International Economic Development Council http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2109/edasc-ceo-honored-with-fellow-member-designation-by-international-economic-development-council http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500 Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) CEO John Sternlicht received the “Fellow Member” designation at the annual Recognition Dinner of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) on September 18 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  IEDC is the world’s largest organization of economic developers and related businesses, with over 5,000 members... CEO Corner: August 2017 http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2106/ceo-corner-august-2017 http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:00:00 -0500 One of EDASC’s most interesting and important ongoing projects has been partnering with the City of Anacortes and the Port of Anacortes in coordinating the development of a maritime economy strategy.  After setting up a framework with some broad goals, Mayor Laurie Gere, Port Executive Director Dan Worra and I... Skagit County Drawing New Focus from Chinese Businesses http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2105/skagit-county-drawing-new-focus-from-chinese-businesses http://www.skagit.org/news Mon, 07 Aug 2017 02:00:00 -0500 As Washington State’s economic ties with China continue to expand rapidly, Skagit County is increasingly receiving attention from Chinese businesses and local government counterparts.  Washington State is already the leading exporter to China among U.S. states, and is growing in importance as a location for Chinese businesses and investors looking... Workshop Highlights Strategies for Marketing to Latinos http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2133/workshop-highlights-strategies-for-marketing-to-latinos http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 06 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC), NW Agriculture Business Center (NABC), Skagit Valley College and EDASC Foundation’s Leadership Skagit Program hosted a Symposium on the Secrets of Marketing to Latinos on April 3, 2018.  NABC Executive Director, David Bauermeister EDASC CEO, John Sternlicht, and Director of Leadership Skagit,... Speaking their Minds: Conversations about Advancing Leadership and Economic Opportunity for all Women and Girls http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2132/speaking-their-minds-conversations-about-advancing-leadership-and-economic-opportunity-for-all-women-and-girls http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 With over a hundred in attendance, local women leaders held a wide-ranging conversation on key issues facing women and girls at a March 28th bi-partisan panel event held at McIntyre Hall. Working moms brought daughters. Skagit Valley College Latino Leadership Initiative students brought their sisters. Leadership Skagit grads brought their... Skagit County Businesses, EDASC Participate in Industry Trade Shows http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2131/skagit-county-businesses-edasc-participate-in-industry-trade-shows http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:00:00 -0500 Skagit County was well represented at several leading international industry and trade shows during the month of March, including the JEC World Composites Show in Paris from March 6-8; the GLOBE Summit in Vancouver, Canada from March 14-16; and the Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit (ADSS) in Seattle from March... Port of Skagit Sells Surplus Property, Acquires Property for Industrial Park http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2129/port-of-skagit-sells-surplus-property-acquires-property-for-industrial-park http://www.skagit.org/news Tue, 06 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0600 The Port of Skagit recently sold undeveloped property adjacent to Skagit Regional Airport to truck maker Paccar Inc. The $8.4 million, 121.5-acre sale comprised of approximately 76.5 acres of wetlands and approximately 45 buildable acres. In 1980, the Port sold 240 acres of surplus property to Paccar Inc. for the construction of... EDASC Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness Named to National-Level Positions on U.S.-Asia Relations http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2127/edasc-director-of-business-development-and-global-competitiveness-named-to-nationallevel-positions-on-usasia-relations http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 02 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0600 Sean Connell, EDASC’s Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness, was recently named to roles with two national-level organizations active in U.S.-Asia relations, and at the regional level to the Board of Directors of the Washington State China Relations Council.   On January 30, Connell was named a Senior Fellow of the... Port of Skagit and EDASC Promote Broadband Access Measure http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2124/port-of-skagit-and-edasc-promote-broadband-access-measure http://www.skagit.org/news Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0600 Championing countywide access to fiber is a leading priority for EDASC and part of its 2017-2018 business plan. On January 17, Sean Connell, Director of Business Development and Global Competitiveness at EDASC, and Sara Young, Director of Planning and Facilities at the Port of Skagit testified before the Washington State... Recognition of Board Members’ Service http://www.skagit.org/news/p/item/2121/recognition-of-board-members-service http://www.skagit.org/news Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0600 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. Gregg Davidson, former Skagit Regional Health President and CEO, served on EDASC’s board...