Skagit County Celebrates National Economic Development Week

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Economic Development Week, which runs from May 8 through 13, is a national-level initiative to raise awareness about local programs across the country that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life. It offers a good opportunity to take stock of the Skagit County economy and some of our amazing communities, businesses, and assets that support our region’s economic vitality and contribute to exciting prospects for sustainable future growth.

Did you know that:

  • Products made in Skagit County are core components of everything from commercial and military airplanes, NASA space exploration vehicles and the new James Webb Space Telescope, to naval research vessels, America’s Cup champion racing yachts, and recreational boats.
  • Skagit County is the #1 U.S. county producer of tulips; daffodils; irises; and spinach, beet, and cabbage seed.
  • The Skagit River has one of the largest wild Chinook salmon runs in Puget Sound and the Skagit watershed has the highest number and variety of raptors in North America.
  • Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project in Skagit County provides output sufficient to meet the peak electricity needs of about 96,000 households.
  • Skagit County is home to 9 micro-breweries, 6 wineries, and 2 distilleries.
  • Deception Pass State Park is the #1 most visited Washington State Park.

Each of these, and many more, contribute to the economic vitality of Skagit County and its communities. Over the course of Economic Development Week, EDASC will be sharing facts, figures, and voices from our communities that highlight ways in which economic development happens here every day. For more information on these and other economic development initiatives, please stay tuned and explore our website.

About Economic Development Week: Economic Development Week is an event created by the International Economic Development Council to celebrate the achievements of economic developers. The event will occur for the second time May 8-13, 2017. Information can be found at

Category: Economic Development