EDASC Launches Skagit County Community Conversation and China Seminar Series

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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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 this inaugural forum, Skagit Council of Governments (SCOG) Executive Director Kevin Murphy will present the findings of and discuss his thoughts on the recently published county-wide housing study commissioned by the SCOG board.  EDASC CEO John Sternlicht will discuss the housing needs of county employers and economic impact of available housing for economic development, in addition to sharing his thoughts on several nationally recognized housing initiative benchmarks.  Kayla Schott-Bresler from the Skagit County Housing, Homeless Services, & Community Development Office will discuss the opportunities and limitations of public policy levers in support of increasing the housing stock, as well as county-level efforts currently in motion to mitigate the current housing crisis.  Following these presenters, a panel of real estate, development and public policy stakeholders will discuss housing issues and opportunities from their perspective and take questions from the audience.  More information is available on the event page.

Future forums will focus on topics including infrastructure, tourism, agriculture, and workforce.  For more information, visit EDASC's event calendar and contact Andrew Miller, Director of Business Retention and Expansion, at andrew@skagit.org.

The Skagit County China Seminar is a new, ongoing series of workshops for the Skagit County and northwest Washington business communities and broader regional audiences to introduce the fundamentals of doing business in China and key issues in the Washington State-China relationship.  EDASC is partnering with the Washington State China Relations Council--the leading U.S. state organization promoting economic and cultural ties with China--and Washington State University Skagit County Extension to present this series.  The first of this series will take place on November 3 at WSU Skagit County Extention's offices, with featured speaker Marc Berger, Director of China Practice at Nyhus Communications in Seattle.  For more information on the Skagit County China Seminar, contact Sean Connell, Director of Business Recruitment, at sean@skagit.org.

Category: economic development, housing, international trade, China, exports, infrastructure, Value-Added Agriculture