EDASC’s business retention and expansion (BRE) program works to identify, analyze, propose, and implement programs and practices that facilitate the expansion and retention of existing businesses and encourage entrepreneurial initiatives across and within existing business clusters and ecosystems.  At its core, the EDASC BRE program is a planning-to-action initiative that continually reaches out to existing businesses to understand their needs, directly engage in problem solving, and increase their awareness of resources to help resolve issues and take advantage of opportunities to thrive and expand.

Industry Cluster Working Groups

As part of its BRE program, EDASC convenes meetings that bring together members of Skagit County's primary industry clusters to identify, articulate, align, and leverage collective strengths that will support sustained economic growth and enhanced business environment in Skagit County.  These cluster working groups include:

  • Professional Services
  • Lenders, Insurance and Financial Professionals
  • Builders and Real Estate Professionals
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Clean Tech and Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Value-Added Agriculture
  • Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
  • Conservation and Environment
  • Non-Profits
  • Arts, Culture, Events, and Entertainment
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Maritime
  • Health Care and Wellness


“Our retention and expansion program is centered on the intentional co-creation of long-term solutions that remove obstacles to sustainable development, and position Skagit County firms on high growth trajectories, while remaining true to the shared values and policy decisions that make this the best place to live and work in the Pacific Northwest.” – Andrew Miller, Director of Business Retention and Expansion, EDASC