NEWS

Local Caregivers Bind Together to Create Heartsong Health Cooperative

Thursday, November 01, 2018

As the population continues to age, the need for caregivers in Skagit County is increasing.  The question of what type of care to provide an aging parent and where to find that care is a struggle that many local families will face.  Most people want to stay home as long as possible.  Some families are able to accommodate the changing needs of a family member over time.  Eventually, for most, some assistance is required.  Local caregivers are filling the gap by providing in-home care to elderly who are bedridden, and those who simply need someone to spend time with.  The...
CEO Corner: September 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

The EDASC Board of Directors just held its semiannual retreat at the conference room at Peace Health/United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley.  In addition to the regular (but abbreviated) monthly meeting, the Board heard presentations from individual board members and focused on the theme of “Economic Development in a Time of (Virtually) Full Employment.”  These semi-annual retreats, which we started three years ago, give the board the opportunity for a deep dive into particular issues of importance to EDASC and the local economy. First, board members from the health care/insurance, manufacturing, and construction sectors presented in a “forces of change” panel.  Board...
Alternative Lenders Roundtable Event Connects Small Businesses with Resources

Monday, December 24, 2018

Small businesses are critical to Skagit County’s economy. They provide important products and services, create jobs and are a tool for wealth creation.  According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 99.9% of U.S. businesses are small businesses. These small businesses in aggregate employ 47.5% of all U.S. employees.[1]  Surprisingly, four out of five are single employer businesses.[2] Here are just a few of the reasons small businesses are important to our local economy: Small businesses are a significant contributor to the character of a place by adding vitality and vibrancy to a community.  The character of a place is important to...
An Economy for All

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

This time of year calls for reflection.  Skagit County has historically been a place of great natural beauty and bountiful resources.  Acknowledging the natural forces that have shaped the landscape and the diversity of life that inhabits the valley informs who we are becoming.  How do we sustain quality of life and connection to our sense of place in times of growth and change?  Nurturing a healthy and equitable local economy is key.  This is the foundational concept of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) framework.  Using the BALLE framework key principles as a guide, we reflect on...
Annual IEDC Conference Advances Inclusion in Economic Development

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

This year’s annual conference of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), held in Atlanta, Georgia from September 29 to October 3, turned out to be the largest ever.  Over 1,600 economic developers and related service providers gathered to explore the theme of “Inclusion in Economic Development.”  In addition to the basics of economic development, business retention, expansion, and attraction, many of the areas discussed focused on issues of inclusion, diversity, prosperity for all, housing, workforce, early learning, the opioid crisis, and other areas in which our community and EDASC in particular are closely involved.  The conference provides an excellent opportunity...
Tackling the “Sticky Topic” of Homelessness in Skagit County—A Civil Discussion

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Contributed by Wende Sanderson, Member of the League of Women Voters of Skagit County, and Certified Mediator with the Skagit Dispute Resolution Center The League of Women Voters of Skagit County and the Skagit County Dispute Resolution Center completed their 2018 Civil Discourse series on October 6 with a Community Conversation on homelessness.  This event was made possible by generous support from Skagit County Board of Commissioners, EDASC Foundation, and Skagit Publishing. The event featured independent dispute resolution professional Mary Dumas as the facilitator, guiding participants through an exploration of the topic of homelessness in Skagit County.  Participants discovered the many ‘tracks’...