EDASC hosts virtual Investor Appreciation Celebration

Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Skagit County business and community leaders gathered virtually Dec. 1 to network, connect and hear from EDASC about important updates during the fifth annual EDASC Investor Appreciation Celebration.

The no-cost after-hours event, sponsored by TRICO Companies, served as a special thank you to EDASC Investors. The event saw changes in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, namely with the move to Zoom rather than in person.

Investors were treated to a virtual networking session during the first half of the event, followed by brief remarks from EDASC CEO John Sternlicht, who introduced a video presentation highlighting EDASC’s top 10 activities of 2020.

The nearly 30-minute video recapped much of EDASC’s work throughout the year and included several guest stars.

One of the major themes of the video was EDASC’s small-business support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As soon as things began to shut down, EDASC sprang into virtual action,” said Sternlicht in the video. “We created online resources for businesses and residents, and very quickly began to help them access resources relating to safe operations or financial assistance such as PPP and EIDL.”

Other topics included EDASC’s grant administration, focus on maritime, social justice and equity, further focus on communications, and more.

The video’s guest stars included Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki, Commissioner-elect Peter Browning, Skagit County Public Health’s Kristen Ekstran, Skagit Publishing’s Heather Hernandez, PeaceHealth United General’s Chris Johnston, Skagit Community Foundation’s Michael Stark, United Way of Skagit County’s Craig Chambers, Port of Anacortes’ Dan Worra, Washington Maritime Blue’s Jennifer States, Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau, and EDASC staff.

“Thanks to all of our wonderful partners who lent their time and talent to help EDASC tell its story of 2020,” Sternlicht said.

If you are interested in Investing in EDASC, visit its website at skagit.org to learn more or email Communications Manager Aaron Weinberg at aaron@skagit.org. Investment in EDASC enables the nonprofit to continue being Skagit County’s hub for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

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