EDASC staff connect with colleagues at WEDA conference

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21 Aug 2023


The EDASC economic development team attended the Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA) summer conference in Walla Walla to reconnect with colleagues and learn the latest about statewide projects and initiatives.

The summer conference, which was titled, “Economic Vitality in Action from Wheatfields to Main Streets,” touched on all aspects of rural economic development in Washington state. The conference started off with local tours of the Walla Walla wine incubator facility, and local community college where participants were able to learn while driving tractors and practicing welding. The main conference consisted of speaking panels of professionals and experts from throughout the local region covering topics from Tax Increment Financing (TIF), sustainable agriculture, SBDC resources, Washingtons Main Street, workforce development, disaster resilience, emerging leaders, tourism and hospitality, entrepreneurship, creative districts and much more. Attendees learned a great deal about the local economy in and around the City of Walla Walla, which is heavily impacted by the wine industry and its rapidly increasing popularity over the last few decades.

EDASC staff were able to connect with colleagues and learn about various efforts being championed across the state. WEDA conferences are one example of how EDASC collaborates with statewide partners to further the goals of economic development and helps staff hear about different programs and expand their knowledge while talking about our own efforts and work in Skagit County.

The Washington Economic Development Association is an amazing partner and plays a crucial role in advancing economic development efforts across the state by bringing together professionals from various sectors to collaborate on strategies that contribute to the economic well-being of Washington's communities and residents.