• EDASC announces Skagit County Economic Recovery Strategic Plan, asks all county businesses to....

    June 08, 2020
    MOUNT VERNON -- EDASC is pleased to announce the launching phase of the effort to develop and implement the Skagit County Economic Recovery Plan, a countywide playbook guiding economic renewal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The strategic plan will include the formation of action committees, including those representing different sectors and addressing specific economic challenges. EDASC will complete this work in conjunction with Skagit County, ports, cities, towns, chambers, nonprofit organizations, private industries, educational institutions and more.

    The plan will be coordinated by a steering committee to be formed soon, said EDASC CEO John Sternlicht.

    “Now that we’re preparing and hoping to emerge into a cautious Phase 2, we are going to pivot from the main activities of the past three months – critical emergency efforts to find funds and resources to help businesses survive – to forming a short- and long-range plan for the new normal, as we collectively define it for Skagit’s regional economy,” Sternlicht said. “We are going to join forces to arrive at adaptive strategies to meet current and new market needs as well as workplace requirements and realities. Together we will forge a new, more resilient, equitable and sustainable economy for our region.”

    The first step in the process is learning in greater detail the challenges faced by Skagit County businesses individually and collectively. For that purpose, EDASC has developed the Skagit County COVID-19 Economic Impact Survey.

    Information gathered from the survey will be assembled and incorporated into the strategic plan. EDASC is asking all Skagit County businesses to complete the 10-minute survey. Click here to begin.

    EDASC values input from the business community, said Economic Development Manager Tamsin Bell.

    “This survey will serve as an invaluable starting point for developing the strategic plan," Bell said. "Creating this open dialogue with the business community is essential to developing programs designed for their benefit."

    After completing the survey, businesses may receive follow-up and direct support from EDASC addressing their unique challenges. Responses will remain confidential.

    The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, July 3. If you have questions, contact Bell at tamsin@skagit.org.