Economic Recovery a Top Priority in Economic Development Council’s New Strategic Direction
Coupeville, WA – Economic recovery and resilience top the list of the new strategic priorities that will guide the Economic Development Council for Island County (EDCIC) for the next five years. The EDCIC just published its new 2020-2025 direction. The strategic priorities reflect the challenges created by the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the ongoing fulfillment of the EDCIC’s mission and vision.
“Our focus always has been on the economic health and development of Island County to create a quality-of-life locale for business development and living wage jobs,” says George Henny, EDCIC Board President and co-CEO of Whidbey Telecom. “COVID-19 has created hardship for our local business community and has caused the EDCIC to pivot and re-evaluate our efforts. Our new five-year strategic priorities create a road map to recovery. We know our business community is resilient and if we unite to support each other under these priorities, together we can move forward and beyond this crisis.”
The strategic priorities include:
Economic Recovery and Resilience
Assistance with Business Attraction
Workforce Training and Development
Information Technology and Broadband
Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation
Arts and Culture
“Our business community has been hammered by the pandemic. But the pandemic has only made us stronger. By pulling together and focusing on jobs, housing, technology and tourism, it will lead us out of our current situation,” says Sharon Sappington, EDCIC Executive Director, adding that the EDCIC Is currently developing a workplan to reflect the new strategic priorities. “Island County is strong. We rebounded from the 2008 recession and we will rebound again from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The EDCIC is the Associate Development Organization (ADO) which serves as the local economic development partner for the Washington State Department of Commerce. The EDCIC is designated by Island County to coordinate business recruitment, retention and expansion activities within the county. It supports research, planning, and implementation of regional and local economic development strategies.