January 2018

Newsletter – January 2018

January 23, 2018|

The EDC is starting off 2018 with a lot of activity. The EDC’s consultant, TIP Strategies, completed a workforce demand study that conclusively found areas where there is opportunity for workforce training in manufacturing, healthcare, and other sectors. Unemployment remains low; it has not been this low in over 30 years. As the labor force [...]

December 2017

November/December Newsletter

December 2, 2017|

As we near the end of the year there are several positive economic indicators that we can all be thankful for. Our unemployment rate has dropped to 5.4%, an all-time low. It has not been this low in over 30 years. For those seeking employment, there is work available. Looking ahead to 2018 there is [...]

October 2017

Newsletter – October 2017

October 31, 2017|

We are experiencing great opportunities for small business as the economy continues to grow. A number of our companies are finding opportunities to thrive in the current economic environment. Lewis County is home to diverse sectors from powdered milk production to semi-truck parts manufacturing. There continues to be unique products and services being made in [...]

September 2017

Newsletter – September 2017

September 25, 2017|

EDC is engaging in activities that will build our workforce and infrastructure to position our community for job creation. Funding from the Economic Development Administration has provided the EDC with opportunities to make it possible to plan for infrastructure in communities such as Packwood and Toledo. This work will lead Lewis County to be a [...]

August 2017

Newsletter – August 2017

August 26, 2017|

Newsletter The EDC is optimistic about our future economic prospects. From buildings going up to new companies moving in, the completion of the Legislative Session, streetscapes, planning in Packwood, we are making steps in the right direction. To use a baseball analogy, we are “hitting singles”. We are confident that the ground work that we [...]

July 2017

Newsletter – July 2017

July 28, 2017|

Newsletter This last month has been very productive: employment is at an historical low, businesses are expanding and the EDC is working with public and private partners to ensure that we have successful entrepreneurs and a trained workforce. We look forward to a successful August of greater growth for our community. Community: Workforce Development: In [...]

June 2017

Newsletter – June 2017

June 14, 2017|

Newsletter A healthy community requires good infrastructure and thriving small businesses. Our economy of goods producers particularly manufacturers are small business. This edition of our newsletter highlights two small businesses that manufacture stationary products and sheep cheese. There is opportunity to grow in these niche markets and there are many other businesses that are doing [...]

May 2017

Newsletter – May 2017

May 31, 2017|

During this last month, we gave a site tour to a manufacturer looking to move to our area, the Port of Chehalis received funding for the biomedical manufacturer we have been working to recruit, and we began a workforce study to help improve our labor force. These accomplishments were only possible with the help of [...]

April 2017

Newsletter – April 2017

April 30, 2017|

As the end of the first quarter closes, Workforce Development and Infrastructure for Small Communities is a high priority for the EDC. We are excited about kicking off two new projects that address both of these issues. This will be a great opportunity for business and industry within Lewis County as we seek to put [...]

March 2017

Newsletter – March 2017

March 29, 2017|

This past month we held our Annual Membership Banquet at the Hotel Washington. We presented several awards to honor our members who have done the most to further economic development. In addition, our marketing manager attended an expo in Anaheim, CA and contacted companies that are looking to expand. In addition, we have been reaching [...]