March 2018

Newsletter – March 2018

2018-05-08T19:13:21+00:00 March 30, 2018|

Recruitment and Business Retention & Expansion efforts have been a strong focus this last month for the EDC. There are several opportunities in the works for expansion of businesses. The common theme among businesses is the need for skilled workers as the labor market tightens. We are excited to partner with Moonshot to host "Smart [...]

February 2018

Newsletter – February 2018

2018-05-08T19:13:21+00:00 February 27, 2018|

The EDC is excited about the opportunity that we have to play a role in career technical education, internships to help people start their careers, and continued expansion of local industrial businesses. The Annual Banquet in February provided an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of last year and the opportunities ahead of us.   Annual [...]

January 2018

Newsletter – January 2018

2018-05-08T19:13:21+00:00 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

2018-05-08T19:13:21+00:00 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

2018-05-08T19:13:22+00:00 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

2018-05-08T19:13:22+00:00 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

2018-05-08T19:13:22+00:00 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

2018-05-08T19:13:22+00:00 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

2018-05-08T19:13:22+00:00 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

2017-08-14T10:14:53+00:00 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 [...]