News from the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County

MARCH 2017

Economic Cluster Working Groups Move Forward

The Skagit County Economic Clusters Working Groups continue to gain momentum coming out of the late fall and early winter kick-off meetings. Insights from these recent meetings include: 

- Ag, Value-added Ag & Food is developing a county-wide roadmap and framework in an effort to identify what is being done in relation to workforce (including next-generation farmers), water and economic vitality centered on new markets, products and services.

- Maritime will be rolling out a six-part strategy in an effort to capitalize on the unique opportunities and challenges facing the Skagit County maritime industries.

- Arts, Culture, Events and Entertainment is working on creating a more cohesive structure for identifying and sharing information with both Skagit and external audiences and synergizing events and arts and culture programming around themes or festivals.

Read updates from all 11 cluster sectors on the EDASC website.

Business In Profile: T BAILEY, INC.

Visit with Justin Rawls at Anacortes-based T BAILEY, INC., and you will quickly be impressed by the scope of work done by this heavy-civil/industrial general contractor. Justin is an enthusiastic representative of this company, founded in 1991 by Gene Tanaka and named after Gene's eldest daughter, Bailey.

EDASC recently met with Justin to learn more about this custom fabricator of heavy structural and plate products.

Why is T BAILEY, INC. located in Skagit County?
The business located here in 1996 because the quality of life here is high and the location affords the opportunity to directly ship and receive oversized loads via barge, rail, or truck.

Who are your primary customers?
T BAILEY, INC. performs construction work for oil refineries and co-generation plants, federal government contracting agencies, public works agencies, state Departments of Transportation, private developers, and drilling/boring contractors on projects in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Idaho. Many of T BAILEY’s fabricated products ship throughout the Western US and Canada.

Read the entire T BAILEY, INC. profile on the EDASC website.
T BAILEY, INC. fabricated four pile cap frames and interconnecting pipe sections for replacement of the Avon Wharf facility at Tesoro’s Martinez, CA refinery.

Skagit County Economic Development Grants 

Up to $2,000,000 in grant funding is available for economic development projects in Skagit County that create or retain family-wage jobs in the community. Grant awards are limited to no more than $500,000 per project or project phase. Preference is given to projects that match county grant funds and that create or retain long-term, sustainable jobs. Funds must be used for construction. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 14. 

For more information, visit the Skagit County Budget and Finance Department webpage. 

Schmooze Fair: Spotlight on Skagit

April 6 4 pm - 7 pm | Van Zyverden Bulb Warehouse, Burlington

One of the largest business-to-business trade shows in the North Puget Sound region, this is the place to be if you are looking to cultivate existing business relationships, engage with prospective new clients, and learn about the diverse industries, businesses and non-profit organizations that contribute to Skagit County’s economy. General admission is $5. Purchase tickets online or at the door. Learn more at
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CEO Corner: March 2017

It has been just over a year and a half since I began my happy tenure as CEO of EDASC. During that time, we have set priorities both as the county’s economic development organization (EDO) and as EDASC internally.

Already this year, EDASC has brought an expanded NextExec program, providing our executives the opportunity to advance their professional education locally, with top-level online resources and expert local speakers. This program coordinates well with Leadership Skagit, also a program of the EDASC Foundation, providing leadership development for an enthusiastic contingent of candidates every year. I am continually impressed with the high level of professionalism and accomplishment here in Skagit County.

Read the entire CEO Corner update on the EDASC website.

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