?EDASC launched a search for its next Executive Director following Don Wick's retirement announcement.
EDASC's Don Wick, Janicki, Port of Skagit's Executive Director Patsy Martin, Commissioner Kevin Ware, Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt, and Sedro-Woolley Council Member Keith Wagoner have already traveled to Olympia to speak to House and Senate representatives about facilitating this project.
The evening was also an opportunity to honor EDASC Executive Director Don Wick in what was his final Forecast Dinner at the helm of the organization.
Wick will be retiring from his post of 28 years later this year.
After a touching video tribute to Wick
joked, "I don't know who you're talking about.
And in true Don Wick
went on to thank all those he
has worked with over the past years, attributing his
's success to the team.
Last year, EDASC
made 932 new contacts, assisted 300 companies with their business expansion and retention programs, helped bring $300+ million in total investment to the county, and created or retained 150 jobs, Wick
Additionally, more than 3,000 attended EDASC
's five major events last year, and the organization attracted 32 new members.
also highlighted a number of businesses, both new to the county and existing, expanding their footprint in Skagit County
Next, Wick introduced Michael J. Parks, editor emeritus of Marple's Business Letter, to share his predictions for the economy in 2015.
ESASC Executive Director Don Wick piggybacked on Mitchell's comments, presenting some other positive indicators for Skagit's growth.
t reflects the outstanding staff we have here, the strong leadership of our Board of Directors, and the tremendous support we have in our community," said EDASC Executive Director, Don Wick.
"Our Community Marketing Director, Terica Taylor, created this concept," says Execu-tive Director, Don Wick, "EDASC's mission is to create and retain jobs in Skagit County, and we can't do that without the support of the community behind these projects and the companies that might locate here in the future.
It was early evening, and Don Wick, executive director of EDASC, had just stopped at a local grocery store in Mount Vernon to pick up a few items before heading home after a day at the office.
Strolling the aisles, he
passed by shelves stocked with canned soups, bottled spices, bags of rice.
A man approached."I'll never forget it," Wick
stopped me in the grocery store to tell me that he
had been out of work for a while but had recently been hired by a manufacturing company that EDASC
helped to recruit into Skagit County
e said, 'I want to thank you.
This job means a great deal to me and my family.'"
says, "That's why I do this work."
In the more than 25 years that Don Wick
, and the staff of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County
, has worked to attract new businesses into the area, between 80 and 100 new companies have relocated or opened new facilities here.
Some hired 10 people.
Some hired hundreds.
While the company investigated other locations, Don Wick
and the EDASC
staff kept in touch with Sierra Pacific
"I would say that Don Wick
, and his
assistance, was instrumental in bringing Sierra Pacific back into Skagit County
Don Wick, Patti Burklund, the Port of Skagit's then executive director, engineer Gary Sturdy, and developer Orin Jones, flew to Casa Grande, Arizona and toured a Hexcel plant, then traveled to Dublin, California, to make their presentation.
team did a super job of educating the ITOCHU folks about the resources in the area, the characteristics of the community, the availability of workforce, the access to shipping lanes through rail, highway and ocean going ships.
and Patti Burklund from the Port of Skagit
were instrumental in attracting Team Corporation
here, Huntley says.
In the end, Wick
says the key to attracting new businesses to the area is all about building trust and relationships with prospective new companies.
That makes for a healthier community in every aspect, from education to the environment," Wick
"It's just so vital."
To: Don Wick