Happy sales to you…

Welcome to the holiday issue.  For many economic development professionals, especially those working with entrepreneurs and local expansion of products and services, this time of year provides for an absolute no-nonsense metric:  Sales over the course of a few short...

GEW – I’ll give it a week.

November is important to people in many different ways.  This year it caps one of the most gorgeous autumns in recent memory but there are also public and private events and celebrations of traditions that include family and friends, from football and parades to...

There’s a trick to getting the treats.

October is here! The month that children get to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in scary costumes and extorting candy from their community neighborhoods. Kids and dentists love it. I have often said that economic development is like Halloween. When kids hear that...

Getting schooled on educational pathways.

I have always hated September. Most people love September because fall is in the air, baseball playoffs are exciting, football season begins (Go Hawks!) and Bumbershoot and other end-of-summer events entertain almost everybody. But I hated September as a young kid...

Playing in the big leagues.

Football season begins this month and even though it is only pre-season, people are already talking about the Seahawks repeating their championship season.  But as you well know, they won’t get there by resting on their laurels.  Every team in the league looks for a...

A declaration of Independents.

July is my favorite month of the year and not just because it’s the month that I was born (It’s the 22nd in case you were wondering).  It’s also my favorite because it is the month we celebrate our nation’s creation of the Declaration of Independence.  It is this...

It’s doesn’t have to be a complete disaster.

It’s been exactly a year since an oversized truck knocked out a section of the Skagit River Bridge, an event nobody, of course, saw coming. During that year there have been other “disasters” both large and small in Washington that have affected the livability and...

Cinco de Opportunidad.

This month we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. To celebrate the holiday in the United States as a celebration of thanks to Mexico in fending off the would be French invasion of the U.S, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to...

Time for a little Spring planning.

Finally!!! Spring has arrived.  This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora.  But as we rejoice in the coming of this season, it is also a time for grief as we reflect on the SR 530 slide and its devastating effect on its...
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