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Kitsap Business Survey
Q: After the mask mandate ends on 03/12, what will the mask policy be at your business?
Anwser Below
Masks still required for customers and staff
Masks still required for staff only
Masks optional, but encouraged for customers and staff
Masks optional, no guidance provided
No mask encouraged
Last time we asked:
Q: Now that Gov. Inslee will soon end the mask mandate, what level of in-person event are you comfortable with?
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Business Updates
KEDA to develop Autonomous Water Vehicle Cluster under 2-year innovation grant
Washington Department of Commerce announced Tuesday that the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) was awarded a two-year $500,000 grant to launch the Washington Autonomous Vehicle Cluster, or WAV-C
Innovation cluster accelerator models bring key players together – business, entrepreneurs, academia, investors and government – to solve industry challenges that limit growth and innovation. Washington State piloted this approach in 2017 with its Maritime Blue initiative. Under the Washington Department of Commerce’s Innovation Cluster Accelerator, nine innovation clusters are being funded in diverse industries, including advanced computing, 5G, renewable energy, bioscience and others. KEDA’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work Group developed the WAV-C proposal with a focus on accelerating the industry of unmanned and autonomous vehicles, forecast as a $2 trillion global market by 2030. 
"KEDA’s proposed launch concept for WAV-C is to initially focus on the water segment of these vehicles, given the strong maritime and defense industry presence in our community” said KEDA Executive Director Joe Morrison. “We’ll use our infrastructure, connectivity, and experience in entrepreneurship and innovation to create a broad, diverse, and industry-led cluster effort that will
generate value for companies in Washington and beyond.” The underwater segment of unmanned vehicles alone has a projected size of $9.5 billion by 2028.
The WAV-C initiative received 23 letters of support, including from firms like defense giant Raytheon, Bremerton-based international builder SAFE Boats International, and Port Orchard small business Greysam Industrial, which specializes in providing underwater autonomous vehicles to clients. Developing and expanding corporate partnerships will be a top priority for WAV-C initially. KEDA anticipates hiring two full-time staff to manage the project. 

The Washington Department of Commerce is supporting the development and growth of these clusters through seed funding, strategic guidance, leadership development, connections with state and global cluster leaders and partners, and international marketing support. The program is one portion of work supported by a $15 million CARES Act investment by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA).
“Strategic investment to support innovation in key legacy and nascent industries is a pillar of our economic development strategy to strengthen Washington communities for the future,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “We see in these public-private partnerships the potential to launch new clusters with dramatic impact on lives, jobs and business opportunities.”

-Submitted via Theresa Mangrum, KEDA
KEDA Annual Meeting & Economic Preview
Skylar Olsen, PhD, Tomo Networks
Senior Director & Principal Economist at the $70-million backed fintech and home buying startup Tomo, & former senior principal economist at Zillow Group, Olsen will break down the red hot housing market, rising interest rates and its ripple effects on the regional economy.
KEDA Board Annual Board Business Meeting:
  • 2021 Annual Report of performance and financial condition
  • 2022 KEDA Action Plan
  • Election of renewing directors to the KEDA Board
  • Appointment of new officers
  • Passing of the Gavel
KEDA will also honor our 2022 Economic Development Champions 

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And More...
Masking Mandates Change March 12
Earlier this week Governor Inslee stated that in light of new CDC guidance and continued decreases in hospitalization rates, that Washington State will be adjusting the timing of the statewide mask requirement... now to end after March 11.
You may be asking: What does that look like?
See below:
You can read Governor Inslee's full statement here
Or watch the press conference here
Congratulations to the following DECA members for qualifying in the International Competition in Atlanta, Georgia
1st place – SBE Food Operations – Jesse LaCross-Lambert & Ava Dageenakis
2nd place – SBE Retail Operations – Fiona Najera & Leta McDonald
3rd place – Restaurant and Food Service Management – Myha Sirianni
4th place – Business Service Management – Jesse LaCross-Lambert
6th place - Principles of Hospitality and Tourism – Isabella Gross
6th place – Apparel and Accessories Marketing – Katie Wright
7th place – Financial Literacy – Marissa Jackman
9th place – Hotel and Lodging Management – Reese Willson
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