Skagit Insight
January 2017

NextExec 2.0 Professional Development Program

EDASC recognizes and shares the community-wide interest in championing management development for Skagit County businesses, non-profits and civic organizations. The NextExec program was created in partnership with Skagit County area chambers and local businesses to provide ongoing professional development and networking opportunities for emerging business and civic leaders. EDASC is launching NextExec 2.0 this year as an ongoing professional development program providing leadership and management curriculum, workshops, and mentoring.

Participation in NextExec 2.0 includes monthly (12) workshops, program materials, online resources, quarterly tours and regular networking opportunities. Annual Registration is $500 per employee of an EDASC Investor business or organization or $600 for community member/non-Investor. Guest registration will also be available to attend select sessions for $50 each. 

Monthly Breakfast Meetings are generally held the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7:30 am – 9:00 am at EDASC, 204 West Montgomery Street in Mount Vernon. The first meeting of 2017 will be held on Tuesday, January 31 and will focus on Leadership Competencies, Self-Assessment and Goal Setting.  

Visit the NextExec page on the EDASC website to view the schedule and to register.

 Economic Forecast Dinner January 26, 2017
Reservations are open for the Economic Forecast Dinner on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5:00 - 9:00pm at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge in Anacortes.  This popular event sells out each year and provides a year-in-review and look ahead to the economic trends that will shape Skagit County and the world's economy. 

Keynote speaker: Craig Fehr, CFA | Principal Investment Strategist with Edward Jones

As an investment strategist, Fehr is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic trends and market conditions, as well as developing and recommending appropriate investment strategies to help clients build and maintain portfolios designed to help reach their long-term financial goals. Fehr, who was named an Edward Jones principal in 2015, is a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee. This team of investment professionals is responsible for constructing investment advice and asset allocation guidelines and developing the firm’s expectations for long-term capital market returns. Fehr is also co-chair of the committee responsible for market analysis and the development of investment guidance for Canada.

Tickets are $100 per person or $900 for a table of 10. Register on our  website .  
Latino Leadership Initiative Kick-off Event at Skagit Valley College
The Latino Leadership Initiative  Orientation was held on  December 10, 2016, marking the fifth successful year of the Latino Leadership Initiative. It was a remarkable event in terms of the content of the program as well as the first-rate community support received from Leadership Skagit and Leadership Snohomish.  Read more...

Skagit County Economic & Employment Data: December 2016 Update 

According to the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), Skagit County’s unemployment rate was 6.5% in November 2015 (not seasonally adjusted).  This is a slight increase from October 2016 and from November 2015 unemployment levels. This is higher than the state’s unemployment rate of 5.3% (seasonally adjusted) and the national unemployment rate of 4.6% (seasonally adjusted).  Skagit County’s civilian labor force totaled 58,819 in November 2016, which was a slight decrease from the total of 59,107 in October. Of this total, non-farm employment totaled 55,012 (not seasonally adjusted), a decrease of 302 workers from the previous month but an increase of 1,373 workers over November 2015. More detailed information on current employment in Skagit County is available through ESD, the Northwest Workforce Council, and EDASC's website.

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