D.C. Fly-in: Strong Delegation Represents Snohomish County

News on 2 Oct , 2017
EASC is happy to report that our mission to D.C. last week was a huge success. The delegation consisted of a great mix of both private and public businesses and organizations including the City of Lynnwood, Aviation Technical Services, Granite Construction, and Community Transit. Workforce Snohomish and University of Washington Bothell were in well during our trip and joined us for a fe...

EASC in D.C. with We Work For Health

News on 31 Jul , 2017
Our advocacy expert Erik Ashlie-Vinke was in D.C. with We Work For Health (WWFH). WWFH is dedicated to promoting the economic benefits of life science business and research for Washington State's economy and patients around the world. We Work For Health seeks to educate our elected leaders, the news media and the communities they serve about these key contributions of the life science sector i...

Now that the dust has settled in Olympia, what next?  

News on 10 Jul , 2017
It has been just over a week since the Legislature passed the operating budget on June 30th. Here at EASC we wanted to take a minute to share our thoughts on the budget and the remaining days of this 3rd special session. Going into the 2017 legislative session, the idea that legislators would not pass an operating budget deal until they reach the fiscal year deadline on June 30th was commonplac...

Advocating for Tourism Marketing Program

News on 22 May , 2017
Washington Tourism At A Glance 4th largest industry Visitors to Washington spend nearly $21 billion each year.  Tourism generates $1.8 billion in state and local tax revenue and supports 170,500 jobs. Year-round in every community - rural and urban. Four out of five tourism-related companies are small businesses.  Highest employer of women and minorities.  Tou...

EASC goes to Washington

News on 8 May , 2017
Last week was busy in regards to advocacy here at EASC. President & CEO Patrick Pierce and Senior Manager of Business and Economic Advocacy, Erik Ashlie-Vinke flew back to Washington D.C. with the City of Everett, Snohomish County Executive’s Office and the Port of Everett to advocate on a number of issues with members of Congress and leaders at the Pentagon. We were excited to accompany Ma...

WA Legislative Update: House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff date reached

News on 27 Feb , 2017
This past Friday was the Washington State Legislature’s House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff. Fiscal cutoff is the last day bills can be voted out of fiscal committees in their respective chamber of origin. Here you can find a link to bills that have passed House of Origin Fiscal Cutoff.  Bills that did not make it out of committee this past Friday while not necessarily “dead”, are unlikely to receive an...

December 2016 unemployment rate 3.9%, a 20-year low; Q3 retail sales up 7.8%

News on 27 Feb , 2017
EASC's January Economic Indicators dashboard, updated to December 2016 data, reflects an overall strong economy heading into 2017. The December 2016 unemployment rate was 3.9% for Snohomish County, which is the lowest December rate since 1997, which was 3.8%.  The December 2015 rate was 5%. This is reflected by strong workforce and employment growth. The workforce grew 2.87% Dec 2015-2016, whi...

Aerospace Technology and Innovation happens here

News on 13 Feb , 2017
By Matt Smith, Director, Industry & Resource Development Historically, the phrase “high-technology” has been attributed to computer technology (hard and software), communications, e-commerce, medical device and numerous other business sectors. Outside our industry, aerospace has not been considered in high-tech discussions (due to a lack of understanding) yet aerospace has been a practition...

EASC to attend JEC World in Europe next month

News on 8 Feb , 2017
JEC Paris is the premier international conference/trade show for the composites industry.  It is the place to understand the breadth of the industry, from technologies to suppliers.  EASC has identified composites as part of our diversification strategy and will be meeting with companies that are considering establishing operations in the US.  The WA State Dept. of Commerce is organizing a State p...