Last Thursday, EASC hosted, in partnership with the Port of Everett, Snohomish County, Snohomish County Cities, and Snohomish County Committee for Improved Transportation, the 2017 Legislative Kick-off Breakfast at Everett Public Schools’ Community Resource Center.

A capacity crowd of almost 100 attendees got to hear EASC President and CEO speak about our region’s 2017 Regional Policy Priorities, as well from a group of panelists that included a who’s who of key business and community leaders. Andy Buchan from Esterline spoke about issues surrounding Washington’s unique B&O tax on businesses, and the negative effects it can have on small businesses as well as on R&D investments. Dr. Tonya Drake from Edmonds Community College highlighted the vital role community colleges play in the education pipeline, as well need for continued state support, including a new STEM facility for the college.

The event also included a panel of key Snohomish Co Legislators. Newly elected Senator Guy Palumbo talked about how his role as small business owner provides perspective on the economic development issues the legislature will be facing. Rep June, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, discussed the challenges of developing an operating budget this year in regards to finally solving the education funding issues.

EASC would also like to thank the sponsors of the event, without their support we would not have been able to have such a successful event: Community Transit, Everett Public Schools, and SCCIT.