As part of the 2015-2016 County Strategic Plan Update, the EDC formed a team of local business owners, community members, and government officials with the goal of developing an Economic Development component of the Strategic Plan. What is economic development? Before determining goals, the team settled on a common definition of economic development. That definition then set the framework on how to address some of the larger issues facing the county. Developing goals in the face of the differences and county uniqueness meant taking the big issues and distilling them down into the broad categories of community, business and workforce development.
The goals in this document respect Island County’s rural character and provides a sustainable path to developing our local economy.
Read the full plan for more about these goals, the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of Island County, and more here.