What is a living wage in Island County? Which business sector pays that wage? What sectors have poverty level wages? Using US Dept of Labor information for Island County, comparing that to federal poverty guidelines and living wages as stipulated for the county by MIT, a person can quickly determine which sectors pay at the poverty living wage level.
This interactive tool makes interpreting trends in taxable retail sales across industries. Simply plug in the NAICS code for whichever industry you’re interested in, and you can see the quarterly taxable retail sales in Unincorporated Island County, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and Langley. The only exception is industries with three or fewer establishments located in a given area, to protect competitive advantage. A tutorial for the tool is located in the first tab; for more detailed instructions on how to use it, please contact the EDC.
A survey of producer and consumer needs in agricultural and cottage industries in Island County. Recommendations for increased profitability in agriculture.
It is well known by Island County residents that the county has a large number of weekend and vacation homes. What’s not known is how many. Using Census information provides a rough estimation. According to Census, approximately 9% of the county’s housing units have seasonal or recreational use, with the greatest number on South Whidbey which has 17%. North Whidbey is the lowest with 2%.
This Strategic Plan is, in fact, is an economic development strategy conceived on principles designed to improve economic performance of the fairgrounds property through a change in property management, incremental shifts in production, and sequenced facilities improvements. The benefits apply to public and private interests and, over time, will foster new jobs and create business opportunities. The plan is designed to afford a real prospect for the Island County Fair Association to focus on improved production of the annual Fair thus ensuring its quality, sustainability and growth in the years ahead.