Each year, the Island County Economic Development Council reaches out to contacts to compile the annual Major Employers list. This list includes self-reported data from public employers and those private employers willing to disclose data.
In January of 1996, the Island County Planning Department entered into a contract with the Island County Economic Development Council (EDC) to “analyze and evaluate sections of the proposed Island County Comprehensive Plan pertaining to the planning and zoning of land for commercial and industrial development … to ascertain the adequacy of land allocations for such purposes.” In particular, we were asked to “recommend appropriate local regulatory definitions, classifications and procedures to enhance economic development (emphasis ours) consistent with the overall County Comprehensive Plan and the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA).”
This Economic Review of a proposed resort facility on South Whidbey solely attempts to measure its likely economic benefits, in terms of employment, revenues, and taxes. No attempt is made here to measure environmental, social, public service or quality of life impacts or costs.
The fundamental purpose of this report is to bring forth goals and strategies that provide quality economic opportunity for our citizens, diversify our economy, and expand our tax base. In addition, create and promote Island County as a good place to do business with a flexible business climate balanced by a high quality of life and a strong ethic of care for the environment.
This project was designed to create implementation strategies for a strategic economic action plan for the Greater Oak Harbor, North Whidbey area. To accomplish this goal a process was established to facilitate a candid and objective look at the social, political and community trends related to the economic future of North Whidbey Island. The results of the analysis will be used to create a road map which will guide future economic development strategies for North Whidbey.