OC’s Air Washington Project Receives National Honor

Bremerton, Wash.- The Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) recently featured the Air Washington project as an exemplary workforce training program supported by the $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Olympic College is a member of the statewide consortium, a partnership comprised of eleven community and technical colleges, seven Workforce development Councils, […] Read more »

SBA presents: Who’s Not in Your Network But Should Be?

Meet face-to-face with the people helping small businesses start, grow and succeed. The Kitsap community has a great number of resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners to tap into. Are you connected to the local – and often free – business resources and people who can help your business grow? Join us at this meet-and-greet event March 13 to learn about the free resources […] Read more »

Understanding the Scope, Process of the Federal Marketplace in Kitsap

FEDERAL CONTRACTING – Steve Shapro Because of the presence of large Navy bases in our local area, Federal contracts are an important part of our local economy.   During the last Fiscal Year ending 30 September, over $172 million in contracts were awarded to companies with Kitsap County addresses by Government agencies and the military services.   Local businesses need to understand this marketplace if […] Read more »

Register Now! Decision Makers II – The Changing Face of Central Kitsap

Join us Thursday, October 23rd – 3:00-6:00pm at The Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel in Silverdale when KEDA presents “The Changing Face of Central Kitsap” featuring Elizabeth Court, PhD, Senior Planner/Demographer, Kitsap County Department of Community Development. Other program highlights include: Change Agents a panel discussion moderated by Chris Rieland, CEO & President of Pacific NW Title, featuring the developers and leaders behind CK’s biggest development projects […] Read more »

Kitsap Bank honored as a 2014 corporate philanthropist

The KPBJ Kitsap Bank was recently recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 2014 Corporate Philanthropist. This recognition, which is part of the Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Awards, honors businesses that “do well by doing good.” Since 2008, the Business Journal has been publishing the “Corporate Citizenship: Business of Giving” special report, in which researcher Bonnie Graves surveys area companies about their cash […] Read more »

ATS extends reach through KEDA

As a responsible employer, Applied Technical Systems (ATS) makes a concerted effort to get involved in the communities it serves. KEDA has been an invaluable resource for ATS to accomplish this objective.  KEDA has been instrumental in helping ATS connect with key business members of Kitsap and the Greater Seattle region and seek new business opportunities through the PTAC program.  In addition to helping our business […] Read more »

Success Story: Ries Tripod Expansion

In 2012 we purchased Ries Tripods and one of our first goals was to locate in our own factory.  After many tries to find a suitable property, we finally contacted KEDA and received an immediate response to assist in whatever way possible.  Kathy Cocus and John Powers visited within the week and had a list of possible locations as well as suggestions for marketing, financing […] Read more »

Manufacturer’s move dovetails with OC training programs

OCTOBER 31, 2013 | TIM KELLY ~ KPBJ Editor A millennial and a Gen-Xer who weren’t on viable career tracks went back to school to learn some new skills. The Olympic College training program they enrolled in was a key factor in the decision of a company that does high-tech manufacturing of composites for the aerospace industry to relocate from Southern California to Kitsap County. That manufacturer, Omohundro […] Read more »

Bainbridge Island Downtown Association recognized by national Main Street program

 The KPBJ The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association (BIDA) is one of only a dozen towns to be earn the designation as a 2013 Washington Main Street Community. The award is granted to a limited number of accredited Main Street communities for exceptional commitment to downtown revitalization and the Main Street 4-Point Approach. National Main Street Center president and CEO Patrice Frey visited Bainbridge Island’s downtown during […] Read more »

NW Urban: Bringing Bremerton Back

August 14, 2013 – Crosscut.com By Mark Hinshaw Ten years ago, Bremerton was at death’s door. Now it’s one of the fastest – and smartest – growing cities in Puget Sound. Most people who have lived in Puget Sound for more than 10 years likely recall when Bremerton was all but pronounced dead. During the 1980s, the city’s downtown gradually emptied out. Once a lively town, sidled up against a naval […] Read more »