Intangibles … can often make all the difference

John Powers for the KPBJ When it comes to making well-informed business investment decisions — decisions about establishing, expanding, or even relocating a business — aggregating and analyzing hard market data is a wise place to start. However, for many individual business decision-makers the final factor may be an intangible one — “quality of life” — which can often be the dispositive factor when deciding […] Read more »

KEDA Honors Russell Steele with Economic Development Lifetime Achievment Award

March 30, 2016 – Russell Steele was lauded by a host of Kitsap business and community leaders at the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) Annual Meeting where he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his unwavering support of economic development efforts in Kitsap County. Steele is the CEO of Port Madison Enterprises, and served on the KEDA Board of Directors for […] Read more »

Vision Port Orchard Update & mySidewalk

Progress Report The Port Orchard City Council and Planning Commission have published the latest handout that was distributed at the April 23rd meeting. The meeting started with a progress report on the City’s work towards updating the Comprehensive Plan and then invited specific feedback on the language of the Plan. Many people raised points about the Land Use, Housing, and Economic Development chapters that will be addressed […] Read more »

Port Orchard 2013 Economic Development Survey closes Oct 3rd!

Economic Development Survey This is a friendly reminder that you are invited to make comments on the direction of the 2016 Economic Development element. A survey can be accessed online here:, and it closes at end-of-day on October 3rd, 2014. The results will be publically available by the end of October. Public Hearing If you are interested in providing further feedback, there will be […] Read more »

City of Port Orchard seeks input on economic development

  City staff are moving forward in the update to the Port Orchard Comprehensive Plan, and you are invited to provide your comments in a new survey. This survey focuses on the “Economic Development” element, which contains guidelines on how the city can help improve the local economy. As Port Orchard’s population continues to grow, this chapter can help make decisions on creating new jobs, […] Read more »

Why endeavor to develop our economy?

The KPBJ | JOHN POWERS ~ KEDA  … the answer lies at the core of our purpose, passion, commitment to our communities’ future. “To Survive and Thrive!” This was the overarching collective response of the economic development leaders gathered at our alliance’s recent board retreat when asked: “What’s our intention as economic development leaders — what’s the deeper purpose (the Big ”Why”) that is worthy of our best efforts […] Read more »

Register now! 2014 KEDA Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 20th 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Baymont Inn & Suites, Bremerton Buy tickets for KEDA 2014 Annual Meeting & Luncheon Presentations: #Kitsap – Telling Kitsap’s Story through Social Media KEDA Digital Ambassador Program 2014 Economic Strategy & Review of Major Initiatives The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance encourages your attendance at our Annual Membership Meeting. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide […] Read more »

Grant Opportunities

Community Improvement Efforts Supported Safeco Insurance Foundation The Safeco Insurance Fund primarily supports nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company in Oregon and Washington. Support is considered for organizations and programs that create opportunities for self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families, are committed to improving the quality of life and safety in communities, promote the participation of people with disabilities, encourage disadvantaged youth […] Read more »