Building Our Economic Future . . . On a Strong Foundation of Past Performance

In the past five years, our Kitsap Economic Development Alliance directly assisted business clients over                  600 times, impacting 30,000 local jobs, and influencing nearly $2B in capital investment in Kitsap by KEDA’s clients. These are more than numbers: our efforts influence the local economy and quality of life for every child, woman, man, employee and employer in our community. We are all impacted by our […] Read more »

Economic Forecast Presentations

A record three hundred area business and community leaders, gathered on January 31st at the Kitsap Conference Center for KEDA’s 2017 Economic Forecast /Decision Makers Breakfast.  Crowd favorite, Dr. John W. Mitchell, of M & H Economic Consultants returned to deliver the keynote address, 91 Months, A New Cast & Old Issues. (Click the links below to view presentations.) The program also featured an update on Naval […] Read more »

All politics is local — and so is international trade

John Powers for the Kitsap Peninsula Journal of Business This past year I took the opportunity, on two different occasions (my columns from May and November) to write about the importance of international trade to our state, regional and local – yes, local — economy. So you might imagine I was holding my breath, and keeping my ink dry, as then candidate, now President Donald Trump threatened to turn […] Read more »

Kitsap economy highlighted in Puget Sound Business Journal

The Puget Sound Journal of Business recently published a special report profiling Kitsap County’s economic advantages and opportunities. Featured stories discussed opportunities for the technology industry, talent and workforce, workforce education, housing and business costs, and Kitsap’s role and opportunities as part of the Puget Sound regional economy. The special section also includes stories on the Fast Ferry Proposition and interviews with Kitsap Bank CEO, […] Read more »

Kitsap contributes to a global footprint

John Powers for the KPBJ Three years ago, Kitsap County joined forces with its regional partners (Snohomish, King and Pierce Counties) to participate in the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project of the Brookings Institute and JP Morgan Chase, aimed at leveraging the Greater Seattle Region’s strength in international trade to enhance direct foreign investment in our regional economy. I want to thank Brookings and […] Read more »

Plan in hand, how will we grow?

John Powers for the KPBJ The Washington State Growth Management Act was enacted in 1990. Its primary purpose is to ensure that local governments, both county and municipal, effectively manage anticipated growth within their respective jurisdictions in terms of land use policies and regulations, as well as planning for critical transportation and public works infrastructure to support projected growth. To comply with the GMA, local […] Read more »

Plan in hand, how will we grow?

John Powers for the KPBJ The Washington State Growth Management Act was enacted in 1990. Its primary purpose is to ensure that local governments, both county and municipal, effectively manage anticipated growth within their respective jurisdictions in terms of land use policies and regulations, as well as planning for critical transportation and public works infrastructure to support projected growth. To comply with the GMA, local […] Read more »

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 »

Investment and Payroll Dollars Know No Boundaries

John Powers for the KPBJ When it comes to competing for economic development opportunities (new financial capital investment and new human capital – job creation activities) everyone’s parochial interests appear to be best served when those opportunities spring forward right in their own “economic backyard”. Yet, typically, such opportunities arise and grow in larger and more diverse economic backyards known as “regional economies”. Regional economies […] Read more »

Third Generation Kitsap Business Owner Elected KEDA Board Chair

Ben Anderson, Art Anderson Associates, elected Chair for Kitsap Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance celebrated 2015, looked forward to 2016 and beyond and elected new members to their board of directors at the March 30, 2016 Annual Meeting.  The elections also included a new officer slate of: Ben Anderson, Art Anderson Associates – KEDA Board Chair Monica Blackwood, Rice […] Read more »