Congratulations to KEDA Economic Development Champion award winners!

  Economic Development Champion Lifetime Achievement Dr. David Mitchell, president of Olympic College, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his longtime collaboration with business leaders in creating relevant academic programs that prepare young people and those who are changing direction in midlife. His unflagging leadership brought WSU and WWU to Kitsap as part of their 2+2 programs Economic Development Champion – Public Sector Congressman Derek […] Read more »

August 9th KBF presents Business Trends: What Is Changing That You Should Know?

August 9, 2016 Kitsap Business Forum  Technology, market forces, business transitions, workforce, and the gig economy — all impact your business. This month we’ll be talking trends with a panel of experts. Find out how smart business people spot a trend before it crashes into their companies. A panel of local experts will provide insights on the business trends you need to know. Kelly Deis, […] 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 »

July Kitsap Business Forum: Meeting Workforce Needs – Today & Tomorrow

Meeting Today’s and Tomorrow’s Labor Needs to Be Discussed in the Next Kitsap Business Forum July 14th 7:30-9am Kitsap Conference Center, 3rd Floor RSVP now!  The Kitsap Business Forum will present “Meeting Our Workforce Needs Today and Tomorrow” on July 14. David Bryant Mitchell will lead a discussion with several of Kitsap’s key workforce stakeholders: Wendy Brant (SAFE Boats International), Matt Linkemeyer (Applied Technical Systems), Julie […] Read more »

Julie Tappero Honored as South Puget Sound Woman of Influence

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot harder to make a difference.” Julie Tappero, founder/CEO of Gig Harbor-based West Sound Workforce and a 2014 “Woman of Influence,” credits retired TV newsman Tom Brokaw for that inspirational quote on her computer. It is clear that placing more than 5,000 individuals into new jobs in Pierce and Kitsap counties over the 16 years since opening […] Read more »

Kitsap might see labor shortage

The KPBJ – Tad Sooter, Kitsap Sun Julie Tappero believes Kitsap County is facing a problem it hasn’t confronted in years: a labor shortage. West Sound still lags behind Washington as a whole in job creation. But hiring has picked up in certain industries to the extent that employers are having trouble filling positions, particularly in skilled fields. “We’re definitely starting to see a worker shortage, where you […] Read more »

Workforce development in Kitsap gets a boost from bill passed in Congress

The KPBJ An overhauled public workforce development program will be signed into law by President Obama after overwhelming passage by both the House and Senate, routing funding to Kitsap County to provide job training and employment support services. “I’ve seen firsthand that federal workforce programs can change lives, boost our economy and get people back to work,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), “but we can’t […] Read more »

Register now! Kitsap Business Forum: How Find, Hire, and Train the Best

  May 13th, 7:30-9:00 AM Morgan Stanley Conference Room (2011 Myhre Rd, Ste 301, Silverdale, WA 98383 Map) Kitsap has a depth of talent not seen in many markets. Yet many business leaders struggle to find the right people to fill their team. To help you get the continue developing the best team, Julie Tappero, CEO for Westsound Workforce, Monica Blackwood, Principal at Rice Fergus Miller, and Samantha Powers,Director of Continuing […] Read more »

Here’s To Our Champions … Here’s To Them All!

JOHN POWERS ~ KEDA Over one hundred partners of Kitsap’s Economic Development Alliance gathered for our Annual Meeting on March 20th to review 2013 results, approve a 2014 Work Plan, and elect board members and officers for the coming year. Outgoing Board Chair, Julie Tappero, President of West Sound Workforce, briefed community and business leaders on work performed by KEDA’s team of economic developers in 2013. Last […] Read more »