Vitality

The Economic Development Council of Mason County (EDC) helps businesses succeed. 

How We Help

The EDC provides one-on-one, confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to individual businesses seeking to establish, expand or relocate to Mason County. Our mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout Mason County by retaining and recruiting jobs, growing strong and sustainable industry clusters, and promoting global competitiveness for Washington State. We are committed to being your go-to source for economic information on Mason County through our cluster-driven, client-focused approach. For personalized help, please feel free to contact us.

Economic Vitality Action Plan 

The EDC staff, stakeholders, EDC board members, public leaders from across the county, education, industry and labor leaders came together to create our 2018-2019 Strategic Plan (known as the Economic Vitality Action Plan). This plan guides our activities and efforts. 

Objective 1: Grow Local Jobs

Help existing employers retain and expand jobs to improve economic vitality county-wide. To do so, the EDC is taking the following actions:

  • Collaborate with city, county, and state partners to identify and assist local companies with business retention & expansion opportunities in targeted sectors, providing counsel and connecting them with strategic resources
  • Engage companies and foster growth in Foreign Direct Investment and export opportunities in the region

Objective 2: Recruit New Jobs

Recruit growing companies, especially those that improve regional supply chains in targeted sectors. The EDC works quickly and aggressively to respond to company and site selector requests and identify high-growth “gazelle” companies and gaps in supply chains to target for recruitment.

  • Proactively market the region globally in collaboration with other economic development partners utilizing enhanced recruitment materials and website content
  • Conduct recruiting missions and attend trade shows in collaboration with regional partners
  • Host and foster business development opportunities with delegations, both U.S. and international
  • Respond to requests for information from clients and partners timely and aggressively
  • Update and maintain market intelligence data, including demographics, employment, economic and real estate information, including top available sites for King County and its 39 cities

Objective 3: Support Startups

Cultivate Mason County’s next generation of businesses and entrepreneurs. To increase the chances of business success, the EDC will support and promote a variety of opportunities for startup and entrepreneurial assistance. 

Actions:

  • Counsel individual entrepreneurs and connect them with strategic resources
  • Coordinate with other strategic partners to conduct group training workshops for entrepreneurs and startups
  • Continue to strengthen the EDC’s comprehensive web portal of resources available to entrepreneurs throughout King County
  • Partner with other agencies and organizations to reach target audiences, particularly in parts of King County that have been underserved by existing startup resources

Objective 4: Strengthen Industry Clusters

Fortify key sectors to create a robust and diverse economic base. The EDC’s unique value flows from our cluster-driven, client-focused approach to business development. This in-depth approach provides an avenue for our team to partner with key industry associations to identify steps that can be taken to strengthen the sectors themselves, allowing for a more robust and diverse economy and more intentional marketing efforts.

Actions:

  • Develop industry snapshots to provide an annual look at industry-specific data for our seven target sectors
  • Identify gaps and needs related to supply chain and/or the local ecosystem
  • Work with public sector to support strategic clusters
  • Help identify industry-specific workforce training and development needs

Organization Vitality

Create a strong organization led by a dynamic Board and staffed by forward-thinking economic development professionals

The EDC is a small but impactful organization staffed by dedicated professionals committed to its mission and lead by a Board of Directors that includes some of the county’s top leaders. To meet these objectives and grow the local economy, the EDC must also work to strengthen the organization from the inside out. 

Actions:

  • Increase communication with the Board of Directors and improve Board engagement
  • Continue implementation of a communications strategy that increases brand awareness and positions the EDC as the “go-to” economic development organization
  • Recruit high-performance business development specialists and provide on-going professional development opportunities for the entire team
  • Improve communications with stakeholders to raise awareness of the organization’s position as the only public/private partnership focused on retaining, expanding and recruiting businesses across Mason County
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