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Interim EDC chief says some local business groups should explore merging

January 8th, 2014 - 5:36am

(Port Angeles) The interim head of the Clallam County Economic Development Council says it might make sense for some of the groups that deal with economic development and promotion of the area to merge.

Tim Smith spoke to the Port Angeles Business Association yesterday.

He suggested an ad hoc committee be formed to explore efficiencies that might happen if tasks were shared between the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, Port Angeles Downtown Association and the Port Angeles Business Association.

Smith says two members from each of the groups could serve on the committee.

He says times have changed and there are a lot of groups trying to promote economic development.

Smith is also the vice president of the PABA and begins a 120-day contract today as the interim director for the EDC. He also was the economic development director for the city of Port Angeles, retiring ten years ago.

Smith said today's climate is bringing abut different feelings and attitudes regarding economic development.

Much of the discussion was about parameters, and how regionalized an approach should be taken when considering economic development efforts.

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