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Interim EDC director: Time to work together

January 21st, 2014 - 5:48am

(Port Angeles) – The interim director for the Clallam County Economic Development Council says it is time for local economic development groups to start collaborating.

In an interview with KONP, (available for download here: http://tinyurl.com/k3ek7ok) Tim Smith says he offered to come out of retirement because the time was right to help the area formulate a more cohesive economic development message.

Smith had been retired for a decade, after serving as the economic development director for the city of Port Angeles. He signed a 120-day contract last week to be the director at the Clallam EDC.

Smith says there are more groups now dealing with economic development than when he was at the city, and those messages have become more divergent.

Smith says there is still room for groups to have unique identities. But he says funding is getting scarce it it makes sense to start looking at duplication and ways to share resources.

Smith says he is encouraged by upcoming meetings between the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce, Port Angeles Business Association, Port Angeles Downtown Association and the local CEO group to explore ways the “Port Angeles centric” business groups could collaborate.

He also is welcoming larger talks that Peninsula College has offered to host looking at the region's economic development approach.

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