Economic Development Council of Tillamook County adopts new strategic plan

August 27, 2018— The Economic Development Council of Tillamook County approved a new strategic plan to guide efforts through 2023. The plan was developed over a six-month process with the help of consultant Valerie Folkema, and agreed upon at the August 21, 2018 EDC meeting by unanimous vote of the board. The EDC will focus on five key goals over the next five years.

The five goals include:
1) Diversify, enhance and increase funding sources for the EDC;
2) Increase communication and outreach to the community;
3) Actively lead and engage in the retention, expansion and recruitment of opportunities for commercial, industrial and residential development;
4) Work with Visit Tillamook Coast tourism organization to implement separation plan from EDC; and
5) Work with county and partner organizations to find solutions to housing issues, particularly workforce housing.

“The EDC is renewing its commitment to the county to enhance the general economic betterment of its citizens,” said EDC board chair, Suzanne Weber, the mayor of the City of Tillamook. “This plan gives us a way forward to help tackle important community and organizational needs.”

The EDC is currently seeking a full-time director. The application can be found on the Tillamook Bay Community College job board. A first review of applications begins August 31, but the position will remain open until filled.

The EDC board of directors includes Suzanne Weber (chair), Michele Bradley (vice chair), Doug Olson (treasurer), KC Fagen, Garry Bullard, Ed Gallagher, Mike Bever, Tammy King-Crossley, Dr. Ross Tomlin, and County Commissioner Bill Baertlein.