Join PA City Manager Nathan West on Wednesday on Coffee with Colleen 8am & other News

Join PA City Manager Nathan West on Wednesday on Coffee with Colleen 8am: Nathan recently provided a very comprehensive State of the City address to the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, but due to lack of time he did not have an opportunity to dive into programs and issues. Please join us to ask follow up questions of Nathan and his team.

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Photography Notice: Be aware that by participating in the Clallam EDC’s event, “Coffee with Colleen,” you are automatically authorizing the Clallam County Economic Development Council and its employees and agents to use your name, photograph, voice or other likeness for purposes related to the mission of EDC including but not limited to publicity, marketing, websites, and promotion of the EDC and its various programs.
Port of Port Angeles awarded $7.3 Million to develop former Plywood Mill site

The Port of Port Angeles was notified April 13th from the Economic Development Administration that it was selected to receive $7.3 Million to support construction of a new Marine Trade Center. The $11.1M project will help transform the site from its current idle state to a busy industrial center for boat maintenance and repair. 

The 18-acre property was a former plywood mill that operated from 1943 until its closure in December 2011. As a part of the Port of Port Angeles’ environmental cleanup efforts the Port demolished more than 180,000 square feet of mill structures, removed residual soil contamination and with this funding move forward into redevelopment of the property. The repurposing of this property for this will create over 400 direct and indirect jobs according. Median per capita income for Clallam County from 2016-2020 averaged a little over $28,000.

The jobs created by this project are forecasted to have an average wage of $55,000, significantly improving our local wages for years to come.
Click Here to Read the Full Press Release
The University of WA SeaGrant Staff is Requesting Our Input: Washington SeaGrant (WSG), based at the University of Washington’s (UW) College of the Environment, has been awarded funding to conduct economic resilience planning for a five-county region on the west coast of Washington.

Working with a broad range of organizations focused on use and conservation of the marine environment and its resources, Washington SeaGrant supports the needs of an even larger set of stakeholders including our county. WSG hired the Western Region Development Center located at Utah State University to deploy their Area Sector Analysis Plan (ASAP) which looks at the economic priorities of counties determined through the survey below and by compiling an asset map (researched and delivered by the Clallam EDC).
WRDC then produces a list of industries that they determine would be a good fit for our county. The Clallam EDC will consider the information produced by this process to add to our 5-year Countywide Economic Plan which will be published later this year.

Please provide your input to the WRDC-designed survey below:
Survey Link
Congratulations to 3 Local Businesses on Receiving $1.45M in Early Learning Facility Child Care Funds: Clallam County YMCA was awarded $1M for their Port Angeles Child Care Facility for their new center; Concerned Citizens of Forks received $200,000 for Minor Renovations; Sequim’s Little Explorers Early Learning Center was awarded $250,000 for a major renovation.
Events – Online & In Person…
Peninsula College Community Forums – Interviewing our Next President: Please email questions you would like us to ask the final candidates to kfrancis@pencol.edu(link sends e-mail). PC will try their best to get through all questions received.

Public forums will take place the week of April 11 and 18. Each candidate will participate in a community three forum. Forums will be virtual, or community members are welcome to attend in-person in room: J-47. Masks are encouraged, social distancing guidelines will be followed, and maximum capacity for those attending in person is 50.There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question-and-answer session. All who participate in the candidate forums will be asked to provide feedback to the Board of Trustees via an online survey at the conclusion of each forum. Completed forms will be given to the Board of Trustees for their review.

Today – Tuesday, April 19 – Dr. Suzanne Ames: Community Forum: 1:30 – 2:00 pm Link to join virtually: https://pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/87614595805Survey feedback link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/president-finalist-forums-ames
Are you in the Creative Sector? Join the Creatives Academy Classes developed the State Department of Commerce’s Senior Managing Director for Rural, Small Business and Marketing Solutions, Robb Zerr: This series of lessons covers a wide swath of business skills. It is designed to teach those in the creative sector how to turn their passion into a livelihood. Twelve sessions to help them create a sustainable, profitable business, from pricing and negotiation to intellectual property and going global. You can take the classes on your own time. It’s already getting great reviews from creative sector professionals. 
Register Here
Linking Financial Wellness and Small Business Development Webinar:
Apr 27, 2022 2:00 – 3:30 pm Pacific Time – Register Here

For many people in rural communities, small business ownership can be a powerful path out of poverty and into financial security and well-being. Yet in today’s economy, financial systems are increasingly complex, business planning is challenging to navigate, and barriers to achieving financial stability can be daunting.

Join the Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) and the Financial Empowerment Network (FEN) on April 27th, 2022 2-3:30 pm, to learn more about providers across the state offering both financial wellness services and small business development services. We will explore how layering both types of support can multiply the positive impact for individuals and communities.

Financial empowerment services can include financial education, counseling, or coaching, and work to ensure that communities have access to reliable information and trustworthy tools to help with topics such as dealing with debt and improving credit, budgeting, banking, taxes, starting a business, and homeownership. Small business development programs work with people who want to increase their income by starting their own business, learning to sell their products or services online and manage their cash flow.

We will hear from a panel of organizations grounded in both financial empowerment and small business development, who will share their journey to offering both types of support and what structures and partnerships have worked well for them along the way. This session will be interactive, and we hope you will leave with resources and new ideas about how you can support your clients in accessing both types of support.

This webinar is brought to you by the Washington State Microenterprise Association (WSMA) and the Financial Empowerment Network (FEN) with support from Black Owned Business Excellence, Seattle Credit Union and the Washington State Department of Commerce.
Are you traveling to Victoria?

Canada’s government has announced that effective April 1, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test result to enter Canada by air, land, or water. The announcement will allow Canadian visitors to visit Seattle without the burden of COVID-19 related testing upon returning home.
Info From State Agencies for Small Businesses
What is a 1099-K form? Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, all third-party network companies, including Venmo, PayPal, and Square, are required to issue 1099-K forms to merchants for card payments that exceed $600. Here’s what you need to know about Form 1099-K

Gig Economy Income is Taxable: The IRS requires all income earned from the gig economy to be reported; even if the income is temporary or not reported using a 1099 or W-2. The Gig Economy Tax Center offers tips for managing your records and taxes. Read more here
Secretary of State’s Office: GIVE SMART: Tips for anyone considering donating to a charity, nonprofit, or relief organization: Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs encourages Washingtonians to do their due diligence and conduct research on the charities or nonprofits to which they donate to support relief efforts in Ukraine. The Charities Division offers tips for anyone considering donating to a charity, nonprofit or relief organization.  Learn more here

Department of Labor & Industries: Required Workplace Posters: Employers are legally required to display certain posters in their workplace to inform employees of their rights and responsibilities. You may order these posters or download them for free by visiting their website. Learn more here

Employer Guide to Workers’ Rights: Learn about the workplace rules and regulations enforced by the Employment Standards Program. Visit the Training Center to learn more

Liquor & Cannabis Board: Making Outdoor Areas Permanent for Bars & Restaurants: Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the LCB worked closely with members of the industry to approve temporary outdoor areas that would accommodate social distancing. If you have an outdoor area that received temporary approval that you would like to make permanent, please contact your local Enforcement and Education Officer for a consultation. State WAC 314–03–205 outlines the requirements for serving alcohol in outside areas.
OTHER GOOD STUFF…
Resources for Employer Health Insurance for Employees: Are you looking to provide health insurance for your employees? Here are a few Washington State options! Business Health TrustOne Redmond 
Clallam County Data from Dept of Revenue: The most recent published information from the Washington State Department of Commerce Tax Statistics Reports: As of July 1, 2019 Clallam County had 6,742 Registered Businesses. As of July 1, 2020 Clallam County had 6,443 Registered Businesses. As of July 1, 2021 Clallam County had 6,649 Registered Businesses.
Clallam County Free Food Resources
WSU Extension has provided a comprehensive list of free food resources for Clallam county. To download the list click the button below. You can also find this and other resources at chooseclallamfirst.com/communityrelief or Free Food Resources
Since 1981, the private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit EDC has been priority-focused on recruiting quality new businesses to Clallam County while retaining the existing businesses and assisting in expansion. The EDC supports companies in creating new jobs and to grow the economy and infrastructure of our rural county and Washington State.

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