LONG BEACH — Workforce and tourism play prominent roles on March 15 as retail and hospitality vendors meet to discuss issues affecting the industry.
Consultant Jay Robertson and Megan Fiess from the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council will present information related to the local workforce as well as lay out priorities for Pac Mountain’s 2016-2020 strategic plan.
Robertson has collaborated with nearly 100 communities and organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest since the mid-1990s, on twice as many projects. In addition to community visioning, his areas of expertise include public involvement program design and execution, policy development, economic analysis, strategic planning and complex issue facilitation.
Fiess started in the fall of 2014 as Pac Mountain’s Strategic Initiatives Analyst. Her core responsibilities are researching, evaluating and recommending workforce system strategies, policies and procedures to support the mission, vision, and goals of the Regional Local Elected Official Consortium and Regional Workforce Council Board.
Kevin Decker, coastal outreach specialist with Washington Sea Grant, will present information on the impact of tourism on the coast. He will also discuss the new 0.01 percent tax in Pacific County and answer questions.
The 0.01 percent tax was adopted in January 2015 to fund substance abuse and mental health treatment and therapeutic court programs.
The forum includes time for retail and tourism business owners to network and share perspectives on this key segment of the Pacific County economy.
The Pacific County Economic Development Council hopes the meeting will develop three topics that could be pursued at a follow-up gathering.
The event is 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Adrift Hotel, 409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach. For more information on the forum, call EDC Director Paul Philpot at 642-9330 or 360-875-9330.