ILWACO — Thirty local businesses and organizations are invited to participate in the first Team Peninsula Prosperity face-to-face event at the Black Lake Center later this month.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23, the Pacific County Economic Development Council [EDC] invites south county businesses and organizations to participate in a round-table discussion to determine what products, services and information they need to have in order to be sustainable.

“In 2003, the EDC held a visioning meeting or conference, and out of that a lot of good work and committee groups came together, and discussed, and brought some good ideas together,” Pacific County EDC Director Cathy Russ remembers. “Some Peninsula business leaders thought it was time to engage in a discussion to identify what’s missing and what services do existing businesses have that others aren’t aware of.”

Russ says the purpose of the face-to-face meeting is to identify what services or products local businesses are obtaining from outside Pacific County. Once those needs are identified, there will be an opportunity for participants to market their businesses and services to other businesses on the Peninsula. She adds that she’d also like to identify the out-of-county vendors and then make contact to see if that vendor could be attracted to set up a commercial business within the county.

According to information provided by the EDC, dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact in a community as dollars spent at national chains. Shopping locally creates jobs, funds more city services through sales tax, invests in neighborhood improvement and promotes community development.

The brainstorming session will identify future needs for the Peninsula, specifically in regards to commercially zoned property and the expansion of existing businesses.

“We want people with a vision to attend,” Russ explains. The event is presented by Pacific County EDC, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Beach School District Superintendent Boyd Keyser, and Tom Downer of Jack’s Country Store.

The cost to participate is $10. Space is limited to the first 30 registrations, so call 642-9330 to reserve your space. Bring some information on the services you provide, catalogs, promotional packages, and business cards to share with others. The Black Lake Center, formerly Ilwaco High School, is located at 404 School Road in Ilwaco.  

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