Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib

Lt. Gov. Habib visits Kitsap County to promote economic development

BREMERTON — Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib will visit Kitsap County Oct. 26 for a series of meetings and events focused on regional economic development.

In Kitsap County, Habib will first speak to the Rotary Club of Silverdale to provide an update on the international and higher education work he has been doing since taking office in January, and the importance of service-based clubs in strengthening communities.

Habib will then convene a meeting of local civic, business and government leaders, hosted by the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance, for a roundtable discussion on improving state collaboration with local stakeholders to assist in business recruitment, expanding foreign direct investment, and increasing opportunities in higher education and workforce development.

Following the meeting, Habib will continue his tour with a one-on-one meeting with Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, where he will hear about the economic development opportunities in the Kitsap Peninsula’s largest city, and discuss opportunities for expanding growth across the region.

Habib will close out the day by keynoting the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance’s annual Fall Decision Makers Conference, where he will deliver remarks on his office’s local approach to statewide economic development. Other scheduled participants in the conference — from 3-6 p.m. at Kiana Lodge in Suquamish — include Michael Schutzler, CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association; and Dr. Joseph Williams, director of economic development for the ICT Sector. On the agenda: The impact of technology firms working in Kitsap; what KEDA’s Technology Committee is working on; an introduction to Western Washington University’s Cyber Range and and Olympic College’s CIS degree programs; keeping your business safe and up to date; and using technology in your business.

According to Habib’s office, the lieutenant governor has made promoting job growth and development in Washington’s local economies central to his office mission, and he has visited over a dozen counties throughout Washington state in targeted economic development tours since taking office in order to identify opportunities for investment.

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