In addition to on-going support of new and growing businesses in the islands, the EDC is currently leading or engaged in the following initiatives:
San Juan Islands Made provides a common brand allowing businesses to certify to consumers that the products they buy come with the distinction of being made in the islands. A trait highly desired by visitors and residents alike as a mark of quality.
The local community has identified that it has a shortage of skilled tradespeople in the islands to meet the needs of our dynamic and growing community. Addressing this need, the EDC has partnered with local businesses and education institutions to provide well paid career opportunities for island youth and residents.
The first major program under this initiative has been the Marine Maintenance Technician Program in which 17 students have successfully completed the first stage of their education and are progressing to apprenticeships or further technical education.
By 2018 we will extend this success to Construction Trades education (Carpentry, Plumbing and Electrical) as well as apprenticeship programs for island youth.