Grant to help Stilly Valley economy

The U.S. Economic Development Administration has announced that it has awarded Economic Alliance Snohomish County a $150,000 grant to develop a long-term economic redevelopment strategy for the North Stillaguamish Valley.

The area suffered severe economic disruption following a deadly landslide on March 22. Oso and Highway 530 suffered greatly and access was cut off between Darrington, Arlington and the greater Puget Sound region.

The strategy, known as the North Stillaguamish Economic Redevelopment Plan, when completed will be a blueprint for the long-term economic redevelopment for the region and as a model for rural economic development for similar corridors in Puget Sound.

The plan will lead the transition from a natural resource extraction and processing-based economy to one focused on diversification and promoting new industries such as advanced manufacturing, tourism and green energy. This project will help grow locally based, high-skilled, high-wage jobs in the region.

The project, led by EASC, is a collaborative effort of Snohomish County, Arlington, Darrington, Workforce Snohomish and Washington State University. Completion is expected in spring, 2015.

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