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Longtime Skagit economic development director to retire

Here’s a news release from Economic Development Association of Skagit County, announcing the retirement of Don Wick:

Don Wick has announced plans to retire from the Economic Development Association of Skagit County (EDASC). Wick has served the communities in Skagit County for nearly three decades at the helm of EDASC.

During his tenure, EDASC attracted numerous businesses and a wide variety of good paying jobs to Skagit County. The award winning association has been recognized for innovation, and partnerships statewide, nationally, and internationally.

“Don has had a long and distinguished career at EDASC,” said Board President Lennart Bentsen. “He has made invaluable contributions to Skagit County. Countless lives have been changed, and many families have been impacted by the jobs that were created through his tireless efforts on behalf of this community. His dedication to Skagit County is unmatched.”

In an announcement to EDASC employees and members of the Board of Directors, Wick said he plans to stay until a replacement is found which will most likely be mid-2015. Bentsen said, “While we will immediately begin the candidate search, we hope to keep Don at EDASC part time in some capacity.”

“My decision to retire from EDASC was not taken lightly,” Wick said. “It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience, heightened by my association with so many outstanding partners who care deeply about Skagit County.”

Wick joined EDASC in 1987, after spending 15 years in radio broadcasting as a news director, program director and station manager.

With 500 members, EDASC is one of the largest membership based Economic Development Association in WA State. EDASC provides relocation services for companies interested in bringing jobs to Skagit County, as well as networking events, workshops and confidential business counseling services.

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