City hosting Business Blitz

Local businesses may get a visit from the City of Sequim next week as it looks to establish economic development goals for the future.

The City is beginning its Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program with a Business Blitz from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Clallam County Economic Development Council are joining the city in visiting 50 businesses in Sequim to start a dialogue about future plans and concerns of businesses, city services and available programs that may assist with business’ overall wellness.

Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin said this event is a concept he really believes in.

“It’s really going to be an eventful and fun day,” Irvin said. “It’s a great resource.”

The BRE Program is part of the city’s Economic Development plan that was adopted by the City Council in December of 2016. The information collected from these visits will be used to help the council in making goals around economic development for the City.

Sequim Schools’ students and the public are also invited to meet Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz from noon to 12:45 p.m., Oct. 17, at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza, 152 West Cedar Street.

City Manager Charlie Bush said city staff aim to do the event annually and tentatively are planning to visit up to eight businesses a month with a small group of staff.

City staff are in the process of contacting businesses to schedule visits and if a business would like to guarantee they are visited, contact Irvin at 582-2457 or jirvin@sequimwa.gov.

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