Representative Kilmer presents plan to improve Olympic Peninsula
In light of the persistent high unemployment rate on the Olympic Peninsula and after months of meetings with residents to discuss ways to improve the economy, Representative Derek Kilmer released the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative. This six-point plan lays out ideas, bills, and tools for the peninsula.
“Over the course of the last year, I’ve met with a wide range of constituents to discuss just what it will take to get our local economy really going again,” wrote Kilmer “As someone who was born and raised on the Peninsula and spent a decade working in economic development, I know we actually have a lot of the key building blocks in place. We have a skilled workforce, strong ports, abundant natural resources, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are laying the foundation for long-term economic growth.
The six components of the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative are:
Growing Opportunities in the Timber Industry
Bringing Jobs Back to America, Invest in Rural Areas
Enhancing Our Infrastructure
Protecting Our Fisheries
Supporting Innovation and New Market Opportunities
Promoting Competitiveness through Life-Long Learning
“It’s also clear that the federal government can help leverage these strengths to boost our local economy. That is why I am putting forward the Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Initiative—to outline ways in which we can advance policies that will help spur economic growth, strengthen the long-term viability of key industries, and protect our precious natural resources for future generations.”