Good jobs should always be front and center. Many jobs can go away or move, but not jobs tied to the beauty of a river or the Cascade Mountains.
Outdoor recreation is a big driver for our local economy. Last year, $2 Billion was spent on outdoor recreation in Snohomish County. Nearly 15,000 jobs are tied to the sector. I am working with a group of people to tell visitors about our wonderful Sky Valley and encourage them to visit, to spend money here, and to use the river that connects our communities like a string of pearls.
The Skykomish-Snohomish River Valleys Rural Tourism Workshop series started in March with visioning and planning sessions. The communities of Skykomish, Index, Gold Bar, Sultan, Monroe, Snohomish and Lake Stevens met monthly for day-long workshops covering Agriculture and Culinary Tourism, Small Town Experiences, Adventure Travel and Outdoor Recreation - topics selected by the communities.
The goal of the workshop program is to empower area leaders, electeds, businesses and non-profits with planning tools to develop these focus areas and increase sustainable tourism programs for their communities and region.
For additional information about the sessions visit www.Snocotourismworkshops.org. The series is an initiative of the County Strategic Tourism Plan.