ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Encouraging economic growth is a never-ending process.The City is an active participant in the pursuit of local and regional economic development and strategies.
Whether you are seeking employment, considering relocation of your existing business or starting a brand new endeavor - Port Angeles is a smart choice. We offer several helpful resources to further your economic goals.
All in all, from recreation to housing to the cost of doing business, your investment goes much further in Port Angeles.
BROADBAND BENEFITS / TELECOMMUNICATIONS as an ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOL
The City of Port Angeles hosted a special presentation on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, in the Vern Burton Meeting Rooms.
Lee Afflerbach, P.E. / Broadband Technology Specialist explained how Port Angeles is positioned to capitalize on this new opportunity for growth of the broadband industry and how the City's BTOP grant will impact public safety, residents, businesses, and the entire community.
Mr. Afflerbach is a telecommunications systems engineer with more than 40 years of experience and expertise covering a wide range of broadband wireless and fiber optic technologies. He has developed business plans, designed, and overseen the implementation of fiber networks for federal, state, and local governments, as well as for public safety, educational, and non-profit clients.
Citywide Wireless Initiative
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As a nationally recognized authority on wired and wireless communications, Mr. Afflerbach has served as a consultant and expert witness for public sector clients and has taught numerous courses in broadband communications technology, both in the United States and abroad.
CHOOSE LOCAL CAMPAIGN - What Goes Around. . . . When you purchase from locally owned businesses, more money re-circulates in the Port Angeles community. Local businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers, and farms. On average, for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, up to $70 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city's tax base.
Choose Local PA is a local initiative created by the Port Angeles Forward Committee at the behest of the Port Angeles City Council. Its aim is to educate residents as to why their support of the local business community is a direct benefit to the community as a whole and to the individuals who live here.
There are thousands of Buy Local campaigns nationally, many of which were studied by Port Angeles Forward. This grassroots effort was renamed Choose Local in recognition that customers have choices and that needs to be respected. The aim is to make a clear and vocal case for the benefits of supporting local enterprise, whether it's retail, manufacturing or services. The hope is that the program will develop over time and prove effective in helping to bring greater prosperity to our region.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT - ACTION PLAN
This document summarizes the process for developing the county-wide economic development action plan for Clallam County. It includes an overview of the project, objectives, sponsors, and major steps in the process of developing the action plan.
Also included are brief summaries of each three phases of the action plan development process and concludes with a draft vision statement and action plan.
Clallam County Economic Development Action Plan
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Encouraging economic growth is a never-ending process. The City is an active participant in the pursuit of local and regional economic development and strategies.
Why Port Angeles? You may think that Port Angeles is all about fishing and timber. That's not the whole story. Port Angeles is experiencing growth in new and diverse industries. Established businesses are expanding into broader fields and technologies. Local enterprises are reaching out to all parts of the globe.
The magnificent environment that may have initially drawn you here for sport and recreation remains unspoiled, but you'll find a wonderful work environment as well.
Community Demographics Port Angeles is strategically located along the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the Pacific Ocean and Puget Sound. The westernmost part of the Strait, it has a natural deep water harbor offering moorage for ships of all sizes. The Port of Port Angeles, a deep water port, is the first inbound anchorage on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Just seventeen miles across the Strait from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Port Angeles is an international gateway to the Pacific Northwest.
The climate is moderate with the average yearly rainfall being 25 inches a year with the average high temperature being 62 degrees, with an average low of 40 degrees.
Complementing the geographic advantages is an infrastructure created with business and industrial needs in mind.
The City of Port Angeles is blessed with a variety of transportation options linking our City with other regional and local communities.
Options also exist to allow visitors to enjoy our many attractions once you're here. Transportation services and facilities include an international airport, international ferries, a regional transit system and van, limousine and taxi services.
Good schools produce a good work force. Peninsula College serves degree-seeking students and those pursuing specialized training or retaining. The college works in partnership with local businesses to design curricula responding to local needs. It's Corporate Training Institute attracts companies and their executives from a broad area. Four-year degree and certificate programs from Washington State University and Western Washington University are available through Peninsula College.
Further opportunities for training are provided by programs such as the North Olympic Peninsula Skills Center.
The motto of the Port Angeles School District, "Quality Education in a Quality Community", is exemplified by the district's partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates Foundation grants go to districts that demonstrate the characteristics of nationally recognized districts. Port Angeles students consistently score above state and national averages on standardized tests. The community contributes generously to a local scholarship program for graduating seniors.
The Port Angeles School District serves a population of about 25,000 people, in an area of approximately 330 square miles. A major portion of the district is located within the boundaries of Olympic National Park.
Total enrollment in the district is approximately 4,500 students. The District employs over 300 certificated staff members and more than 200 classified staff. Students attend school for 175 days— scheduled from September to June.
Clallam Transit was created in 1979 as a Public Transportation Benefit Area, the Clallam Transit System (CTS) has grown to provide bus service to customers throughout Clallam County. ClallamTransit features 14 available routes and an Annual Operating Budget: $5,715,000 (2004).
William R. Fairchild International Airport is a full service commercial airport located on the Olympic Peninsula of Northwest Washington State, on the southwest side of the City of Port Angeles.
It occupies 797 acres of property, of which 382 acres are devoted to aeronautical uses. The terminal area and general aviation landside facilities lie in the southeast portion of the property.