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EDC sets Decision Makers' Breakfast

"John Mitchell, western regional economist for U.S. Bancorp, will give the keynote address at the Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council's Decision Makers Breakfast in January. The third annual event is scheduled for 7:30-10 a.m. Jan. 9 at the WestCoast Silverdale Hotel. Registration costs $30 per person.Mitchell, an engaging speaker and one of the Pacific Northwest's foremost economists, will present a regional economic forecast, titled Almost 10 But Slowing. Mitchell, who joined U.S. Bank in 1983, is author of Territory, a semi-annual regional economic overview, as well as U.S. Bank's Economic Update, a monthly in-house review of the economy.Joining Mitchell as keynote presenters will be Stephen H. Dunphy, well-known business columnist for The Seattle Times and Robert C. Anderson, a Snohomish County trade advisor.Dunphy, whose column appears Sunday through Friday in the Times' business section, is the newspaper's former business editor and Pacific Rim editor. He's been with the Times since 1967 and has earned numerous journalism awards. Dunphy will discuss Kitsap County's place in the state and regional economy and how it might improve its position.Anderson has had an illustrious career in banking, politics and trade and economic development. He was the mayor of Everett from 1968 to 1977 and was executive director of the Washington Bankers' Association in Seattle for 12 years. He is also a former director of the Washington State Department of Commerce and Economic Development and has been on the board of directors of many state trade-related organizations. Anderson's address is titled, Kitsap in the World, and will focus on opportunities for Kitsap County businesses to enter into international trade markets.This is an opportunity to hear some of the best minds in the region talk about the year ahead and the challenges facing the Central Puget Sound, and, most importantly, Kitsap County, Karl Jonietz, chair of the Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council, said in a press release. We encourage your attendance in what we believe will be a lively and informative morning.In addition to the three keynote presenters, the Decision Makers Breakfast will feature a panel discussion involving three Kitsap County primary employers. The panelists will include representatives from Watson Furniture, Airbiquity (formerly Integrated Data Communications) and Square Rigger Corp. The panel will focus on why companies move to Kitsap County and why they stay and will be moderated by the KREDC's Kevin Dwyer.To register for the Decision Makers Breakfast call (360) 377-9499 visit www.kitsapedc.org. The KREDC is a private, non-profit corporation whose mission is to diversify Kitsap's economy and integrate it into the larger national economy. The KREDC has a 15-member board and a full-time staff of four people. "

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