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									        Grant
       County
     Economic
Development Council
  2007 Annual Report
                                               Year-in-Review
                                               A look back at the projects that
                                               made 2007 the most productive                6
                                               year ever for the EDC.


                                               Construction
                                               What is the result of over $1.2
                                               billion in construction and over             8
                                               2,000 construction workers?


                                               Around the County
                                               From Grand Coulee to Mattawa,
                                               every community in Grant County             10
                                               was busy in 2007.


    President’s Perspective    .............................1
    Executive Director’s Message ..................2
    Partners & Investors .................................4
    Year-in-Review .........................................6
    Constructing Grant County .....................8
    Around the County ................................10
    Return on Investment ............................12
    Making an Impact ..................................13




Board of D
                 PRESIDENT                                              Ron Covey (City of Moses Lake)
  Robert Trask, Jr. (Robert M. Trask Agency)                              Tim Culbertson (Grant PUD)
                                                                      Brian Dano (Dano & Harper, PLLC)
           VICE PRESIDENT
                                                                             Matt Eisen (Key Bank)
     Lynn Garza (Agri/Com Appraisals)
                                                            Mark Fancher (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Ranch & Home)
               TREASURER                                                    Philip Isaak (Isaak Land)
    Juliann Dodds (Sterling Savings Bank)                              Brian Kuest (LeMaster & Daniels)
                                                                     Brian Meiners (Basic American Foods)
              SECRETARY
                                                                       Larry Peterson (Port of Moses Lake)
        Mike Wren (Port of Ephrata)
                                                                        Cathy Potter (Port of Royal Slope)
             BOARD MEMBERS                                              Dick Pulis (Agri/Com Appraisals)
 Leroy Allison (Grant County Commissioners)                                 Gerry Ramm (Inland Oil)
   Harlan Beagley (Columbia Basin Herald)                                  Tim Snead (City of Quincy)
    Scott Campbell (Samaritan Healthcare)                               Dale Walker (Walker Industrial)
      President’s Perspective
          “ Without positive growth we will have nothing to sell.”
            The accomplishments of the Grant County Economic Development Council in 2005, 2006,
            and 2007 are nothing short of fantastic.

            It took many people to invest time and money in attracting new business to our county and
            the partners and investors of the Grant County Economic Development Council should be
            very proud of their collective efforts. The goals set and the goals attained provide dividends in
            the form of new business to Grant County.

            As we move forward in 2008 our strategic plan will include vocational training as well as the
            promotion of Grant County and the benefits it has to offer. Grant County is a wonderful place
            to live and work.

            Without you, the members, the board of directors, and a good staff, growth in Grant County
            would have been minimal at best. To all of you a very hardy thank you. Just look at what
            is happening in Grant County and be proud. However, remember our work is not yet
            complete.

            We look forward to your continued support,



                       k Jr.
         Robert M. Tras




Directors
             EX-OFFICIO BOARD                                          Lisa Karstetter (Quincy Valley Chamber)
           Bob Adler (Port of Mattawa)                                    John Laughery (Specialty Welding)
        Gary Ash (National Frozen Foods)                          Char McDowell (Total Employment & Management)
     Dave Bailey (CH2M Hill Engineering)                                   Chris Nelson (Wheatland Bank)
 Bill Bonaudi (Big Bend Community College)                                 David Olson (Moses Lake Clinic)
       Bill Davis (Windermere/K-2 Realty)                                     Marvin Price (Ochoa Foods)
 P.J. DeBenedetti (Moses Lake School District)                          Scott Ramsden (Midway Beverage, Inc.)
       Terry Dorsing (Royal Ridge Fruits)                          Bev Shuford (Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce)
             Kim Foster (ASPI Group)                                         Jay Smith (Golf Savings Bank)
         Calvin Greene (Eka Chemicals)                                      Jim Sperry (Express Personnel)
  Larry Godden (Air America Fuel & Service)                                     Lon Topaz (REC Silicon)
      Tom Heath (Washington Trust Bank)                              Sheldon Townsend (Western Polymer Corp.)
     Rick Honsowetz (LeMaster & Daniels)                                      Chris Vogel (Quincy Foods)
        Wayne Hovde (City of Soap Lake)                                Roy Warnick (Central Bonded Collectors)
      Francis Irwin (Irwin Surgical Group)                                        Jeff Wiberg (BBSI)           1
Executive Director’s
Terry L. Brewer
Executive Director
                                When we began                                      our work in 2007 I could never have imagined that
                                                                                   we would work on 40 different projects or project
                                proposals by the end of the year. That number exceeded the record level of activity we saw in
                                2006. We are pleased to have been a part of the process that resulted in a number of project
                                commitments for Grant County in 2007.
                                   In early 2007 the Grant County EDC Executive Committee and various standing committee
                                chairs met to update our existing strategic plan. The group agreed to revise our major objectives to
                                the following:
                                   1. Proactively support at least two major workforce education, training and recruitment
                                initiatives for the economic prosperity and quality growth of Grant County businesses.
                                   2. Recruit, expand, or retain at least five food and agricultural related projects every five years
                                resulting in 500 jobs.
                                   3. Recruit, expand, or retain at least 20 service, manufacturing, and distribution projects every
                                five years resulting in 1,000 jobs.
                                   4. Proactively support at least two major infrastructure projects annually for the economic
                                vitality of Grant County.
                                   The Board of Directors for the Grant County EDC has approved these major objectives for
                                2008. Staff and board committees will focus resources and efforts on identifying obstacles to our
                                plan and developing actions in order to eliminate those obstacles so we can meet the objectives
                                that we have identified.
                                   Throughout 2007 we published quarterly newsletters with articles covering a number of
                                projects. We also prepared several news releases highlighting our successes. I will briefly recap
                                the business projects in this report.
                                   Intuit and Ask.com began work on large data center projects. ML Fab Co. rehabbed an existing
                                facility and began manufacturing architectural windows for high rise construction projects.
                                Guardian Building Products broke ground on a large fiberglass insulation manufacturing plant.
                                Specialty Chemical Products began clearing out unneeded infrastructure and equipment in the




 Construction
began this fall
  at Specialty
   Chemicals
new facility in
  Moses Lake




    2     Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report
Message
former Columbia River Sugar Plant
to make room for a new electrical
chemical processing operation and
Advantage Industries began an
assembly line operation for a new
water sport product.
   Katana completed construction
of new facilities in Ephrata and
hired additional employees. Genie
Industries increased production
capacity and hired more employees.
Kyra Wines and Dry Falls Wines
are two new wineries that opened
in Grant County this year.
   There was major construction
activity at REC Silicon in 2007
and it will continue through 2008
and beyond. Guardian Building
Products, Specialty Chemical
Products, and Norco will be                 Ground broke October 15 for Guardian Industries 500,000 square foot facility
engaged in major construction
projects during much of 2008.                                        We fully understand that our businesses are faced with
   We have worked with other companies that are fully local, state, and regional issues that affect their day-to-day
committed to develop industrial projects in Grant County and operations. We do our best to communicate that we are here
we expect to see at least two and perhaps three of these make to assist them with those issues or problems. We know that
announcements and begin                                                                           our local companies may be the
construction in 2008.                                                                             target of some other community’s
   These industrial and high
                              “ We know that our local companies may                              recruitment efforts, and we don’t
tech employers all pay wages    be the target of some other community’s                           want our businesses to leave
that are well above the Grant                                                                     town or expand somewhere else.
County average. The projects    recruitment efforts...We take business                            We take business retention and
I have mentioned are located                                                                      expansion very seriously.
in Quincy, Ephrata, Moses       retention and expansion very seriously.”                            There is more activity on our
Lake, and Grant County.                                                                           radar screen that we believe will
New capital investment in these projects is raising assessed result in actual industrial sector projects in Grant County in
values to record high levels for each of these jurisdictions.      2008. For now we will work aggressively to meet the needs
   This year we also assisted in the research and compilation of and expectations of existing businesses and industries where
data that was used by Dr. Steve Chestnut and Dr. Gene Scharratt possible, and we will do our best to position Grant County
in completing a feasibility study and report which advocates the communities as the optimal location for new industrial
development of a skills center for high school students in Grant projects.
County. We have also been actively participating with a local        If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions
task force that is focused on assisting local employers with their about our work, please call us. We are always pleased to visit
workforce recruitment and hiring needs.                            with you or to invite you to a board meeting.


                                                              Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report   3
Partners &
Columbia $25,000 +
City of Moses Lake
                                               Discovery Ford L-M Honda
                                               Genie Industries
                                                                                     Moses Lake Iron & Metal
                                                                                     Moses Lake-Othello Association of
Grant County                                   Inland Oil                              Realtors
Port of Moses Lake                             *Maiers Development                   Moses Lake Steel Supply, Inc.




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                                               *McKinstry                            Ochoa Foods
Grand Coulee $10,000-$24,999
                                               *Microsoft                            Port of Coulee City
ASPI Group, Inc.
                                               Midway Beverage, Inc.                 *Port of Wilson Creek
Grant County PUD
                                               Moses Lake Clinic                     *Quality Rental Homes & Storage
*Yahoo!
                                               *Norco                                Quincy Farm Chemicals, Inc.
Wanapum $5,000-$9,999                          Northwest Farm Credit Services        Robert M. Trask Agency, Inc.
Central Terminals, LLC                         Quincy Foods, Inc.                    *Signs Now
Chicago Title Insurance Company                Port of Ephrata                       *Specialty Chemical
Port of Quincy                                 Port of Mattawa                       Specialty Welding, Inc.
Washington Trust Bank                          Port of Royal Slope                   The Life Company
Priest Rapids $2,500-$4,999                    Port of Warden                        Zip Truck Lines, Inc.
                                               Samaritan Healthcare
Basic American Foods                                                                 Rocky Ford Creek $300-$499
Canfield & Associates                          Security Title Guaranty, Inc.
                                                                                     A & H Printers, Inc.
City of Ephrata                                *Smart Homes
                                                                                     ABC Properties
City of Quincy                                 TITAN
                                                                                     Air America Fuel & Service, Inc.
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Ranch &              Washington Biodiesel, LLC
                                                                                     Alliance Consulting Group, Inc.
  Home, Inc.                                   Washington State Potato Commission
                                                                                     *Alsted Real Estate, LLC
Columbia Basin Herald                          Western Polymer Corporation
                                                                                     Animal Medical Center, Inc.
Eka Chemicals                                  Saddle Mountain $750-$999             Avista Utility
Express Personnel                              Best Western Lake Inn                 Bank of Whitman
*Frontier Title & Escrow                       City of Royal City                    Basin Insurance Associates
Key Bank                                       City of Soap Lake                     Basin Refrigeration & Heating
LeMaster & Daniels, PLLC                       Columbia Colstor, Inc.                Basin Tree Service & Pest Control
REC Silicon, LLC                               Gary Mann Real Estate                 *Berschauer’s Business Center
Takata                                         I-90 Auto Group                       Big Bend Community College
Total Employment & Management                  J.R. Simplot Company                  Bulldog Info Tech, LLC
Walker Industrial                              Quincy Valley Medical Center          Business Interiors & Equipment, Inc.
Windermere/K-2 Realty, LLC                     Sonico                                Cacchiotti, Dr. Dino
Dry Falls $1,000-$2,499                                                              Calbom & Schwab, P.S.C.
                                               Frenchman Hills $500-$749
Advantage GMAC Real Estate                                                           Cascade Consulting Group
                                               Argus Insurance, Inc.
Agri/Com Appraisals                                                                  Cascade Natural Gas Corporation
                                               Basin Employment Service & Training
Aho Construction, Inc.                                                               Cave B Estate Winery
                                               BBSI
AmericanWest Bank                                                                    Central Bonded Collectors
                                               Brewer, Terry & Shirley
*Ask.com                                                                             City of George
                                               CHS, Inc.
City of Warden                                                                       City of Grand Coulee
                                               *Dano, Gilbert, & Ahrend, PLLC
*Central Washington Concrete                                                         Columbia Basin Machine Co.
                                               Dune Lake Properties
Chemi-Con Materials                                                                  Columbia Bearing Sales
                                               Horizon Credit Union
Columbia Basin Railroad Co., Inc.                                                    *Columbia Glass, LLC
                                               Jones Produce
Consolidated Disposal Service, Inc.                                                  *Columbia NW Engineering
                                               *M.L. Fab Co., LLC
*Coyote Investments, LLC                                                             *Consolidated Electrical Distributors
                                               Molitor, John
Desert Graphics                                                                      Courtright Enterprises, Inc.
                                               Moses Lake Golf Club
                                                                                     Crown Moving Company


      4     Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report
& Investors
 Dano & Harper, PLLC
 Dano, Brian & Cynthia
                                       Skone & Connors Produce, Inc.
                                       Skone Irrigation & Supply, LLC
                                                                                    Heath, Tom & Jill
                                                                                    Holloway, Robert & Agnes
 David Rodstol, Inc.                   Sodexho                                      Hopperstad, MaryAnn
 Don Eng Insurance & Financial         *Spectrum Communications                     Irwin, Dr. James & Frances




 07
   Services                            Steffens, Thomas                             Isaak, Philip
 *Don Long Services                    Sterling Savings Bank                        *Isherwood, Scott
 Dorsing Farms, Inc.                   Stoneway Electric                            Jones, Kent
 *Double Diamond Fruit                 Sutter, Kunkle, & Thompson, P.S.             Knapp, Rory A.
 Eckenberg Farms, Inc.                 Town of Coulee City                          Knudsen, K.S.
 *ESM Consulting Engineers             Town of Electric City                        Leitz, Lisa
 Ferrell Gas                           Trion Properties                             Lischka, Fred
 *Fox Properties, LLC                  *Tyco, Inc.                                  Lundberg, Alan
 Golf Savings Bank                     US Bank                                      Owen, Col. Clyde
 Housing Authority of Grant County     *Valley Eye Care                             Parker, Alice
 Home 123                              Vrieling Financial                           Parr, Les
 *J&M Electric, Inc.                   Washington Mutual Bank                       People for People
 J.R. Newhouse & Co., PLLP             Wenke Enterprises                            Peterson, Dr. C.G.
 John L. Scott Real Estate             Western Mortgage                             Peterson, Larry
 K&N Electric Motors, Inc.             *Western Pacific Engineering                 Redal, LeRae
 Katana Industries                     Wheatland Bank                               Roe, Dona
 LAD Irrigation Company, Inc.          Wilbur-Ellis Company                         Stevens, Richard
 LC Farms, Inc.                        Willow Drive Nursery, Inc.                   Thomas, Ted
 Lenroc Company                        *Windermere/Central Basin, LLC               Town of Hartline
 Les Parr Real Estate                  Work Source Moses Lake Affiliate             Town of Wilson Creek
 *Loan Network, LLC                                                                 Wagner, Howard & Karen
                                       Friends of the EDC $100
 Lubach Communications                                                              *Wold, Pat
                                       Addink, Ben
 Marcusen, Lisa                                                                     Yada, Bernie & Ladell
                                       Addink, Stan
 Mar Don Resort, Inc.                                                               Zimbelman, Dick
                                       Arango, Denise
 Martin-Morris Agency, Inc.
                                       Arnold, Bob                                  In-Kind
 Meiners, Brian & Molly
                                       Bailey, David                                Columbia Pacific Aviation, Inc.
 Mid State Bank
                                       Barr, Carl                                   Signs Now
 Millers Fine Jewelers, Inc.
                                       Bernd, Bob                                   Desert Graphics
 Moses Lake Dairy Queen, LLC
                                       BBCC Foundation
 Moses Lake School District                                                         Reciprocal
                                       *Brower, Al & Mardine
 Mr. Build Total Construction                                                       Big Bend RC & D Council
                                       Choe, John
 *Mulliken, Joyce & Mike                                                            Ephrata Chamber of Commerce
                                       Cole, Randy
 National Frozen Foods Co.                                                          Grand Coulee Dam Area Chamber of
                                       Dano, Graciela
 North Central Washington Fence, LLC                                                  Commerce
                                       Dickinson, Jane
 Port of Seattle                                                                    Ice Age Floods Institute
                                       Dickinson, Randy
 *Qualls Ag Lab                                                                     Moses Lake Business Association
                                       Dinges, David
 Ries Law Firm                                                                      Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce
                                       Eidukas, John “Jack”
 Rock Steel Structures                                                              Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce
                                       Ferrians-Adams, Joyce
 Sage Hills Golf Club & RV Resort
                                       Fisk, Robert
 Schultheis, Tabler & Wallace
                                       Forster, Ed                                  *New Member 2007
 Skaug Brothers, Inc.
                                       Froese, Gordon
 SkillSource
                                       Hall, Larry


                                                     Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report   5
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  center will               mplex in M             ting a data
              go live in e               oses Lake
                           arly 2008                .
  30 people.                          and will em The data
                                                  ploy aroun
  Direct Jobs                                                d
 Indirect Jo
             bs                                           30
 Total Jobs
                                                          76
Approxima
            te New Earn                                 106
County Wid               ings/Wage
            e Average                s          $5,239,00
Worker Inc              Earnings P                        0                                                                     ground on a
           rease                   er                                                                       rglass, Inc. broke
                                                                                  Octob  er - Guardian Fibe                      anufacturing
                                                    $40.56                                                    glass insulation m
                                                                                  500,00  0 square foot fiber                   plant when it
                                                                                                              employed at the
     October - Specialty Chemical pur                                             plant. 12 8 people will be
                                           chased 4 buildings                                        nal in mid 2009.
     and 6 acres of land in Moses Lak                                             becomes operatio                                       128
                                          e and began work to
     prepare the facility for manufactu                                            Direct Jobs                                                  91
                                       ring precipitated silica.
    The plant will employ 50 people.
                                                                                   Indirect Jobs                                              219
    Direct Jobs
                                                             50                     Total Jobs                                      $12,873,000
    Indirect Jobs                                                                                     Earnings/Wages
                                                             74                     Approximate New
    Total Jobs                                                                                        age Earnings Per                    $131 .97
                                                          124                        County Wide Aver
    Approximate New Earnings/Wage
                                        s         $6,187,000                         Worker Increase
    County Wide Average Earnings Per
    Worker Increase                                   $49.49


        6      Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report
                                                                          June - In
                                                                                    tuit broke
                                                                         foot data               gro
                                                                                     center th und in Quincy for
                                                                        the fall o               at is on s             a 227,00
                                                                                   f 20 0 8 . T             c                     0 square
                                   on cutting ceremony to                                       he facilit hedule to be ope
April - Microsoft held a ribb                                           Direct Jo
                                                                                  bs
                                                                                                          y will em
                                                                                                                   ploy abou
                                                                                                                                rational in
                                   t data center in Quincy. At                                                               t 5 0 p e op
celebrate the opening of its firs                                      Indirect J                                                         le.
                                  ploy up to 50 people.                           ob s
full capacity the facility will em                                                                                                      50
                                                           50         Total Job
                                                                                s
Direct Jobs                                                                                                                           127
                                                          127        Approxim
                                                                                 ate New
Indirect Jobs                                                        County W                Earnings
                                                                                                       /Wages                        177
                                                          177                   ide Avera
 Total Jobs                                                          Worker In               ge Earnin
                                                                                                         gs Per
                                                                                                                           $8,731 ,0
                                                                                                                                       00
                                                  $8,731,000                    crease
                                    ges
 Approximate New Earnings/Wa
                                    Per                                                                                                $67.48
 County Wide Average Earnings                          $67.48
 Worker Inc  rease




                                                                       Year-Long - Construction continued on REC Silicon’s
                                                                       $600 million expansion. The facility is on schedule
                                                                       to be completed in the fall of 2008 and will employ an
                                                                       additional 90 people that will refine raw silica into solar
 December - The Yahoo! data                                            grade polysilicon.
                                 center in Quincy went live
 after the official Yahoo! yodele                                                                                              90
                                  r christened the building.           Direct Jobs
 The data center will employ aro
                                   und 50 people.                                                                                              105
Direct Jobs                                                            Indirect Jobs
                                                         50             Total Jobs                                                             195
Indirect Jobs
                                                       127              Approximate New Earnings/Wages                             $10,890,000
Total Jobs
                                                       177              County wide Average Earnings Per
Approximate New Earnings/Wa                                                                                                                $104.44
                                  ges         $8,731,000                Worker Increase
County Wide Average Earnings
                                 Per
Worker Increase                                    $67.48                     Source for statistics: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.
                                                                 Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report            7
Constructing
                                         With over $1.2 billion of construction underway,
                                              Grant County is poised for record growth.

You see them                                   in restaurants, grocery
                                               stores, gas stations, and
everywhere in between. They dress in steel toed boots, hard hats,
and orange vests. They are part of the fastest growing sector of
Grant County’s economy and they are over 2,000 strong.
  They are construction workers and they are literally building the
future of Grant County.
  There are hundreds of construction projects underway in the
county that total over $1.2 billion in capital investment. These
projects include; retail, banking, manufacturing, agriculture,
technology, housing, distribution, offices, education, power
generation, and healthcare.
  While some of these projects are new facilities and others are
renovations, all of them are benefiting our local retail and service
industries. In 2006, the taxable retail sales in Quincy shot up a
whopping 172% over 2005. Since then, even more construction
has started in the area that should continue to push those figures
to record highs.
  This phenomenal boom in construction is temporary, but the
peak is still in front of us. In early 2008, several more multimillion
dollar industrial facilities will begin construction and by mid year
we should begin to see a leveling off as projects started in 2006 and
2007 come to completion.
  When the construction slows down the economic benefits speed
up as the newly built facilities are filled with workers who will live
and spend their incomes in Grant County for years to come.




       8      Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report
Grant County

2,000 Construction Jobs
2,000 construction workers in Grant County support
an additional 1,502 jobs in the local economy.
Construction worker spending has a huge influence
on local retailers. Those businesses that benefit the
most are listed below.
2,000 construction jobs support:
140 jobs at restaurants and bars
82 jobs at supermarkets and other grocery
stores
60 jobs at motor vehicle and parts dealers
56 jobs at miscellaneous retail stores
54 jobs at general merchandise stores
46 jobs at building material and
garden supply stores
40 jobs at gasoline stations and
convenience stores
30 jobs at automotive repair
and maintenance centers
Source for statistics: Economic
Modeling Specialists, Inc.




                                                        Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report   9
        Around the County
                                                                      Join us on a cross country
                                                                      trip as we look at dozens
                                                                      of economic development
                                                                      projects across Grant County.
Coulee City / Hartline                                                    Mattawa
The Dry Falls Interpretive Center, a major stop along the                 Wahluke Wines continued to expand this year and they
Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway, was awarded a                      were joined by Ginkgo Forest Winery which opened in
grant of $185,000. The byway is one of the largest draws                  midsummer. The Port of Mattawa continues its work to
for tourism in the Coulee City Hartline area and for all                  increase wastewater capacity at the port’s industrial parks.
of Grant County. The office of Superintendent of Public
Instruction approved funds to help construct a new high                   Quincy
school for the Almira Coulee Hartline School District.                    The Microsoft and Yahoo! data centers became operational
                                                                          and the Intuit data center started construction. The Port of
Ephrata                                                                   Quincy and the City of Quincy continue to work closely
Katana Industries completed its expansion and has                         with state officials to increase water and wastewater
grown to around 180 jobs making it one of the ten largest                 infrastructure necessary for the future growth of these
manufacturing employers in the county. The Port of                        facilities.
Ephrata, with assistance from the city, county, and state,
completed a new road that connects the port’s industrial                  Royal Slope
park directly to State Highway 282.                                       The Port of Royal Slope worked with state legislators and
                                                                          the EDC to provide assistance to an onion packing facility
Grand Coulee                                                              that was locating at the port’s industrial park. The facility
Sunbanks Resort continued building new accommodations                     became operational in early fall and has created additional
for tourists. It added 10 one bedroom villas and 10 cabins                job opportunities for local residents.
making the resort one of the largest in Grant County. Also,
a delegation from Central China visited Grand Coulee                      Warden
Dam to learn how they can install a laser light show at the               Community leaders and local residents formed the Warden
Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.                                    Development Council. The goal of the council is to improve
                                                                          life in the area through beautification, employment
Moses Lake                                                                opportunities, better housing, educational opportunities,
Three new manufacturing businesses located in Moses                       grant writing, and closer cooperation between citizens
Lake this past year; ML Fab Co., Guardian Fiberglass,                     and government. The group meets the first and third
and Specialty Chemicals. Ask.com also chose Moses                         Wednesday of every month at the Corral Restaurant.
Lake as the location for its newest data center and Norco
announced plans to construct an air separation plant in                   Wilson Creek
early 2008. Construction continued all year on the REC                    You can now access the City of Wilson Creek on the world
Silicon expansion. The widening of State Highway 17                       wide web at www.wilsoncreekwa.com. The City of Wilson
through Moses Lake was completed and the Port of Moses                    Creek and the Port of Wilson Creek have been working on
Lake continues its work towards securing airline passenger                several projects that will help attract new business to the
service at the Grant County International Airport.                        community.


  10     Grant County Economic Development Council - 2007 Annual Report
                                                                  Some projects are so large
                                                                  that it takes the collective
                                                                  effort of everyone to make a
                                                                  positive difference.
County Wide - Workforce Development

“T   here is no more important item for economic
     development than workforce training and education.”
This statement was made by Terry Brewer, executive
                                                                  clear information to high school students and their parents
                                                                  about skills required for local job opportunities in the
                                                                  Columbia Basin.
director of the Grant County EDC, at the ground breaking             Participating businesses will provide career paths within
for the Career One Stop Center in July, 2006.                     their organization that are available to students that have
   The One Stop Center officially opened its doors for            the proper education. These career paths apply to students
business this past summer and has been busy training and          who plan to work immediately after graduating
educating people to successfully enter the workforce.             from high school and those who plan to pursue
   Partners that have located inside the new center include;      secondary education.
WorkSource, SkillSource, Big Bend Community College,                 The future really is here in Grant County
the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Grant Mental         and as we continue to work together we will
Health, Columbia Basin Job Corps., the Employment                 find that we are more than ready to face that
Security Department, the American Association of                  future.
Retired Persons, and the Occupational Opportunities
Industrialization Center.
   Everything a job seeker needs is within arms reach
once they enter the One Stop Center, but in economic
development it is not enough to wait for people to
come to you.
   A task force has been established that is
taking a proactive approach to developing
and improving the workforce in the
Columbia Basin. This task force includes
local businesses, community leaders,
the Center for Business and Industry
Service, the Grant County EDC, local
high schools, and all the partners
already listed in the One Stop Center.
   The most visible product of the task
force’s efforts is the annual “The Future
Is Here” job fair. This is a moving job
fair that will be held at high schools
throughout the Grant and Adams
County area.
   The purpose of the job fair is to provide

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Return on Investment
                                   +                                             =
Measuring the value of economic development
S   ure, we can say that economic
    development improves quality of life,
but quality of life is subjective. How do we
                                                When talking about “bang-for-your-
                                                buck,” it doesn’t get much better than
                                                this.
                                                                                               suicides decrease, violence against women
                                                                                               and children decreases, teenage pregnancy
                                                                                               decreases, drug abuse decreases, teenage
really know if it is being improved?              Taking the process a step further we         smoking decreases, the number of low
  We start by applying an objective             can begin to subjectively look at the value    birth weight children decreases, crime
measure of the value of economic                these new jobs and incomes bring to the        decreases, school readiness test scores
                                                county in terms of quality of life.            improve, sanitation improves, and life
development and work our way back to
                                                  The average job created as a result of       expectancies increase.
quality of life.
                                                the EDC’s efforts pays over $10,000 a year       As incomes in Grant County continue
  The simplest way to do this is to calculate   more than the county wide average. This        to rise these trends will follow and our
the return on investment for economic           means that the new jobs created as a result    county will become an even better place
development.                                    of the EDC’s efforts raise the county wide     to work and live.
  We did this at the Grant County EDC           average wage.                                  Source for statistics: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.
by tallying up the EDC’s membership               With incomes on the rise we can next
revenue over the last ten years. Next, we       look at social indicators that are linked to
compared the total membership revenue           income and get an idea of how the quality
with the job growth that is being created       of life improves as incomes increase.
as a result of the projects the EDC is            The following social indicators have
involved with.                                  been linked to income, so as incomes rise;
  We were pleasantly surprised at how
high the return on investment is for our
members:
  Every dollar invested in the EDC will
  create $82.20 of new wages and earnings
  in the county.
  Every $574.47 invested in the EDC will
  create 1 new job with an average yearly
  salary of $47,218.
  Every $1,846.37 invested in the EDC
  will raise the yearly earnings of every
  worker in the county by one dollar.




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                                                     IMPACT
MAKING AN

                                          This past year the Microsoft and Yahoo! data centers became operational.
                                        In 2008 the Ask.com and Intuit data centers will go live. These data centers
                                                                provide huge benefits to the Grant County economy.


T    he Grant County data centers have
     received a lot of attention locally and
nationally.
                                               jobs pay so well that the county average
                                               salary will go up over $167.
                                                 Another benefit of such high paying
  The high tech community was watching         jobs is that they create even more jobs. For
when first Microsoft and then Yahoo! became    every two data center employees hired, an
operational in rural Quincy, Washington.       additional five jobs will be created elsewhere
Now the collective eyes of this community      in the economy for a total of seven jobs.
are focused on Grant County as one of the        The vision statement of the Grant County                        2 data center jobs...
prime locations for new server farms.          EDC is “It’s all about jobs,” and these new
  The Grant County EDC is working hard         data center jobs are exactly the type of
to ensure that these new data centers land     employment opportunities we had in mind.
somewhere in the county. Why? Because            These jobs provide terrific opportunities
data centers provide big dividends for a       for the residents of our communities to
rural economy.                                 increase their salary, learn new skills, and
  The average yearly earnings per worker       improve their quality of life. The EDC
at a data center are more than double the      is proud to be part of improving career
county wide average yearly earnings per        opportunities in Grant County.                                  Create 5 additional jobs
worker. The estimated 125 new data center      Source for statistics: Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc.          in the county.



  Quincy Yahoo! Data Center Fun Facts
      Total man hours for project? – 330,000
      Total employees? – 625 used during construction
      Total miles of wire used? – 57 miles (302,400 linear feet) of conduit
      Local vendors used? – 75
      Taxes paid to state of Washington? – $3,328,565 (as of October 2007)
      Yards of concrete? – 5,125 cubic yards
      Rebar? – 105 tons
      Excavated material? – 136,000 tons
      Tons of steel? – 460 tons
      Number of anchor bolts? – 700 bolts
      Number of welds? – 5,000 welds
  If you take 330,000 man-hours and divide by 8 hours per day you get 41,250 man-days. You could say
  that 50% of the craft bought a breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack during the day. Therefore 20,700 meals
  purchased in Quincy, 20,700 x $7.00 average meal = $144,000 spent on meals.



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