Spotlight shines on regional economy at EDC annual luncheon

Noted economists Dr. Hart Hodges and Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman will be featured guest speakers at the Economic Development Council’s annual “Economics” luncheon.

Presentations by Hodges and Vance-Sherman will explore the past, present and future of the regional economy, as well as present trends in employment, industry and sales data. Hodges, director of Western Washington University’s Center for Economic & Business Research, will also lead a discussion about shaping the islands’ economy. Vance-Sherman is a Washington state regional labor economist.

The annual luncheon, now in its 6th year, is Wednesday, June 17, at Brickworks, 120 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited; tickets, $20, are available at the EDC website,

The luncheon also includes presentations by the EDC’s Gary Franklin, board of directors president, and EDC Director Victoria Compton.