Sequim Business Blitz gears up Tuesday

SEQUIM — Businesses might get visits from city of Sequim officials Tuesday as the city looks to establish economic development goals for the future.

City officials are beginning a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program with a Business Blitz from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and Clallam County Economic Development Corp. are joining city officials in visiting 50 businesses in Sequim to start a dialogue about future plans and concerns of businesses, city services and available programs that might assist with a business’ overall wellness.

Assistant City Manager Joe Irvin said this event is a concept he really believes in.

“It’s really going to be an eventful and fun day,” Irvin said. “It’s a great resource.”

The BRE Program is part of the city’s economic development plan, which was adopted by the city council in December 2016.

The information collected from these visits will be used to help the city council set economic development goals.

Sequim school students and the public also are invited to meet Seattle Seahawks mascot Blitz from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St.

City Manager Charlie Bush said city staff aims to hold the event annually and tentatively is planning to visit up to eight businesses a month with a small group of staff.

City staff is in the process of contacting businesses to schedule visits, and if a business would like to guarantee it is visited, contact Irvin at 360-582-2457 or jirvin@sequim wa.gov.