ruralbusinessMany rural communities around the country are struggling to rebuild infrastructure, create new jobs where traditional industries have been lost and foster sustainable economies. Two Washington State communities in the Stillaguamish Valley, Arlington and Darrington, have joined together to overcome the challenge of disaster and rebuild vibrant economies.  Leaders from these rural communities developed the ‘Arlington and Darrington Community Revitalization Plan’ and entered their program into the national contest America’s Best Communities. Their plan has been selected as one of the top 5 finalists.  The final winner will be announced in April 2017. Read more in the Everett

Through the Startup Washington initiative, the Washington State Department of Commerce is focused on organic job growth specifically targeting rural communities. With an emphasis on encouraging entrepreneurship and small business growth, communities in Washington are flourishing organically, creating jobs, filling empty storefronts and engaging future generations in our small communities across the state.  Learn more about Startup Washington.

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