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Clallam Networks: A National Best-Practice Model

Clallam netWorks was a regional economic development program led in Clallam County, Washington by Frank Knott, founder of Vital Economy, and area leaders. This initiative was comprehensive in nature consisting of asset-based methodologies, industry cluster analysis, workforce and education strategies and alternative finance structures.

Clallam netWorks results include:

  • Created 467 new jobs an average wage of $41,599
  • Raised the average wage from 66% to 71% of the state average
  • Generated over $108M in collaborative project investments
  • Grew retail sales by 15%.

The National Governor’s Association recognized the initiative as a national rural economic development best practice model.

The essence of the initiative was based upon the launch and coordination of eight industry cluster teams working simultaneously as shown in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1: Clallam netWorks Industry Cluster Niche Market Opportunity Analysis






B2B software Farmer’s market Global tourism & lifestyle packages Alder harvest and value added processing Ship and boat repair
Gaming software Fiber mills for alpaca Regional marketing and branding Artisan cabinet and furniture manufacturing Aquaculture, fix and shell fish farming
Energy technologies Field to table organic crops, meats, seafoodd Year round shared seasonal employment Engineered wood products Yacht construction and marina maintenance
Composite materials High value floral crops (lavender, etc.)
Medical devices
Environmental sciences

For more information or to learn how VE’s unique community economic development approach can work for your region, contact VE or call 410-321-1484.