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.)|
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