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RESOLUTION 2035 <br /> ADOPTING THE <br /> ANACORTES MARITIME STRATEGIC PLAN 2018 <br /> WHEREAS, in September 2016,the City of Anacortes and Port of Anacortes,together with <br /> the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County(EDASC), initiated discussions to develop a <br /> new comprehensive strategic plan for promoting and expanding a sustainable maritime economy <br /> in Anacortes and Skagit County, while preserving the authentic maritime culture of Anacortes; and <br /> WHEREAS, in 2017,the City, Port, and EDASC conducted an extensive set of interviews with <br /> a diverse range of local maritime sector manufacturers, services providers, retail businesses, <br /> property owners, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations to assess the <br /> characteristics, strengths, challenges, and opportunities facing the maritime sector in Anacortes; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, these interviews were augmented by discussions of the Skagit County Maritime <br /> Industry Cluster Working Group convened by EDASC during 2016 and 2017, which incorporated a <br /> broader cross-section of countywide maritime industry stakeholders; and <br /> WHEREAS, based on input by the citizen stakeholders, City and Port staff, and members of <br /> EDASC, City staff prepared the draft Anacortes Maritime Strategic Plan 2018 for the City of <br /> Anacortes and Skagit County; and <br /> WHEREAS,this strategy is timely as it coincides with the launch in December 2017 of the <br /> Governor's Washington Maritime BLUE:2050 Vision for Accelerating Innovation project; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Plan draft was presented to the Anacortes City Council on February 19, <br /> 2019; and <br /> WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that it is in the best interests of the City to <br /> adopt the Plan. <br /> NOW,THEREFORE IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE ANACORTES CITY COUNCIL to <br /> authorize the adoption of the Anacortes Maritime Strategic Plan 2018, as the official act and deed <br /> of the City of Anacortes. <br /> PASSED and APPROVED on this 25th day of February, 2019. <br /> CITY OF ANACORTES <br /> d— <br /> Laurie ere, Mayor <br /> Resolution No. 2035 <br /> February 25,2019 <br />