Program seeking to spur forest products industry

By Peter Segall
Peninsula Daily News
February 14, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

PORT ANGELES — A program to boost the forest products industry in Clallam and Jefferson counties is moving ahead, with hopes of attracting new businesses and creating new jobs. Last year, the Clallam County Economic Development Council received $50,000 from the state Department of Commerce to set up its Natural Resources Innovation Center (NRIC), with the hopes of boosting a local forest products industry. Now the EDC is getting ready to stand up NRIC as a nonprofit organization to serve as a hub for forest product businesses to connect with other companies, find funding opportunities and access economic and feasibility studies. The group will be industry-led and work to find projects that are collectively beneficial for the industry and support small forest products businesses that may not be able to afford or conduct things like feasibility studies on their own.

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