Opportunity zones info session set

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County will host the county’s first opportunity zone information session from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center, 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon.

Opportunity zones are the product of a new tax law that offers investors preferential capital gains tax treatment for projects that create housing, jobs or both in economically distressed census tracts, according to an EDASC news release.

The event will feature experts from the National Development Council, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and tax experts. Mayors from Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes and Mount Vernon will highlight the goals for their respective opportunity zones.

Skagit Regional Health opens new clinic

Skagit Regional Health has opened a urology clinic at 32650 Highway 20, Suite E-105 in Oak Harbor.

Three physicians will offer appointments five days a week. The new clinic will be able to better serve patients on Whidbey Island, the San Juan Islands and greater Anacortes area.

Food option comes to Farmstrong Brewing

A Double Barrel Barbecue food truck is moving permanently to the newly renovated beer garden at Farmstrong Brewing in Mount Vernon.

The food truck will operate seven days a week, according to a news release. Double Barrel Barbecue recently opened a location in Sedro-Woolley.

All Farmstrong beers are locally sourced, and the taproom is open to all ages.

Paper company moves into Burlington

WCP Solutions, a wholesale provider of paper and packaging products, has expanded into Burlington.

The new 40,000-square-foot location will allow the company to expand delivery to Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish county locations, according to a news release. The company was founded in Seattle and has 14 locations in six states.

The company is a wholesaler provider of fine paper, envelopes, packaging supplies, janitorial and facility supplies, food service supplies and equipment integration solutions.

Life Care Center gets new director

Mike Shaw is the new executive director at Life Care Center of Mount Vernon, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.

Shaw has been a long-term care administrator for 25 years, and most recently served as executive director at CRISTA Rehab & Skilled Care in Shoreline, according to a news release.

Life Care Center of Mount Vernon is one of 16 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in the state managed by Life Care Centers of America.

Country Meadows nurse honored

The Washington Health Care Association recently named Caroline Davis, resident care director of Village Concepts Country Meadow Village of Sedro-Woolley its Assisted Living Nurse of the Year.

The award recognizes an “assisted living nurse who demonstrates outstanding innovation, achievement and capabilities in their provision of high quality, person-centered care in a service-oriented culture in an assisted living community,” according to a news release.

Davis started at Village Concepts in 1997.

Workshop on government contracting

The Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County and the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center will hold a free workshop on government contracting for small business owners at 10 a.m. Thursday at the EDASC offices, 204 W. Montgomery St., Mount Vernon.

For more information, visit skagit.org.

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