KEDA to host annual breakfast

The Kitsap Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) will host the 16th annual Decision Makers Breakfast on Jan. 29 from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Kitsap Conference Center, Bremerton Harborside.

Acclaimed economist, John W. Mitchell Ph.D., Principal, M & H Economic Consultants, will deliver the keynote address with his 2014 Economic Forecast, “Year Five: Transitions and Experiments.”

Mitchell, a former chief economist for U.S. Bancorp and economics professor at Boise State University, who is known for his shrewd observations and charismatic delivery will discuss prospects and risks for the nation and the region in the coming year.

Dr. Mitchell previewed the address saying, “We are ending year five with hope that the long anticipated pick up in the growth rate is at hand.

The grand behavioral experiment of the health care changes and reduced federal bond purchasing are wild cards set amidst a rebounding housing sector, de-leveraged consumers, and the certainty that we will not have a replay of the fiscal cliff.”

Other program highlights include  a focus on online marketing with a presentation from WA Department of Commerce, Marketing Services Manager, Robb Zerr, who will the discuss the importance of marketing in a digital world, the role of social media, and the benefits of collaborative marketing.

Attendees will also get a first look at the newly refreshed KEDA brand and a brief tour of the new economic development website, as well as a look back on Kitsap Connected, the award-winning multi-media campaign launched at last year’s event.

Doors open and breakfast service begins at 7 a.m. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Puget Sound Ball Room. Visit for additional information and to register. Tickets are available for individual purchase as well as reserved tables for 10.

Contact Theresa Mangrum at or 360-377-9499 for additional information.

This event is sponsored by Puget Sound Energy and Western Washington University.


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