ANACORTES — Education and the need to prepare students for in-demand jobs and jobs of the future were a focus Tuesday of the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County’s annual Economic Forecast Night.

In his year-end review, EDASC CEO John Sternlicht said Skagit County is seeing businesses expanding, including manufacturer Eddyline Kayaks, TRICO Construction and cleaning products supplier Legend Brands.

The area is also drawing interest from businesses elsewhere in the country and abroad.

Sternlicht said Latitude Aero, a North Carolina-based aerospace firm, recently opened a facility in Burlington for the overhaul and repair of aircraft seating. And collaboration continues between local and Norwegian business leaders in the maritime industries.

Anneliese Vance-Sherman, regional

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