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Thursday, March 13, 2014 - Mason CounJournal - Page A-21 Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen Executive Director of the Economic Development Council Lynn Longan has an office inside the Our Community Credit Union building on Olympic Highway, How to put Mason County on the map be a part of it and the community." wanted to get back down to the local level," she said. By LLOYD MULLEN Iloyd@masoncoun com Lynn Longan has a plan for Mason County. "Putting Mason County on the map -- not a lot of people understand that we are here. Really packag- ing it in a nice way so that businesses can look at and really see Mason County," she said. Longan is Mason County's new economic develop- ment council executive director. She expects to have a drai economic development strategic plan out within a year that will include com- munication and marketing strategies. Longan said she believes Mason County has the opportunity to grow. "There is a lot of room to improve, to become more business friendly -- entrepreneurialism and that spirit," she said. "We are here to help improve our economy and grow jobs," she said. "I don't want it to be just the councils. I want to blend with and merge in with our county's comprehensive plan, for all of the partners to Longan took the helm of the Economic Develop- ment Council (EDC) on Jan. 22. "Everyone asks me how I'm doing," she said. "It really has felt like this natural thing for me. I feel like I've been on the job for my whole life. I'm very comfortable and feeling good about it.". Longan has worked in economic development for 21 years. In 1992, Longan went to work for the state Department of Community De- velopment, now the Department of Commerce. In 1998, she took a job in business development, now known as economic development. "That's when I found my niche," Longan said. She's been eyeing the EDC position in Mason County for the past nine years. "Matt Matayoshi (the previous EDC executive director) was a great guy and did a great job. But I "Real economic development happens at the local level." Lynn Longan, Economic Development Council "Real economic development happens at the local level." Longan said the most challenging part of her new job is reining in her "I want to do's." "All of it is reward- ing. I truly feel like I'm home," she said. "I feel like for the first time in my career, I am where I'm sup- posed to be -- know- ing that everything that I am going to do is going to affect everyone in this county." Longan has lived in Mason County since she was 2 years old. "My family has had a business in Mason County since the 1940s -- shellfish, Christmas tree farms. My grandfather was a logger, had a road construc- tion company. I have my kids and grandkids here," she said. BUSINESS BRIEFS Future of Grove Street Brewhouse pending The doors to Grove Street Brewhouse are open -- for the time being. Ar lay- in4 off all non-family members Dec. 6, the brewhouse has adjusted its hours to accommodate the remaining staff. Brewmeister Leah Thompson, with the help of one loyal customer, Mark Visagara, brewed Owl Hava, an IPA, and Ol' Pinch Fister, a brown ale and the flagship brew for the restaurant. "He just loves Grove Street," co-own- er Tessie Thompson said. The brewhouse has a potential buyer, according to Thompson. "It's pending. We're making sure that both parties can do it. It's an investment group," she said. The brewhouse is open from 1-6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday from 2-7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Xinh's to host fundraiser Tickets for "Cooking with Xinh" are available. Money raised will benefit Sherwood Guild, a chapter of the Mason General Hospital Foundation. The event will be at 6 p.m. March 23 and 6 p.m. March 24, at Xinh's Clam & Oyster House in downtown Shelton. Reservations are required by March 17. Cost of tickets include a cooking demonstration by Xinh Dwelley, reci- pes, dinner, dessert and wine or beer. For more information, call 427-3623. EDC promotes entrepreneurialism The Economic Development Coun- cil will meet with community mem- bers from noon to 4 p.m. March 20 in the Skookum Room at Mason County PUD 3 to promote entrepreneurial- ism. "I think from the EDC standpoint, it is to raise awareness in the community about entrepreneurialism. Il be looking forward to it... to come away with stra- tegic planning," EDC Exective Director Lynn Longan said. Longan will emcee the event. In a statement from the EDC, people are invited to, "Come and learn about how our local economy works, listen to. presenters explain successes from dif- ferent viewpoints, engage in an in-depth analysis to assist us in prioritizing com- munity needs, and help us create action steps that will continue to move the goals forward." The "Getting to Yes" event is sponsored on by the Shetton Cham- ber, Port of Sheon, Port of Allyn, Washington State University, Olym- pic College and the North Mason Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the EDC, go to masonedc.c0m or call 426-2276 Compiled by reporter Lloyd Mullen