Lt. Governor’s Visit to Orcas Island: Economic Development, Housing Affordability, & Community Town Hall

On Wednesday, Lt. Governor Habib traveled to Orcas Island, continuing his economic development tour of Washington state.

The Lt. Governor first met with the San Juan County Economic Development Council Board of Directors to discuss workforce and education issues faced by County, and new economic development initiatives the organization is promoting.

Later joined by small business leaders, the meeting centered on the key issues of closing the affordable housing gap, expanding reliable broadband access across the county, and making critical updates to the maintenance and capacity of our ferry fleet, which island residents and tourists rely on.

An Honorary Lion himself, Lt. Governor Habib attended the weekly meeting of the Orcas Island Lion’s Club where he shared an overview of his work in the Lt. Governor’s Office, and discussed how to bring civility back to our political discourse.

Lt. Governor Habib met one-on-one with local elected leaders including State Sen. Kevin Ranker, and San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes, and later held a joint Town Hall with Sen. Ranker to give an update to Orcas Island residents on the work the Lt. Governor’s office has done in its first six months.
Finally, Lt. Governor Habib delivered the keynote speech at the OPAL Community Land Trust housing affordability rally, highlighting the importance of sustaining economically diverse communities, and preserving the values of the Island Communities by ensuring their residents have access to housing near where they work and go to school.