WOEDA is a dynamic group of business, community and government leaders dedicated to supporting the economic growth of West Oahu. Together we strive to be a voice for job creation in West Oahu. We engage in advocacy, education and promotion, to ensure that West Oahu is a great place to live, work and play.
WOEDA's current efforts are aimed at increasing the number of jobs in West Oahu. This calls for:
Advocacy - Developing legislative and public awareness to support job development in West Oahu. An example is WOEDA's support for the development of a mass transit alternative.
Program Development – Activities that further the goal of job development in West Oahu. An example is WOEDA's annual West Oahu Conference.
Promotion - Partnering with others who share our mission. An example is WOEDA's partnership and shared focus with Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Enterprise Honolulu to bring jobs to West Oahu. Another example is WOEDA's COOP Advertising program which helps raise awareness of businesses in West Oahu.
WOEDA was created in 2001 to meet
the needs of Hawaii's fastest growing area. The number of businesses
in the area has doubled over the last decade as more businesses
recognize the value of being where the growth will occur.
In 2011 WOEDA commissioned a study to identify and quantify economic development opportunities in West Oahu. The study forecasted the West Oahu region to increase in population to over 218,500 by 2016 with the number of working age individuals at nearly 135,000. Aggregate consumer spending in the West Oahu region is expected to increase from $3.6 billion in 2011 to $4.0 billion in 2016. The number of full and part-time employees is expected to increase to over 105,000 by 2015 with the industries expected to employ the most workers being Education, Health, Arts and Entertainment, Transportation, and Construction.
Download the full study for more information about West Oahu region.