City Gets Brewery Update

The effort to redevelop the former Olympia brewery property has made progress, but challenges remain, the brewery redevelopment project manager told the Tumwater City Council during a recent update.

Asian Food Markets Snatch Up Produce From Rochester’s HJ Farms

Jin and Lee have been farming in Thurston County since 2004 when they started farming two pieces of land on their own in Puyallup and Nisqually. Prior to that, they helped Jin’s parents on their farm.

Manufacturing, Medical and Military…Our Areas Economic Drivers

Industry development videos, created for the 2012 Real Estate Forum, focus on three industries: manufacturing, medical and the military.

Alaffia: Growing Jobs Here and in West Africa

Alaffia” is a greeting in central Togo that means “Peace and Good Health.” The Thurston County company was founded in 2003 by Olowo-n’djo Tchala and Rose Hyde as a means of alleviating poverty and advancing gender equality in Tchala’s native country of Togo, West Africa. The company formulates and creates skin and hair care products.

Access the USA Praised for Attracting Foreign Investment

Over $212 million in foreign investment has been infused in Washington’s economy since 2009 due to the efforts of Access the USA.

Outreach Up; Energy Consumption Dropping

HomePLUS evaluations include information on the most cost-effective energy-saving improvements, as well as do-it-yourself tips for immediate energy use reduction. There’s also assistance with hiring contractors and understanding tax credits, utility rebates and local financing options.

EDC Receives Grant for Five County Energy Efficiency Program

Based on the Thurston Energy program’s success, the EDC received a grant to create and lead a similar five-county effort. At the heart of the award is promoting and incentivizing job creation through energy efficiency improvements.

JBLM Fueling Local Economic Activity

JBLM’s growth has provided our region with tremendous economic stimulus, much of it not yet fully realized. To help guide this effort the JBLM Growth Coordination Plan was developed in 2010 by more than 100 stakeholders