Close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a booming housing market, new apartment construction and a rush of new businesses in Yelm has made it one of the fastest growing communities in Thurston County.
Not since before the Great Recession has Yelm experienced such a strong economic rise.
The Thurston County Economic Development Council and South Puget Sound Community College will partner to open a new entrepreneurial center on Sixth Avenue in Lacey. EDC executive director Michael Cade envisions that the entrepreneurial center will serve budding entrepreneurs and help to support key industries in the region, using the resources of the EDC and the college.
As part of its expansion, SPSCC will be moving the functions of its entire Hawks Prairie Center to the Rowe Six campus, located on Sixth Avenue SE in downtown Lacey. The site consists of five existing office building totaling 100,000-square-feet in Lacey’s Woodland District. In addition, the Thurston EDC will also move its entire operations to the campus, allowing both organizations to capitalize on the strengths of the other to ensure that the highest quality business resources are provided to Thurston County.