About Thurston EDC

Supporting a Strong Economy in Thurston County since 1982

For more than thirty years, the Thurston EDC has worked to strengthen the local economy. Since our founding in 1982, the leadership of this organization has remained true to our foundational mission – that a healthy, diversified local economy functions as the base to support community prosperity.

As the state-designated lead economic development organization in Thurston County, the EDC continues to develop resources that support this diversification. We actively recruit investment and employment opportunities into our region, work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering a complete slate of technical business resources, and present market opportunities to existing Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations.

 

WHAT WE DO

Economic Development Means Building Community

Economic development is about identifying opportunities and applying efforts that result in creating a vibrant and sustainable economy. At the EDC, we accomplish this by connecting local businesses with experts and resources to help them stay competitive. We are dedicated to improving and diversifying the local economy so that Thurston County is a vibrant place to live and work, now and in the future.

 

OUR MISSION

The Conduit For Community Development in Our Region

Our mission is to create a dynamic economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County. In support of this mission, we are steadfast in our commitment to working with local municipalities, higher education, privately-held businesses and non-profit organizations to encourage our region’s economic future. We are privileged to partner with these organizations to broaden the conversation about community development in our region.
As Thurston County’s state-designated lead economic development organization, it is our role to examine the viability of all economic opportunities that come our way, and to determine how those opportunities relate to our mission. We take this role seriously, because we know that jobs and investment produce community wealth and individual prosperity, ensuring our region’s ability to be strong and resilient.
At the foundation of the work we do are three main principles: recruit, retain, and expand. We actively recruit investment and employment opportunities into our region through outreach, promotion and trade missions. We work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance to businesses, and providing advocacy on their behalf. And we work diligently to present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations.

Recruit, Retain, Expand

At the foundation of the work we do are three main principles: recruit, retain, and expand.

Funding & Allocation

Information about EDC’s funding sources, and how we allocate that funding to do community development work.

Staff

Learn more about members of our staff, and how they work to serve the business community in Thurston County.

Investor Information

The EDC does its best work through strategic and creative partnerships. These alliances help us to successfully attract new industries and businesses to Thurston County.

EDC Success Stories

Thurston EDC partners with local businesses to create a vibrant economy in our region. Read about some of the great projects we’ve worked on recently.