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South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI)


STEDI is a consortium focused on long-range economic and community development in the rural areas of the Thurston Region with the intent to engage the collective strengths and resources of the communities of Yelm, Rainier, Tenino, Bucoda & Rochester/Grand Mound– along with the organizing strategic community partners of the Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston Economic Development Council, WSU Thurston County Extension Office, Visitor & Convention Bureau, Thurston Conservation District and Port of Olympia – to identify and implement strategic efforts that will meet south county’s economic and community development goals.

With the combined minds and passion of this group, a very effective work program for retaining and creating appropriate investment activities in our local communities is being created and implemented.

Thurston Economic Development Council

4220 6th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503


Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Click flyer link for more information: FSMA Info Session Thurston

Info Session and Compliance Resources

– No cost event – Thursday, June 15, 2017

6:00 7:30 PM

Swede Hall

18543 Albany St. SW

Rochester, WA 98579

What is FSMA?

Adopted in 2015, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is comprised of a set of regulations intended to protect public health

by strengthening the food safety system. Requirements include preventative controls, mandatory inspections and development of a

response plan to contain outbreaks.

What does it mean to me?

All food growers, producers and processors regardless of size must comply with a set of rules established under FSMA, including:

Preventative Controls for Human Food: Requires written plans that identify hazards, specify the steps that will be put in place to minimize or prevent those hazards, identify monitoring procedures and record monitoring results and specify what actions will be taken to correct problems that arise (similar controls are required for animal food).

  • PCQI Requirement: There must be a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) trained by certified trainers.
  • Produce Safety Regulation: Establishes on-farm standards of conduct for the safe growing, harvesting, packing and holding of fresh produce.
  • Employee Food Safety Training: Establishes requirement that all employees receive annual food safety training.

Meeting Notice:

Please join us for Governor Inslee’s Summit on Career Connected Learning!  You’ll be part of a group of industry, policy, and education leaders working together to share best practices to increase and strengthen career-related opportunities for Washington’s youth in high demand jobs.

Governor’s Workforce Summit – May 31 – Tenino Click link for more information.

Wednesday, May 31, 10am – 1:30pm

South Thurston Fire & EMS Station, 187 Hodgden Rd S., Tenino WA 98589.

Register here: Tenino

Visit for more details

The Governor’s Summit will be simultaneously hosted onsite in Redmond, on the Microsoft campus, and at 27 regional sites around the state.

The regional sites will connect via webinar technology with the central Summit during the general session to learn about statewide career connected learning activities and plans. We’ll then convene locally to discuss the information shared by the panelists and address local opportunities, challenges, and solutions to provide youth with career connected learning experiences. Information gathered at these sites will be collected and shared with the Governor’s office and others working on next steps regarding career connected learning in our state.

Discussions will focus on helping more Washington youth gain access to a wide range of career-connected learning opportunities, including:

  • Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Job shadows
  • Mentorships
  • Job fairs
  • Classroom visits from area employers



The South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI) is a recently-formed group that is committed to ensure that business owners in south Thurston County have access to resources. A number of organizations are involved, including:

  • Thurston Regional Planning Council
  • Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • City of Yelm
  • City of Rainier
  • City of Tenino
  • City of Bucoda
  • Washington State University TeleWork program
  • Yelm Chamber of Commerce
  • Tenino Chamber of Commerce
  • Rochester/Grand Mound Chamber of Commerce
  • Thurston EDC

The Thurston EDC works to connect local businesses with experts and resources to help them stay competitive through its Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) – providing counseling, mentoring, and technical assistance to new and existing business owners.

The CB&I hosts Mobile CB&I presentations in South Thurston County once a month. Please contact us for info about upcoming events or visit the Events tab on our website to learn more.

South Thurston County Calendars with upcoming events can be found at the following links:







Thurston Economic Development Council

4220 6th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503