STEDI/Agriculture in Thurston County

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

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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