Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council

On July 22, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) held an old fashioned BBQ & Hootenanny! That’s right – delicious food, drinks, hay bales, a Cornhole Tournament, Bluegrass music with the Oly Mountain Boys, and a few surprises.

“This year, we gave out awards to organizations that have shown ‘Economic Courage’ in overcoming the tremendous obstacles the pandemic has thrown their way,” said Michael Cade, Executive Director.

What is Economic Courage? Economic courage could be defined as a leader, a business, nonprofit and/or organization that, while facing economic uncertainty and a radical retraction of “business as usual” took extraordinary steps to provide a service, a product, and or support service that made a positive impact to the community and or employees of their organization. These are individuals that took economic risks to continue to provide a service, product and or resource in the face of unprecedented economic uncertainty. Showing the ability to adapt, change and thrive during a time of uncertainty.

Congratulations to the 2021 Economic Courage Award Winners!

  • Taylor Shellfish Farms
  • Sofie’s Scoops
  • TVW
  • Serendipity Children’s Center
  • Morningside
  • Olympia Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to the 2021 Economic Courage Nominees!

  • 3 Magnets Brewing Co.
  • All Kids Win
  • Aqua Terra Cultural Resource Services
  • BITS Café
  • Browsers Bookshop
  • Daniels-Brown Communications
  • Dirty Dave’s Pizza Parlor
  • Encore Chocolates and Teas
  • Grocery Outlet
  • Harbor Wholesale
  • Pizzeria La Gitana
  • Maestro Strategic Solutions
  • Mint Landscape
  • Monster Aid
  • Sandstone Distillery
  • She Can Clean
  • Sidewalk
  • Stellar Juices
  • SW Washington Food Hub
  • Underhill Plants
  • Uptown Grill
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