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The Business & Innovation Celebration is an opportunity for local businesses to learn, network, and market themselves. Photo courtesy: Thurston Economic Development Council.

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) can attract new industries and businesses, retain existing employers and expand interest in doing business in Thurston County.  Along with ensuring the economy remains vital, the EDC also prepares economic data and demographic information to educate people on the unique aspects of Thurston County.

In addition, the EDC provides a variety of business services to help entrepreneurs through all stages of business development.

A variety of community programs, such as energy rebates, are also managed by the EDC.

Thurston Economic Development Council
4220 – 6th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503
360-754-6320

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The Thurston Economic Development Council Invites Industry Professionals to the 13th Annual Real Estate...

Our local economy has been growing, and part of that growth includes development in industrial and commercial real estate. The Thurston Economic Development Council...
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Thurston EDC Helps Shiplap Shop of Yelm Open New Location

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The Yelm Shiplap Shop & Coffee House owners announced they will be opening The Shiplap Quilt Shop and Coffee...
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Thurston Economic Development Council Board Member Jessica Jensen Understands the Business Side of Life

We’ve long talked about the separation of work and home, business and pleasure. But for business owners, especially when just starting out, there often...
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Thurston Economic Development Council Board Member Michael McGualy has Experience to Share

For nearly 40 years the Thurston EDC has had a simple mission. They aim “to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the...
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Thurston Economic Development Council Board Member Brian Fluetsch: Business, Family and Community in One

Relationships are interrelated, inter-connected, diverse and built on shared experiences. Success comes when these relationships benefit everyone and when knowledge is passed from generation...
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The Lacey MakerSpace Pushes Forward Through the Continued Support of the Thurston Economic Development...

Thurston County has a wonderful community of makers and artists that bring a unique perspective to life and connection. The Thurston Economic Development Council...

Olympia City Council Member Yến Huỳnh Explores Community Connection Through New Position on the...

Olympia is full of people that are committed to making our city a wonderful place to work and live. Recently appointed Olympia City Council...

Carrie Whisler Reflects on Community Support as President of the Thurston Economic Development Council...

Our small businesses are the backbone of the community. They rely on resources to stay afloat, and Thurston County is lucky to have the...
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The Thurston Economic Development Council Celebrates Economic Courage Awards and Summer Hootenanny

This last year has come with its fair share of hardship, forcing small businesses and organizations in our community to overcome many new and...
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Thurston Economic Development Council Board Member Perry Shea of SCJ Alliance Talks About Impacts...

To incite change, it takes a committed group of people dedicated to a common goal. The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is constantly seeking...
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Attorney Heather Burgess Shares Her Experience as Thurston Economic Development Council Board Member

Our community is filled with exceptional organizations seeking to make a difference. The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) strives to improve our local economy...
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The Thurston Economic Development Council Proudly Supports Regional Agricultural Development Through Innovative Projects, Programs...

We can grow and concoct some delicious food here in the Pacific Northwest! Farmers have come to find that this region is perfect for...
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Thurston Economic Development Council Continues to Support Growth of Natural Product Businesses Throughout the...

In recent years, people have become attracted to more sustainable products that are free of unnecessary chemicals and harmful fillers. Turns out, our community...
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The Thurston Economic Development Council Continues to Positively Impact Thurston’s Businesses During COVID-19

This last year was filled with obstacles for many businesses, some of which had to close their doors for good due to COVID-19. It...

Businesses Owners Invited to Attend Popular ScaleUp Business Training at No Cost thanks to...

Submitted by Thurston EDC The popular ScaleUp Training Series is now available to businesses located throughout Washington state at no cost, thanks to a grant...

Thurston EDC Welcomes New Board Members and Announces New Board President

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors and installs new officers. The...

The Thurston EDC Shares Top Five Ways to Boost Small Business Resiliency

Thurston County is home to dozens of one-of-a-kind businesses run by creatives, innovators, makers and thinkers. After an unprecedented year of COVID-related disruption, many...

Alliance Northwest, the Largest Business-To-Government Conference in the Pacific NW, Is Scheduled for March...

Submitted by Thurston EDC Alliance Northwest is the largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest. This event features high-quality workshops and matchmaking sessions between small...

The Thurston EDC’s ScaleUp Programs Scale Up to Serve the State

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is known for providing Thurston County business owners with access to resources that help them grow their businesses....

Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation Announces Robin Houde as New Program Manager...

Submitted by Thurston EDC The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce that Robin Houde has assumed the position of Program Manager for...

Sierra Pacific Industries Receives Nancie Payne Award

Submitted by Thurston EDC Nancie Payne was a longstanding Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (PacMtn) board member, business owner and advocate for workers of all...

Products from ThINk-Funded Start Up Trxstle Hit Nation-Wide Retail Chain

It’s been nearly three years since the Thurston Investment Network (ThINk) funded its first startup in early 2018, and the program is going strong....

ThINk Network Funds New Independent Medical Clinic in Mossyrock

The Thurston Investment Network (ThINk) is proud to support Mossyrock’s new medical clinic, River Valley Community Health, with funding from its network of local...

The Thurston EDC’s 13th Annual Economic Vitality Index is a Call to Action

It probably won’t surprise any reader to learn that the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC)’s Economic Vitality Index (EVI) presents data-driven downward trends and...

SW Washington Food Hub Providing Multi-Farm Produce Boxes to Region

Submitted by Thurston EDC The SW Washington Food Hub is making locally-grown vegetables available to the community through its multi-farm produce box program. To date, nine...

2020 Thurston Real Estate Forum to Focus on Opportunities and Connections

In the uncharted territory of 2020, organizations are exploring new ways to host events that typically draw a large audience. The 12th annual Thurston...

Washington PTAC to Participate in National PTAC Day September 16, 2020

Submitted by  Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will participate in National PTAC Day on September 16, 2020, to celebrate their...

Why Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business & Innovation Programs are Still the...

It seems like a no-brainer. For small businesses and startups, what could be more helpful than advice from experts, workshops focused on everything from...

INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference Goes Virtual in 2020

In 2019, over 200 women attended the annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference hosted by the Washington Center for Women in Business. This year, such...

Weather the Storm with Financial Mastery Training Program at Thurston EDC

Submitted by Thurston EDC Beginning June 26, the Thurston Economic Development Council’s (EDC) Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) will offer "Financial Mastery" as part...