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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

Economic Development Council

Thurston EDC Off Planet Research Company Photo

One Small Step for Thurston County Investors is One Large Leap for Off Planet...

History has proven that getting to the moon is no easy feat. Once there, it’s imperative that equipment remains viable against the rigors of...
Saint Martins University Lacey MakerSpace EDC partners

Thurston Economic Development Council Awarded $15,000 Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) is pleased to announce that the Wells Fargo Foundation has...
INSPIRE Women's Business Conference

Get Inspired at the INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference May 10

It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we’re inspired. Sometimes all it takes is brainstorming with others or tips from an accomplished instructor and...
Thurston EDC ThINk investor matchmaking

Thurston EDC Names Business Award Finalists

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Since 1985, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) has honored local businesses and celebrated the role they play in...
Saint Martins University Lacey MakerSpace EDC partners

Thurston EDC to Host Local Procurement Forum

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council On June 12, 2019, the Thurston EDC will host an event for Thurston County area businesses who are interested...
Saint Martins University Lacey MakerSpace EDC partners

Thurston EDC will honor Top Businesses at 2019 Business Awards Gala and Investor Dinner...

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Since 1985, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) has honored local businesses and celebrated the role they play in...

Alaffia’s Prairie Rose Hyde to Keynote INSPIRE—Women’s Business Conference

Submitted by Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation The Washington Center for Women in Business created the third annual INSPIRE Women’s Business Conference for...
Thurston EDC WCWB-classes and coaching

Washington State Employment Programs Approve Business Start-Up Training

Submitted by Washington Center for Women in Business The Washington Center for Women in Business (WCWB) has been a long-standing approved provider from Employment Security...

Thurston EDC Now Accepting Nominations for Annual Business Recognition Awards

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Since 1985, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) has honored local businesses and celebrated the role they play in...
Saint Martins University Lacey MakerSpace EDC partners

Thurston EDC Center for Business and Innovation offers a Training Program for Business Owners

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Beginning April 11, the Thurston Economic Development Council’s Center for Business & Innovation will offer Build Your Market as...
Thurston EDC ScaleUp local business education

ScaleUp: Take Your Business to the Next Level with the Thurston Economic Development Council

You started a business, congratulations! Doors are open, your customers are happy, and the daily grind is a little less scary…now what? Catch your...
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Thurston EDC Helps Local Food Stay Local with New Agricultural Business and Innovation Park...

Many Thurston County residents take both great pride and delight in eating local. Whether through purchasing directly at a farmers market or through a...
Photo courtesy: Thurston Economic Development Council

Marketing Your Goods and Services Through Government Contracts

For many local businesses, breaking into the world of government procurement contracts can seem daunting. But with a little help from the Thurston Economic...
Thurston EDC ThINk local investing

ThINk about Investing Locally with the Thurston Investment Network

We all know the benefits of shopping local and supporting small businesses in our community. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that small businesses...
Thurston EDC WCWB-classes and coaching

Support for Women Business Owners in Rural Thurston County

The National Association of Women Business Owners reports that “more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and...
EDC Economic Gardening

Thurston EDC Encourages Growth with Economic Gardening

The year was 1987 in Littleton, Colorado. Missile manufacturer Martin Marietta (which would later become Lockheed Martin) cut 7,500 jobs creating 1 million square...
EDC Delegation in Beijing

Opportunities of Excellence Pay Off in Recent EDC Trip to China

After 10 years of traveling to China for trade delegations, the Economic Development Council’s efforts are finally paying off in solidifying expanded opportunities for...
Business TuneUP Thurston EDC networking

A Well Oiled Machine: TuneUp Your Business with the Center for Business & Innovation

On Thursdays, May 31 – June 21, the Thurston Economic Development Council Center for Business & Innovation (EDC/CB&I) will present “Business TuneUp.” The four...
south sound food

Sound Food: Building a Local Food Economy

Supporting a healthy, local food economy in Thurston County means going beyond buying organic and sustainably grown food (though both are good places to...
south sound food

Why Does Everyone Deserve to Eat Well? A Q&A with the South Sound Food...

The South Sound Food System Network (SSFSN) – a regional collaboration of more than 40 food-related businesses, organizations and agencies - is working to...

South Sound Food System Network – Creating Synergy and Sustainability

Thurston County has a long history when it comes to food and farming. The first peoples of the Squaxin, Nisqually and Chehalis tribes have...
Thurston EDC

Scale Up/Tune Up Programs Give Entrepreneurs a Roadmap for Success

If you’re a business owner in Thurston County, Josh McCarty has some advice for you: enroll in the next Scale Up or Tune Up...
Economic Forecast and Innovation Expo

Regional Economic Forecast and Innovation Expo Highlights our Region’s Business Trends

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs On December 8, decision makers, community leaders, business owners and creative thinkers will all gather...

Thurston Energy Offers You Cold Ca$h for POW&R Energy Rebates

In Thurston County the cold, wet season is upon us and that means higher energy costs for residents as heating bills rise. This year,...
edc video contest

Thurston Economic Development Council Launches Three-Minute Video Contest for Local Businesses

Thurston County businesses, how does this sound: a free opportunity to gain publicity, get in front of other local businesses, showcase innovation in your...

Thurston EDC Congratulates the 2015 Business Recognition Award Winners

 Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Thurston Economic Development Council is pleased to announce the 2015 Business Recognition Award Winners. Non-Profit Organization of the Year:  South...