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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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Thurston EDC ThINk investor matchmaking

Thurston Economic Development Council Receives USDA Food Hub Grant

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), the Washington State University (WSU) Thurston...

Local Company Trxstle is a Thurston Investment Network Success Story

During Super Bowl LII, guests at Morgan Misek’s home thought they’d been invited to watch the game. But Misek and his business partner John...
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Economic Development Councils’ Regional Innovation Expo in December to Celebrate Emerging Economic Sectors including...

Submitted by Thurston EDC The economic development organizations of five counties will highlight Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council’s newly updated industry cluster study—including new emerging...
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Department of Commerce Redesignates Thurston Craft Brewing, Distilling and Cider Innovation Partnership Zone

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council In October 2015, the Washington State Department of Commerce granted Thurston County Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ) status for...
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Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation Welcomes Eva Coblentz as Program Manager for...

Submitted by Thurston EDC The Thurston EDC is pleased to announce that Eva Coblentz has assumed the position of Program Manager for the Washington Center...

The Association of Washington Business Kicks Off Manufacturing Week in the South Sound

The Association of Washington Business (AWB) is on the move from October 2-10 for the third annual Manufacturing Week. During Manufacturing Week, members of...
Inside the Lacey MakerSpace

Thurston EDC Announces Lacey MakerSpace Grand Opening on October 16, 2019 – All are...

Submitted by Thurston EDC The Thurston Economic Development Council (Thurston EDC), together with the City of Lacey and Saint Martin’s University, is pleased to announce...
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Thurston County Keeps Bubbling with New Developments: Brewery, Distillery, and Restaurant are Underway in...

Bunchgrass waves in the breeze. Purple camas dots the flattened landscape, accentuated by stands of oak and Douglas fir. This bucolic area, nestled in...
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Thurston EDC Welcomes Tawn Holstra Auston

Submitted by Thurston EDC The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce that Tawn Holstra Auston has assumed the position of Washington Center...
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Thurston EDC Encourages Your Eligible Business to Apply for STEDI ScaleUp Scholarship Program

Submitted by Thurston EDC The Thurston EDC is pleased to announce a ScaleUp Training Series Scholarship available to eligible businesses in South Thurston County. The...
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Chris Mefford, President & CEO of Community Attributes Inc., to Keynote the Thurston EDC...

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The 11th Annual Thurston Economic Development Council Real Estate Forum will highlight Thurston County commercial, retail and industrial properties...

Learn from Industry Experts the ‘State of Real Estate’ at the 11th Annual Real...

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The 11th Annual Thurston Economic Development Council Real Estate Forum will showcase Thurston County commercial, retail and industrial properties...
Inside the Lacey MakerSpace

Thurston EDC Announces Lacey MakerSpace Open House

Submitted by Thurston EDC The Thurston Economic Development Council, in conjunction with the City of Lacey and Saint Martin’s University, is pleased to announce an...
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Thurston EDC Honored Five Businesses at Annual Gala on May 30

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