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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

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...

Thurston County EDC’s PTAC Program Helps Local Food Hubs Earn USDA Contract to Feed...

If you’ve ever waded through the process of filling out a government contract form or grant proposal, you know two things: a) they’re long...

Southwest Washington Agricultural Business Park Breaks Ground in Tenino

When it was originally planned, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Agricultural Business and Innovation Park in Tenino was intended to be a high...

Thurston EDC Becomes a Beacon of Hope to Small Businesses During COVID-19

With the arrival of COVID-19 to Thurston County, health and safety became an immediate public concern, but on the heels of rapid changes concerning...
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ScaleUp Now Available in Rural Areas Throughout Washington State for Free Thanks to a...

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council The Department of Commerce has partnered with the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) to make the ScaleUp program available...
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The Farmer’s Basket, a Buyer’s Guide for the South Puget Sound Region, is Now...

Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council Thurston Conservation District is pleased to announce a new buying resource guide for local residents who would like to...
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Thurston County Small Business Help During COVID-19 From Thurston EDC

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is committed to bringing forth the most beneficial resources, partnerships, and skills to help support the region’s businesses...

Thurston EDC’s Economic Impact Studies Offer Compelling Data for Organizations Seeking Funds

Most of us know that South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an economic driver within our region. The school employs hundreds of faculty...
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...
Eva Coblentz_Photo courtesy of the Thurston EDC taken by Heather Harris, Elements Photography

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...