For more than thirty years, the Thurston EDC has worked to strengthen the local economy. Since our founding in 1982, the leadership of this organization has remained true to our foundational mission – that a healthy, diversified local economy functions as the base to support community prosperity.
As the state-designated lead economic development organization in Thurston County, the EDC continues to develop resources that support this diversification. We actively recruit investment and employment opportunities into our region, work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering a complete slate of technical business resources, and present market opportunities to existing Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations.
Economic development is about identifying opportunities and applying efforts that result in creating a vibrant and sustainable economy. At the EDC, we accomplish this by connecting local businesses with experts and resources to help them stay competitive. We are dedicated to improving and diversifying the local economy so that Thurston County is a vibrant place to live and work, now and in the future.
Our mission is to create a dynamic economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County. In support of this mission, we are steadfast in our commitment to working with local municipalities, higher education, privately-held businesses and non-profit organizations to encourage our region’s economic future. We are privileged to partner with these organizations to broaden the conversation about community development in our region.
As Thurston County’s state-designated lead economic development organization, it is our role to examine the viability of all economic opportunities that come our way, and to determine how those opportunities relate to our mission. We take this role seriously, because we know that jobs and investment produce community wealth and individual prosperity, ensuring our region’s ability to be strong and resilient.
At the foundation of the work we do are three main principles: RECRUIT, RETAIN, EXPAND. We actively recruit investment and employment opportunities into our region through outreach, promotion and trade missions. We work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance to businesses, and providing advocacy on their behalf. And we work diligently to present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations.
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