Since its founding, the Thurston EDC has worked to strengthen and diversify the local economy through collaboration, innovation and stewardship. The mission is to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that supports the values of the people who live and work in Thurston County.
Economic Development Means Building Communities
Economic development is about identifying opportunities and applying effort that results in creating a vibrant and vital economy. They do this in four primary ways:
to connect local businesses with experts and resources that help them remain competitive
to create and deliver strategic messages that attract new investment into the community
to work with the community partners to enhance the collective prosperity and encourage the economic future
to participate regionally to ensure that Thurston County has an appropriate role and placement on the regional economic stage
Through the leadership of the Board of Directors and senior management team, they have continued to strengthen and grow the organization over the past 10 years. By taking strategic action to expand critical services for businesses in all stages of development, a strong foundation has been laid to foster economic progress throughout Thurston County. They are positioned to ensure that the region is well represented and prepared for economic growth in the coming years. They are actively working to drive investment and additional resources to this community. Through partnerships, this organization is at the helm of a regional effort to cultivate new market opportunities that are sustainable, dynamic and vibrant.
Recruit, Retain, Expand.
At the foundation of the work the do are three main principles: recruit, retain, and expand.
Recruit: They actively attract investment and employment opportunities into the region through outreach, promotion and trade missions.
Retain: They work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance, and providing advocacy on their behalf.
Expand: They present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations.
As the state-designated lead economic development organization in Thurston County, the resources and programs they develop support the strategic diversification of the economy. They actively recruit investment and employment opportunities into the region through outreach, promotion and trade missions. They work to maintain the health of local businesses by offering technical assistance to businesses, and providing advocacy on their behalf. And they work diligently to present market opportunities to Thurston County employers, providing support for them to expand their operations.