Thurston Economic Development Council

The Thurston Economic Development Council is designated by the Washington State Department of Commerce as the Associate Development Organization (ADO), or designated economic development agency in Thurston County.


The mission of the Thurston EDC is to create a dynamic and sustainable economy that serves and supports the values and people who live and work in Thurston County.  We support strong and engaged community development in all parts of Thurston County.  We work to retain and support the businesses and entrepreneurs of our region, work to expand opportunities within the start-up phase all the way through growth phases of businesses, and to recruit new investment into the region.  The EDC is home to, and provides the backbone support to several other name-plate efforts -- and within the EDC you will find our Center for Business & Innovation, Washington Center for Women In Business, and the Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (for government contracting), and the Lacey MakerSpace. The professional team of the Thurston ED works to ensure that all clients, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, community leaders, and business leaders have access to the resources of a multi-faceted economic development organization.

Services offered by this organization are listed below. This provider specializes in the areas listed in bold.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Broadband (Specialty)
  • Clean Materials
  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Economic Forecast (Specialty)
  • Housing
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling an Existing Business
  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Demographic and Census Data (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Identification of Foreign Markets/Export (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Angel Investors
  • Matching Funds Providers
  • Non-Traditional Financing
  • Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Import and Export Assistance

  • Buy/Sell from Countries Outside State (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)
  • Industry Data (Specialty)

Management Issues

  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research (Specialty)
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Small Scale Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis (Specialty)
  • Demographics/Census Data (Specialty)
  • Feasibility Studies (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Networking and Associations

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Geographically Based (Specialty)
  • International Trade (Specialty)


  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • City Business Issues (Specialty)
  • County Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Small Business Policy (Specialty)
  • Women's Business Issues (Specialty)
  • State Business Issues (Specialty)
  • Hispanic/Latino/Latinx Business

Regulatory Compliance

  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Events and Community Building

  • Connect with Other Businesses Like Yours (Specialty)
  • Conferences, Fairs and Festivals (Specialty)
Contact Information
Maria Hemmen
4220 6th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503