Washington State: Building Business Legends

An Inspirational Lifestyle

Revolutionary ideas flow like water around here…

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Getting Around

Washington State is easy to get to and easy to get around…

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10 Great Reasons to Choose Washington

The coffee’s not bad either…

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Invest In Your Future... And Ours

800 multinational firms are in Washington. Are you 801?

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The birthplace of such business legends as Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Expedia, Microsoft, Nordstrom, PACCAR, REI and Starbucks, Washington State offers businesses, site selectors and investors a critical mass of highly skilled workers in aerospace, agriculture, clean technology, information & communication technology (ICT), forest products, life science/global health and maritime. Our culture of creativity and collaboration brought the world the age of jet travel, spawned an international coffee culture with a language all its own, built digital empires out of slivers of silicon and strings of binary code, and in the process, fundamentally changed the way people around the world shop, travel, eat, drink, relax, dress and think.

This business keeps on truckin’…

A Kenworth truck, part of Paccar's transportation network, heads down the highway.
Sure, Washington leads the way in airplane production, but did you know it’s also a major player in ground transportation? Paccar, Inc. dominates the medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturing market with its world-famous brands. Can autonomous Kenworth and Peterbilt 18-wheelers be in its future? That’s a big 10-4 good buddy!

See how Paccar rolls…


A handbook for local investment

The cover of the Washington Dollars, Washington Sense book

Washington’s Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness has released a new book, filled with great ideas for investors, rural and underserved communities and entrepreneurs to build wealth in their own communities through local investment.

Check out Washington Dollars, Washington Sense – it’s free!

Search properties and more…

Commerce has added a new suite of site selector planning and data tools to the ChooseWashington.com website. Search properties and build sites, run community comparisons, view and analyze data and access interactive maps based on your custom parameters.

Check it out now!


CNBC’s Top States for
Business in 2017


Lowest Cost Energy in U.S.
(Department of Energy)


Most Innovative U.S. State


Best State Economy

In The News…

You really can go home again.

Airborne Environment Control Systems is coming home, so to speak. The startup, which has already captured $200 million in business, signed a five-year lease with the Port of Port Angeles with aggressive plans to expand and grow in the company's new hometown. It's not...
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Washington leads blueberry production.

Washington State is having another bumper crop of blueberries. Ranking No. 1 in the country for overall blueberry production, this year's harvest is projected to top 132 million pounds. In 2016 total harvest was about 120 million pounds, six times what it was just a...
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Make it an even 100.

Amazing what just three years will do for an economy. Since Geekwire started tracking out-of-town tech companies that set up technology engineering offices in Washington State, the list has doubled in size. Yesterday's announcement that Baidu was opening a new...
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Amazon widens footprint in Seattle.

With all the headlines about creating a second headquarters in another city, Amazon is nevertheless leasing more office space and still growing in downtown Seattle. They have signed one of the biggest office space leases in Seattle history in the new Rainier Square...
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Nano-scale chemistry may be the future of power generation.

One of Washington State's top-tier research institutions, the University of Washington, has received a grant to study new materials that can generate power. Dr. Daniel Gamelin's team spend time researching and analyzing the unique behaviors of chemicals at their...
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State lands grant to create maritime cluster for the future.

The Washington State Department of Commerce was awarded a $500,000 grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program to support Washington Maritime Blue 2050, a statewide vision for creating and expanding...
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State snags $900,000 STEP grant.

Washington did it again! For the sixth straight year, the state received a U.S. Small Business Administration's State Trade Expansion Program) grant. The $900,000 is the highest amount awarded from a total $18 million handed out nationwide. Commerce will use the funds...
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Either way that’s a lot of bread.

The community of Rosalia in Whitman County may be small - population about 565 - but it's a major player in the international grain markets. According to the Washington State University Extension Office, Whatcom County is the highest wheat-producing county in the...
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