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Washington State: Building Business Legends

The birthplace of such legendary businesses 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.

Climb every mountain…

Employees pose in front of one of REI's original stores.

Few business success stories involve an ice ax. But it was Lloyd Anderson’s international quest for an affordable ice ax that led him to start his own outfitting company, Recreational Equipment, Inc., or REI as it’s known today. Success was hardly instantaneous though. It took nine years for the company to hire its first employee. Then the Whittakers arrived. Yes, those Whittakers. The rest, they say, is history.

Read more about how REI got its start…

New space video launched…

Opening screen of video showing astronaut and the title, "Washington State: A Bold Vision for Commercial Space

Washington is famed for its aerospace industry, but did you know that we’ve been an integral part of the space program for more than 60 years? We’ve worked on some of the biggest missions in U.S. history – from landing on the moon to exploring Pluto – and now we’ve set our sights on commercial space and its endless opportunities for visionary Washington companies.

Watch the video…

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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!



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In The News…

To the moon!

What do Seattle, Israel and the moon have in common? If all goes according to plan, Spaceflight’s first rideshare mission will escape the bonds of low-earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 and head for the moon. It will be the first non-governmental moon landing,...

Bezos announces new foundation.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have announced a new foundation that will funnel $2 billion into nonprofits working with homeless families as well as create a network of preschools in low-income communities. The founder of Seattle-based Amazon, Jeff and his wife created the...

Do we have to say it again?

O.K., we hate to keep bragging, but yet another highly respected research firm has placed Washington State at the top of the heap when it comes to the U.S. aerospace industry. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) scored Washington highly for its overall industry,...

Safe from the big blow.

In advance of Hurricane Florence, Volvo and Boeing both shut down their factories in South Carolina. While it's tough to get hundreds of new Volvos out of the way of an advancing storm that is hundreds of miles wide, Boeing could take heart in the fact that...

Recycled boats: Trash to treasure.

It’s been long said that a boat is nothing more than a hole in the water you put money into. But who puts the money into it after years of neglect or worse, it becomes a hazard to navigation? Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is not only looking for...

Seattle tech workers take on school mentoring.

Booming economies often create adversarial relationships between businesses that fuel growth and the communities that must absorb it. Seattle's tech industry is taking a slightly different approach. Through sea.citi, some of the region's biggest companies - Amazon,...

When the future came to town.

The dustbin of history is littered with famously bad predictions about what the future holds. And yet, in 1962 Washington State invited the world to Seattle to get a glimpse of the future. The occasion, a world’s fair, the first to be held in the United States for...

Google goes for the block.

With construction of a four-building development right across the street well under way, Google has announced it will also take the block across the street on Mercer, the current site of Guitar Center and Uptown Espresso. The new 12-story, 322,000 square foot office...

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