Washington State: Building Business Legends

10 Great Reasons to Choose Washington

The coffee’s not bad either…

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An Inspirational Lifestyle

Revolutionary ideas flow like water around here…

Invest In Your Future... And Ours

800 multinational firms are in Washington. Are you 801?

Getting Around

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

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.

Party like it’s 1897…

The collar of a Filson brand jacket, showing the company's label.
Truly great fashion never goes out of style. In the case of Filson, the company has been making outdoor gear in Washington for more than a century. Miners and lumberjacks of old loved the durable clothing and modern outdoorsmen and women still appreciate the craftsmanship, attention to detail and lasting quality that are the hallmarks of a Filson jacket.

See how Filson never seems to go out of style…

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…

Search properties and more…

Three plastic darts are stuck in a map, showing a potential city for a business
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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Lowest Cost Energy in U.S.
(Department of Energy)



Most Innovative U.S. State



Best State Economy

In The News…

The tale of two Seattles.

When one talks about entrepreneurship in Washington State, Seattle deserves more than a mention or two. No, not Seattle, the city. Seattle, the chief. Seattle (siʔał in his tribe's language), it turns out, was Washington’s very first entrepreneur. The chief of the...

SpaceX’s BFR has Washington connection.

SpaceX is moving full speed ahead with its massive BFR rocket system, capable of ferrying 100 explorers to the Moon or Mars and back. The company has turned to Janicki Industries for testing of the new carbon-fiber fuel tank used in the spacecraft. A pressure test of...

A real wonder down under.

Designed to dive to 13,000 feet to give researchers greater access to the unexplored depths of the world's oceans, OceanGate is putting the finishing touches to its new submersible, Titan. The five-person sub is the only privately-owned submersible in the world that...

Traditional map making in a digital world.

Google Maps doesn't have anything on John Loacker. His company has been making Washington State maps for more than century now, a craft that has not only stood the test of time, but has also changed with the times. Today, much of the work is done on computers, but...

A high-tech tunnel? Hey, it’s Washington!

Finally, there's light at the end of the tunnel. After years of work and a few setbacks, the new tunnel that cuts under downtown Seattle to connect the southern and northern parts of the city is finally slated to open by the end of the year. Not only is it a marvel of...

10,000 and counting!

It took Boeing's 737 nearly 40 years to hit the magic 5,000 mark in production. It took just another 12 years to build 5,000 more. Boeing employees celebrated this amazing milestone at the Renton factory recently. Turning out 47 Boeing 737s a month, the factory is not...

A concrete idea for recycling carbon fiber.

Carbon fiber can be found in airplanes, cars and wind turbine blades these days. Unfortunately, about 30% of this miracle material is waste product. Figuring out what to do with much waste carbon fiber has been a problem for the industry, as many of the most popular...

We’re more artsy than New York? Really?

When it comes to being artistic and boasting a rich culture of creativity, Washington State is hard to beat. The other Washington with all its museums took top honors in the U.S. Commerce Department's annual report on arts and culture economies, but Washington State...

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