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… make it 801!

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The birthplace of such business legends as Amazon, Boeing, Costco, Expedia, Microsoft, Nordstrom, PACCAR, Starbucks and REI, Washington State offers 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.

Keep Clam!

Founded by showman and folk singer Ivar Haglund, this group of legendary seafood restaurants is not only noted for their delicious clam chowder and fish ‘n’ chips but also their often outlandish promotions. Ivar’s has captured the very essence of Washington’s unique pioneer spirit and quirky traditions for nearly 80 years.

Check out Ivar’s amazing fish tale…

Yeah, we created that!


Every state wants to lay claim to inventing one thing or another. But the truth is, Washington State has invented some pretty amazing stuff over the years, including down parkas, the kidney dialysis machine, pickleball, Instant Breakfast, bone marrow transplantation, the Slinky Dog and a whole lot more.

Check out our fascinating timeline of Washington innovations and inventions…

Grow your  business


To help Washington small businesses grow statewide, the Department of Commerce has created the Economic Gardening program, which provides qualifying “second-stage” companies with consulting, data and intelligence that can help them reach the next level of growth and expansion.

Check it out now!


for Technology and Innovation
(CNBC’s 2016 Top States)


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


Most Innovative U.S. State


Best State Economy

In The News…

Columbia Gorge on UAS company radars.

Communities along the Columbia Gorge in southwest Washington are abuzz these days in more ways than one. It seems that the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry has found itself a home in Washington State, one with plenty of talent and a growing economy. Led by...
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Hospital innovation center spins off tech company.

Since the pioneering days of the Northwest and 30 years before Washington statehood, the founders of today's Providence Health & Services were building the first community hospital and serving the unmet health care needs of the early settlers along the Columbia...
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Guiding people and freight through traffic across the U.S.

The efficient movement of people and goods is critical to keeping our economy moving forward.  Washington State's Kirkland-based Inrix uses information pulled from data sources such as over 300 million connected cars and devices, GPS and algorithmically-generated flow...
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Site Selectors Guild chooses Washington.

The Site Selectors Guild has selected Seattle to be the host of its 2017 Fall Forum. The Sept. 25-27 conference will draw economic developments and site selection consultants from around the world to Washington State for the first time. “Seattle is an exciting...
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Seattle recognized in top 5 of most innovative centers.

A publication focused on trend-setting corporate activity ranks cities that demonstrate robust innovation. Innovation Leader evaluated the amount of top-tier research organizations and investment in innovation, the presence of eco-systems, startup density, and...
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Life science innovation and collaboration.

Collaboration and a pioneering spirit are hallmarks of Washington State’s life science sector and tech communities. We experience the innovations of Washington’s tech entrepreneurs with improvements in the way we live, shop and work. And, our pioneering life science...
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Google breaks ground on new digs.

Google has just made a major investment in its future in Seattle. The company broke ground on its new South Lake Union campus this week, with its sweeping views of the lake. The former parking lots (pictured) are prime real estate in the city, just across from...
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West Coast tech centers grow closer.

Washington State has a problem most regions would envy: A burgeoning technology center that rivals Silicon Valley and which has gained its own share of fame and fortune in the Internet of Things. The two tech centers have a lot in common and are growing closer every...
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