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, 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…

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…

Allen Institute expands AI incubator program.

If you have an artificial intelligence startup that is ready for the next stage, Paul Allen's Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) wants to hear from you. The firm is looking to partner with outside startups for the first time, offering up to $250,000 in...
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A smart grid for the future.

Building the next generation of solar energy in Washington State may seem like a bit of a contradiction at first - given the state's reputation for rain - but that's exactly what is happening at the Horn Rapids Solar, Storage and Training Project in Eastern...
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An incubator for startup manufacturers.

Washington has a host of incubators that give young tech companies office space and mentoring to get their great idea off the ground. Now there's a new incubator for startup manufacturing entrepreneurs. Industry Space Seattle provides industrial work spaces where...
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Merging agriculture and manufacturing creates new products.

Eastern Washington harvests millions of tons of wheat to feed the world. In the process, it leaves behind 4 million tons of unused wheat straw. Renton-based Sustainable Fiber Technologies has developed a process for turning that waste wheat straw into pulp for a...
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Cherry growers see record-breaking harvest, again.

Washington State may be best known for apples, but this season's cherry harvest is on track to top previous production records. Cherry harvest runs in two cycles. Early harvest of the classic Rainier and Bing cherries are picked and shipped in time for July 4th...
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$62 million? That’s a big 10-4 for Convoy.

With an eye on upending the way goods are moved across the U.S., Seattle startup Convoy has netted a nice nest egg to bring its vision to life. Like an Uber or Lyft for people, Convoy connects truckers with loads, bypassing the traditional system of brokers and manual...
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Fibro reinvents the egg carton.

The humble beginnings of a business are often lost over time. But in the case of Fibro Corp., it was a trip to the supermarket a decade ago that not only launched a new company, but changed the way the seemingly simple egg carton is made. It all began when Paul Zhang...
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Washington aerospace lands new business at Paris Air Show.

With over a century of know-how, Washington State aerospace companies play a leading role in the design and manufacture of commercial aircraft worldwide. Over 1,400 aerospace companies and more than 136,000 highly skilled workers in Washington design and build...
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