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.

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…

Drones to the rescue.

With hurricanes and wildfires devastating huge swaths of the country, a small operation in the small town of Bingen along the Columbia Gorge is sending their drones to help with hurricane rescue and firefighting teams. The high resolution surveillance cameras flying...
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Listening to fish.

Monitoring fish migration and managing the impact of dams on rivers has been an ongoing challenge to maintain sustainable fish populations. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington has developed the ability to record three-dimensional data...
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Phone app brings head injury assessment to the field.

Healthcare researchers and technology specialists from the University of Washington have long been on the cutting edge of developing faster and more efficient means to assess health issues. Several apps for the smartphone developed by the UW scientists have made it...
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A match made in…uh, Seattle.

Washington's culture of creativity and cross-pollination has done it again. Two of the state's business legends, Amazon and Microsoft, are teaming together to make sure their artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistants can communicate with one another. The...
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A new generation of highly skilled talent.

As in many counties in Washington State, Clark County is already planning for a future where Baby Boomers punch the clock for the last time. Economic development professionals there estimate that more than 30,000 workers will need to be replaced in the next 10 years...
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Electric ferries on the horizon?

Seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint while making the state's waters more friendly to marine life, Washington State is studying the use of an all-electric ferry, the first of its kind for the United States' largest ferry fleet. The run between Anacortes and...
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Funko opens stunning new HQ in Everett.

Thousands of fans lined up early to catch a sneak peek at Funko's new toy headquarters in Everett. The originator of hundreds of pop culture bobble-headed cult figures opened the new store in the city's former Bon Marche department store. The Washington-grown company...
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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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