Washington State: Building Business Legends

An Inspirational Lifestyle

Revolutionary ideas flow like water around here…

Getting Around

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

10 Great Reasons to Choose Washington

The coffee’s not bad either…

Invest In Your Future... And Ours

800 multinational firms are in Washington. Are you 801?

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…

Cool stuff we thought of…

A screen capture of the timeline of Washington State innovations and inventions

We invent stuff in Washington State. We just can’t help ourselves, it seems. Out track record of breathtaking invention is one of the reasons we always come out on top in the number of patents awarded. Enough braggadocio. We’ll let our interactive timeline tell the tale. And you may just be surprised at the things we’ve come up with over the years.

Check out our Innovations & Inventions timeline.

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!



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…

Washington-made SpaceX satellites to take flight.

Washington's commercial space cluster is about to experience a new test of its engineering and design prowess with the launch of two prototype satellites this weekend. If everything goes smoothly, the Redmond-based SpaceX facility will put the first of thousands of...

An electrifying new way to fly.

Geekwire has reported that Zunum Aero has started construction of the prototype for the new electric motor that will power the Zunum Aero, slated to be flown for the first time next year. The revolutionary new aircraft is being developed by the company in the hopes of...

New Everett airport terminal offers a departure.

Business travelers in the northern part of Washington will be getting a real treat later this year. Three airlines have announced daily flights from the new passenger terminal being built in Everett. Alaska, United and Southwest have all announced they will provide...

Seattle gets a big hygge.

When it comes to being hygge, the number crunchers at Sperlings.com have spoken. The greater Seattle area captured #1 honors in the nation, dusting every other major city in four main categories - cozy weather, hygge pastimes, hygge venues and homes with fireplaces....

New virtual reality lab opens at UW.

A $6 million infusion of capital from Facebook, Google and Huawei has allowed the University of Washington to open a new virtual reality and augmented reality research hub. The UW Reality Hub is one of the first of its kind at a major university and is housed in the...

Blue Origin buys more land to expand.

Washington's commercial space cluster keeps growing by leaps and bounds. The latest announcement comes from Blue Origin, which purchased 31 acres of property near their current world headquarters in Kent, Washington for expansion. The four parcels sold for $14 million...

Governor Inslee forms new aircraft council.

Governor Inslee has formed a new Choose Washington NMA Council (a great name, BTW) to show Boeing why they should build their new middle-of-the-market plane in Washington State.  The council hopes to show Boeing that building the new plane in Washington makes the best...

The nuts and bolts of fighting rust.

A revolution in materials along side advances in manufacturing techniques is creating an industry sector focused on higher performance, increased safety and lower costs. Washington State businesses like Seattle-based Modumetal are on the leading edge of redefining...

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