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…

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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.

Climb every mountain…

Employees pose in front of one of REI's original stores.

Few business success stories involve an ice ax. But it was Lloyd Anderson’s international quest for an affordable ice ax that led him to start his own outfitting company, Recreational Equipment, Inc., or REI as it’s known today. Success was hardly instantaneous though. It took nine years for the company to hire its first employee. Then the Whittakers arrived. Yes, those Whittakers. The rest, they say, is history.

Read more about how REI got its start…

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…

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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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Best State Economy

In The News…

Google goes for the block.

With construction of a four-building development right across the street well under way, Google has announced it will also take the block across the street on Mercer, the current site of Guitar Center and Uptown Espresso. The new 12-story, 322,000 square foot office...

From papermill to prime waterfront.

One of Vancouver's best waterfront views is getting a $1.5 billion makeover. The Waterfront-Vancouver USA project, a public-private partnership between the City of Vancouver and Gramor Development, Inc., will turn the former industrial site into a 20 block urban...

Spaceflight sets sights on launch record.

Spaceflight has big plans later this year, announcing the planned launch of more than 71 smallsats for its customers aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission, tentatively slated for November, will be one for the record books, marking the largest rideshare to date for an...

Sub Pop: The sound of music for 30 years.

If you fly through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, you may think it a bit strange to see a record store there. But Sub Pop Records is much more than a record store. It's an integral part of Washington's legendary music scene. Sure, Washington gave the world The...

Seattle flexes its high-tech muscles.

Watch out Silicon Valley, Seattle is hot on your tail as the leader in high-tech. So says John Connors, managing partner of Ignition Partners, the Seattle-area venture capital firm. The company has invested in 64 high-tech startups in the Pacific Northwest, compared...

The seeds have been planted (almost).

DroneSeed, a Seattle startup, really can see the forest for the trees. After getting official clearance from the FAA and a new round of funding, the company is setting its sights on reshaping the way forests are replanted. Using a network of drones controlled by the...

Boeing, Boeing, gone.

The New Zealand Defence Force has signed a $1.6 billion deal to replace their aging P-3 Orions with four new Boeing P-8A Poseidons. The new search and rescue aircraft are scheduled to join the fleet's inventory in 2023, in what officials have described as a once in a...

There’s a lot of space here.

The commercial space industry is booming. So says a recent report and conference where industry leaders gathered to discuss this rapidly growing segment of Washington's economy. Spaceflight Industries is a shining example of the entrepreneurial spirit that is creating...

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