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.

This business keeps on truckin’…

A Kenworth truck, part of Paccar's transportation network, heads down the highway.
Sure, Washington leads the way in airplane production, but did you know it’s also a major player in ground transportation? Paccar, Inc. dominates the medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturing market with its world-famous brands. Can autonomous Kenworth and Peterbilt 18-wheelers be in its future? That’s a big 10-4 good buddy!

See how Paccar rolls…


A handbook for local investment

The cover of the Washington Dollars, Washington Sense book

Washington’s Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness has released a new book, filled with great ideas for investors, rural and underserved communities and entrepreneurs to build wealth in their own communities through local investment.

Check out Washington Dollars, Washington Sense – it’s free!

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…

93% of all jobs? Well, technically!

Looking at all the construction cranes dotting the skyline, it's hard not to notice that there's a technology boom going on in Seattle right now. But a new report by the real estate firm CBRE confirms it, noting that an astonishing 93% of all downtown office jobs in...

New CLT plant in Spokane Valley to break ground.

Katerra is breaking ground on a new plant in Spokane Valley that will soon be turning out cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulum, materials that can be used to replace concrete and steel in high-rise buildings. The 250,000 square foot factory will eventually employ...

The future: robots building complex aircraft.

For over a century, Washington State aerospace innovators have been pioneering new materials and methods for manufacturing commercial aircraft. The future of advanced manufacturing belongs to those who design and build robots that will populate the factories. MTorres,...

Brewing better proteins for industry.

The metabolic changes that happen in the time-tested process of fermentation are now being applied to the development of new proteins that can result in advanced materials, specialty chemicals for agriculture and improved pharmaceuticals. Seattle-based Arzeda...

Perimatics is UW innovation lab’s 127th startup.

The hits just keep coming for the University of Washington's CoMotion innovation lab. Perimatics is the latest in the long list of spinoffs CoMotion has spawned, its 127 startup to date. The new company is the brainchild of Kalyani Velagapudi and Bala Nair and is...

Mercedes opens Washington office.

Tapping into Washington's huge IT talent pool seems to be the norm rather than the exception these days. Joining a passel of other world-famous names making their home here, Mercedes-Benz is the latest to announce that it has opened a new engineering center in the...

A very SAFE boat indeed.

Every company likes to claim it started in someone's garage. In the case of SAFE Boats, which is celebrating its 20th year, it's true! - you can still drive by the garage on Port Orchard's Mullenix Road. “We literally started as small as you could be,” said Scott...

Washington economy snags top honor.

If there were an Olympics for businesses, Washington would be on the podium right now. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has released its 2017 State New Economy Index and Washington took the #3 spot, ranking just behind California and Massachusetts....

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