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Washington State: Building Business Legends

The birthplace of such legendary businesses 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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In The News…

Shine on me, shine on me.

In a state that’s often maligned for its cloudy weather comes proof that the sun does actually shine in Washington. Workers are putting finishing touches to 82,000 solar panels that will soon be converting energy from the sun into energy for homes and businesses in...

And the runner-up is…

After an exhaustive nationwide search, Amazon announced that it would divide some of its future operations between New York City and Arlington, Virginia, creating HQ2a and 2b instead of the much-anticipated HQ2. Each location will eventually employ 25,000 Amazonians...

Seattle waterfront to get a facelift.

While city planners are excited to connect the waterfront with the Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle, the Port of Seattle has some big plans of its own. The port and the city are studying a plan to invest $340 million in new facilities for cargo operations and...

Patty cake, patty cake.

It’s been said that cooking is art, baking is science. It certainly looks that way at the Washington State University Bread Lab in Mount Vernon, where leading researchers not only conduct important research on grains, but preach what they practice in an innovative...

Things are sure hoppin’ around here!

Anyone who lives in Western Washington knows that the greater Seattle area is a great place to start a business and put down some roots. The economy's growth is 5.2% net of inflation, three times faster than the average U.S. city. Incomes have grown too, up 4.7%...

Seattle is the place to be in 2019.

We usually don’t even bother to mention when we place lower than #5 in a ranking of states, but we can’t resist bragging about being the 8th top destination to visit in 2019 – in the world! Yes, the world. Lonely Planet, one of the largest publishers of guidebooks and...

Rocket test facility on state’s wish list.

Washington's growing space cluster is gaining the attention of Congress. With such industry stalwarts as Blue Origin, Stratolaunch, Spaceflight and Aerojet-Rocketdyne headquartered here, the future of the state's commercial space industry could never be brighter....

Taking a quantum leap.

Quantum physics is a strange world indeed, but Boeing, Microsoft and others are exploring this new frontier to see how it can be applied to computer science. It's so important, in fact, that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that along with artificial intelligence and...

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