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…

10,000 and counting!

It took Boeing's 737 nearly 40 years to hit the magic 5,000 mark in production. It took just another 12 years to build 5,000 more. Boeing employees celebrated this amazing milestone at the Renton factory recently. Turning out 47 Boeing 737s a month, the factory is not...

A concrete idea for recycling carbon fiber.

Carbon fiber can be found in airplanes, cars and wind turbine blades these days. Unfortunately, about 30% of this miracle material is waste product. Figuring out what to do with much waste carbon fiber has been a problem for the industry, as many of the most popular...

We’re more artsy than New York? Really?

When it comes to being artistic and boasting a rich culture of creativity, Washington State is hard to beat. The other Washington with all its museums took top honors in the U.S. Commerce Department's annual report on arts and culture economies, but Washington State...

The birthplace of the electric bass.

Washington invents a lot of stuff. But some of our inventions are could-haves instead of should-haves. Such is the case with the electric bass guitar. While Fender likes to claim all the fame for inventing the bass guitar, the credit really goes to Paul Tutmarc, a...

Wine industry drinks in its success.

In Washington, wine is as much a family affair as it is a business. There are more than 900 wineries in the state, making it #2 in the U.S. in wine production and a leader in the premium wine category. Wine aficionados can thank families like the Sauers for today's...

10,000 Year Clock has Seattle connections.

The clock is ticking on the 10,000 Year Clock. The clock, which is being built deep inside a mountain in West Texas, has a lot of Seattle connections. Notably, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos started the project with a $40 million investment. Two other...

Phytelligence cultivates new agriculture business model.

Historically, bringing a new variety or species of fruit or vegetable to market has been a decades-long process. But Seattle start-up Phytelligence is about to change all that. The company has come up with a new method for cutting the initial breeding, growing and...

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 month. If everything goes smoothly, the Redmond-based SpaceX facility will put the first of thousands of...

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