Welcome to Mason County
Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region of Washington State, Mason County is home to a wide range of industries, from high tech and aviation to manufacturing and e-commerce. Companies are attracted to the area by the low cost and ready availability of buildable land, the superior quality of life, comprehensive tax advantages and “can do” workforce that is ready to make your company the next Washington success story.
Area businesses are supported by a team of experienced professionals at the Economic Development Council of Mason County who serve as consultants and facilitators, ensuring that your business’ needs are met, from permitting and infrastructure to workforce and incentives.
REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS:
Business Demographic Study Update: to view scope of work click Here
Application Deadline: November 30, 2015
Industry Round Tables: to view scope of work click Here
Application Deadline: November 20, 2015
SPARKING SOLUTIONS: countywide strategic planning process
Paving a path in the business world takes perseverance, inspiration, knowledge, effective communication, and leadership abilities. In addition to all the talents that an individual needs, the community needs to be just as prepared. So starts our strategic planning process!
It started with the Getting to Yes workshop with the purpose of helping Mason County support and grow entrepreneurship and build a a viable economic ecosystem. Participants from all areas of Mason County energized this event as we asked what they want to accomplish with economic development. This built a common understanding of how local economies work, clarifying the roles of the various players in the local economy, and increasing collaboration between the various players. At the end of the workshop the participants utilized SWOT analysis to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the local economy, the results of which will appear later in this paper. The outcomes from this event encouraged the EDC’s board and staff to build off of the momentum and develop a strategic plan for countywide economic development. This plan reflects the voices and perspectives of our community; it also responds to our observations of needs and opportunities across Mason County and trends in economic development across the nation. This plan will provide a basis on which organizations make decisions about how to improve and navigate a path to a better future.
And we are not finished yet, work continues on the seven identified industries: tourism, value-added agriculture, advanced manufacturing, career and technical education, information and communications technology, forest products, and healthcare. Keep checking back for more updates. Click Sparking Solutions – draft to see the first step.
NOVEMBER 13, 2015 – EDC Monthly Luncheon
We have decided to cancel this month’s luncheon.
DECEMBER 07, 2015 – South Sound Farm to Fork | 1pm – 6pm
Where: South Sound Manor – 455 North Street SE, Tumwater WA
Agenda: 1pm Registration | 1:30-4:30pm Program | 4:30-6pm Networking Opportunities
Meet, Connect and Network with our local food partner. For more information, click here or visit http://SouthSoundfarm2fork2015.bpt.me.
DECEMBER 08, 2015 – EDC Membership Holiday Party | 6pm – 8pm
Where: The Colonial House – 222 E. Pine Street, Shelton WA
We’d like to invite you to join us for our first EDC holiday party. Come and celebrate, and meet your current and future board members. There will be food, drinks, and good cheer all around!
DECEMBER 10, 2016
Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo | 8am – 2:30pm
Where: Great Wolf Lodge – 20500 Old Hwy 99 SE, Centralia, WA
Come and join us for our exciting one-day conference focused on setting the economic stage for our region for the upcoming year. This conference brings together regional businesses from a wide range of industry sectors.
SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2016
EDC Annual Luncheon| 12pm – 1pm
Keep checking back for more information!