Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater MSA ranked #2 nationally on Economic Growth

Chmura Analytics examined data and reported on the general health of city and metropolitan area from an economic perspective. They crunched the numbers and compiled the data shared in the accompanying report and charts.  The report and charts shown that Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater MSA is ranked #2 nationally and perceived to be very healthy and have long-term…
February 14, 2024

Thurston Economic Vitality Index – Summer 2023

Given the rapid changes to consumer demand, interest rates and inflation that the nation has experienced over the last two years, we continue to be impressed with the resiliency shown by our local economy in adapting to those changes. Thurston County continues to benefit from a diversified private sector employment base and a foundational public…
August 7, 2023

Lacey business and non-profit win “Economic Courage” award

On July 26, the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) held an old-fashioned BBQ & Hootenanny! That’s right – delicious food, drinks, hay bales, a Cornhole Tournament, Bluegrass music from Runaway Train, and hippity-hop races featuring local celebrities. They also gave out awards to organizations that have shown ‘Economic Courage’ including fortitude, perseverance and success in…
July 28, 2023

Lacey Announced New City Manager

The Lacey City Council officially selected Rick Walk as the new City Manager during the Regular City Council meeting on July 6, 2023. The vote was unanimous to appoint Walk as the fifth City Manager of Lacey since 1974. Walk served as Interim City Manager since December 2022. Read More
July 7, 2023

Small Budget Film Production Grant Now Open

Are you an emerging filmmaker looking to fund your next project?  The Washington Filmworks are investing in the future of local visionaries with a new grant for projects with budgets between $20K-1M. This program is designed to support emerging Washington filmmakers with early stage funding commitments and funding assistance. Most types of motion picture content…
May 24, 2023

Application Open for C-PACER Loan

Commercial Property Clean Energy & Resiliency (C-PACER) Program is a voluntary loan program that allows eligible commercial property owners in Thurston County to obtain long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, and building resiliency improvements. Read More
March 20, 2023

Shared Space in Lacey is Supporting Mental Health Professionals

Sharon Shadwell, LMHC, and her spouse Matt Horner, MA, co-founded The Practice NW and opened their doors in November 2022 with a goal of making all spaces “healing-centered in design.” Their office welcomes mental health and wellness practitioners of all kinds. Read More
February 9, 2023