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New Small Business, Nonprofit and Agriculture Grant Resource Available Now

Thurston Strong (Thurston EDC) announced a new round of grant assistance for small businesses, nonprofit organizations and food system entities impacted by the COVID pandemic. Pandemic challenges persist and many independent enterprises and service organizations have been disproportionately impacted. This round of funding provides an extended bridge to sustain our entrepreneurial and employment tapestry, while…
November 18, 2021

November is Global Entrepreneurship Month

Gov. Jay Inslee this week proclaimed November Global Entrepreneurship Month in Washington, kicking off nearly 50 online webinars and on-demand training sessions throughout November to help people start new businesses and help current business owners pivot, rebuild or safely restart in the age of COVID-19. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, new business starts are up…
November 2, 2021

Lacey receives Governor’s Smart Communities Award

The City of Lacey receives the 2020-21 GOVERNOR’S SMART COMMUNITIES AWARD, The City of Lacey recently received a 2020-21 Governor’s Smart Communities for their Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), Read More
October 21, 2021

Lacey MakerSpace to Receive $1M Federal Grant

Lacey MakerSpace is going to receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. The grant will be used to purchase technical equipment and train workers and business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell — also the chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and…
October 5, 2021

Doing Business in…Lacey

South Sound Business, Antoinette Alexander, Sept 20, 2021 – Lacey, incorporated as a city in 1966, today boasts a population of more than 50,000. Six times over the last eight years, quarterly employment growth within the city and adjacent metro area has ranked within the top 15 percent of the 325 largest U.S. metropolitan counties,…
September 21, 2021

When will the worker shortages end?

Breaking down the big US labor shortage: Crunch could partly ease this fall but much of it could take years to fix, Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, September 7, 2021 The most severe worker shortages on record largely were expected to ease this month with the reopening of schools and expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits on…
September 7, 2021

Hiring event for local warehouse employers

From the Olympia News – Thurston County WorkSource, which operates the area’s unemployment office, is the setting this Friday for what it calls the “Warehousing and Logistics Hiring Event.” The in-person event will be held outdoors from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. Friday at 1570 Irving St. SW, Tumwater. The event does not require registration;…
August 25, 2021

Thurston confirms 724 new COVID-19 cases in past week, its highest ever

The Olympian – 724 new cases include 203 reported on Aug. 4 and 92 reported on Aug. 5. However, some of those cases are as old as July 25 because they came from a data backlog from the Washington State Department of Health, according to Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. Previously, the most…
August 11, 2021

Developer doubles down on Lacey, buys 5 more office buildings in city’s Midtown

By Rolf Boone July 07, 2021 05:30 AM, The Olympian Over the past decade, Kirkland developer MJR Development has acquired office buildings and land near Lacey’s Huntamer Park, infusing what was once a largely vacant and inactive area with new tenants and projects that it calls The Hub. And the company has done it again,…
July 9, 2021
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