Focusing on organic job growth in communities statewide.
It’s a hard lesson some communities must learn along the way. A big company leaves, and with it jobs. Hopes of a new employer coming to town are dashed by intense competition and deep pockets. In need of work, people move away, and when they do, the very soul of the community withers and wastes away.
But there is a way to retain that intellectual wealth and economic vitality. By focusing on entrepreneurship and small business growth, communities can flourish organically, creating jobs, filling empty storefronts and keeping future generations engaged and in residence.
Spearheaded by the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Business Services Division, the state’s new Startup 365 Washington program is designed to keep economic and intellectual wealth in communities throughout Washington. It has not only gained the support of local economic developers, but is part of Governor Inslee’s long-term economic development efforts to create more quality jobs statewide.
Our goal with Startup 365 Washington is to re-energize these communities and businesses with the entrepreneurial spirit, whether they are large or small. Technology allows people to live and work where they want to these days and it is Startup 365’s goal to provide the tools, resources, education and training needed to start, grow and expand a business anywhere in the state. Entrepreneurship is not just about education; it’s about successful adulthood.
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Where do inventions and economic development intersect? And can economic development professionals do anything to affect the process? What do you think are the most important inventions for civilization? Some have said humble hay, because it allowed for human migration out of Africa to colder Europe and Asia and raise animals and, you know, eventually create the modern world. Others say eyeglasses, the printing press, the number zero, antibiotics, the vacuum flask (the modern Thermos—how does it know to keep something hot or cold, anyway?), it is a vast list. But, really, how can one put some kind of limit of importance on the endless number of things we use every day? Things that make life miraculously easier than it was hundreds of years ago?
There is a reason why the Pierce County region has been called the Region of Boom. Not only has the county welcomed more jobs and investors than almost any other county in Washington in the past year, they did it as a result of a diverse number of partners and leaders playing a role in their economic development strategy. The lead architect of much of this successful strategy is Bruce Kendall, the President & CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB), a position he has held since 1999. The EDB is a private, non-profit corporation focused on the retention and recruitment of primary businesses in Tacoma and Pierce County, Washington.