Washington Economic Development Association

Your Portal to Local & Regional Economic Development in Washington

Click here to return to the home page Click here to visit the About WEDA section Click here for WEDA news & events Click here for conference information Click here to learn about Washington legislative affairs Click here for WEDA membership information Click here for WEDA contact information
The Washington Economic Development Association
Stimulate.  Educate.  Activate.

As Washington’s only trade association focused on economic development, WEDA is committed to retaining, expanding and recruiting jobs and investment across Washington State. 

In an environment of rapidly evolving technologies and an increasingly global marketplace, there is a premium on good information and access to best practices. This is the magic of WEDA; we help our members to:

  • learn about what works and what doesn’t;
  • stay on top of emerging issues;
  • gain access to available resources;
  • share experiences with colleagues;
  • help shape policies that support economic development.

Through WEDA, economic developers from communities, counties, regions, ports, tribes, the state and private organizations come together to pursue our mutual goals. Critical private players such as banks, utilities, corporations, foundations and service firms enrich the dialog and bring vital insights to our discussions.


Click on our COVID-19 Information link to be directed to a list of federal, state and local organizations providing assistance or information for businesses addressing COVID-19. 


On July 14 & 15, 2020 economic development, government, port, business, tribal, education and community leaders from throughout Washington & Oregon engaged with experts on the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum focused on tools and strategies for economic developers to leverage in order to help their communities recover jobs, foster economic opportunity and spark re-investment across the region. Click here for The Forum agenda. 

Registrants of the Forum have unlimited access to the virtual event through July 2021. Click here to log-in!

If you weren't able to participate in the Forum live, you can gain access to recordings and presentations from our keynote and breakout sessions by purchasing a virtual Forum ticket here.

Virtual access to Onward & Upward: Economic Recovery Resources Forum will give you access to:

  • recordings of keynote presentations, general sessions, and panel discussions 
  • presentation documents
  • sponsor & exhibitor information
  • links to resources and other information referenced in discussions and presentations


Online access to The Forum via the Swapcard* platform through July 15, 2021: $50.00


As part of WEDA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion outreach, Women & Minority-owned Business Enterprises (WMBEs) and equity focused/ethnic organizations will be free. Additionally, Policymakers, Economic Developers in Transition and Retirees will be able to access the content for free.

*Swapcard is an online & mobile platform that enables users to access event live streams, event recordings, documents, networking resources and more. Once you've purchased your virtual access to The Forum, log-in instructions to Swapcard will be emailed to you

2020 Winter WEDA Conference Information & Content Links
Thank you to all our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making this year's Winter Conference a huge success! Session topics included: The Importance of a Unified FDI Strategy, Global Economic Development in Action, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness, Global Economic Development Strategies to Grow & Strengthen Local Communities, Legislative Discussion with WEDA Partners, Legislative Update with Senators Lynda Wilson and Mark Mullett and more!

WEDA's 2020 Legislative Agenda
WEDA’s 2020 State Legislative Agenda, Let's Make It Happen, continues our focus on “Working Together for Jobs and Economic Prosperity Across Washington" and outlines our strategy for retaining, expanding and recruiting jobs and investment across Washington State. The Agenda focuses on the most critical actions lawmakers can take to retain and grow living wage jobs, foster vibrant communities and spark investment in Washington State.

WEDA's Newsletter 

Make sure to check out the WEDA newsletter . It includes updates on WEDA activities, progress on our State Legislative Agenda, Tips of the Trade for Economic Development Professionals, and examples of cutting-edge initiatives in our field in the Innovation Corner. Feedback and article ideas are always welcomed!




Click here to join WEDA now

WEDA advocates for economic development funding and policy legislation.

WEDA hosts economic development professionals at two annual conferences each year.

WEDA meets with a delegation of economic development professionals from the Ukraine who were interested in strengthening their ties with Washington.

WEDA mapped out Washington's recruitment, retention and expansion networks.