Washington Economic Development Association

Your Portal to Local & Regional Economic Development in Washington

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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.


The 2019 Legislative Agenda "Working Together for Jobs and Economic Prosperity Across Washington" had been finalized by WEDA leaders. 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. Click here to view the 2019 Legislative Agenda.

The 2018 WEDA Summer Conference "New Tools & Technologies" hosted at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center on August 22 and 23 was a great success. Thank you to all our conference speakers, attendees, and sponsors! Click here for select conference content and additional details.

Make sure to check out the newly launched WEDA monthly newsletter after a long hiatus. 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!



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  • Recruitment Map - Spring 2013
  • Retention Map - Spring 2013
  • Expansion Map - Spring 2013
  • 2018 WEDA Legislative Positions & Priorities Announced 


    WEDA advocates for economic development funding and policy legislation.

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

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

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