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The Washington Economic Development Association (WEDA), the National Development Council (NDC) and leaders of the Washington Small Business Recovery Working Group are urging small businesses and non-profits to act now to secure a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

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Media release: WEDA Celebrates Excellence in Economic Development with 2021 WEDA Economic Development Awards

“WEDA’s Economic Development Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in economic development at the highest level,” said WEDA Board Chair Mike Bomar, who also serves as Director of Economic Development for the Port of Vancouver USA, “There are leaders across our entire state working tirelessly to recover jobs and rebuild their communities. These awards honor leaders and projects that are excelling in this important work.”

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WEDA, the National Development Council (NDC) and leaders of the Washington State Small Business Recovery Working Group announced the launch of, a digital resource hub designed to help small businesses and nonprofits, particularly those from underserved communities, navigate the recently re-opened Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and upcoming funding opportunities.

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Registration is OPEN for our 2022 Winter Conference, March 2-3 in Olympia! Please join us in-person (with significant COVID-19 safety measures) as we focus on

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Good News! House Bill 1333, the Point 09 bill, was passed this afternoon by the WA State House with a vote of 93-3 – the

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We enjoyed being part of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.'s Legislative Affairs briefing this AM! It was a great opportunity to have a dialogue with State

Recent WEDA Newsletters

October 2019 Issue


WEDA's 2020 Legislative Agenda is Released

Let's Make It Happen!


WEDA's 2020 Legislative Agenda


Message from WEDA Executive Director, Suzanne Dale Estey

Building on Our Momentum, Moving Forward Together


Artificial Intelligence: A Game-Changer for Corporate Space

Article courtesy of Area Development, written by Pranav Tyagi


Tips of the Trade for Economic Development Professionals

Skill Clusters: A Better Way to Market and Match Your Region’s Talent to Companies, written by Joshua Wright, EMSII


New bus, new tour as AWB prepares to celebrate 'Made in Washington'


Ideas, Innovation, Inspiration: Get Involved with Global Entrepreneurship Month

November 2019

Past Newsletters

May 2019 Issue


Message from WEDA Board Chair, Jonathan Smith

Progress Abounds for WEDA - Please join us!


Legislative Wrap Up: Solid Progress for Economic Development in Olympia


WEDA Celebrates Economic Development Week

May 6 - 11, 2019

January 2019 Issue


Message from the Executive Director, Suzanne Dale Estey

Why Economic Development Matters & Why You Should Care


Tips of the Trade for Economic Development Professionals

Turn Divestment into New Investment & Success, written by Michael Hass, CEO, PM&P


Legislative Update: WEDA’s Agenda in Action


Innovation Corner: Bremerton-Silverdale - #6 Most Innovative Metro Area,

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With Washington State Leading the Charge

Washington State Community Economic Revitaliation Board Invests $2.25 Million in 5 Counties

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