Economic development is fundamentally about a better quality of life for Washingtonians. This is the underlying mission of economic developers who work every day to expand jobs, investment and community vitality in our state. Our goal at WEDA is to support the many public and private economic developers whose mission is to strengthen Washington’s economy and invigorate its quality of life.
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.
Creating an environment that encourages high quality job creation in Washington State also requires a strong presence in state legislative and regulatory arenas. It requires an association that has economic development as its core mission, and that understands and can demonstrate the return on investment that economic development brings. WEDA is that organization.