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Washington Economic Development Directory

WA Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Washington Economic Development Association
Noah Reandeau
Executive Director
1201 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2100
Tacoma, WA USA 98401
Washington State Department of Commerce
Susan St. Germain
Recruitment Manager
2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2600
Seattle, WA USA 98121

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WA Regional Economic Development Agencies

Greater Spokane Incorporated
Rich Hadley
President & CEO
801 West Riverside
Spokane, WA USA 99210
Port of Seattle
Paul S. Isaki
Director of Economic, Business and Trade Development
P.O. Box 1209
Seattle, WA USA 98111
Port of Tacoma
Annika Dean
Industrial Development & Real Estate
One Sitcum Plaza, P.O. Box 1837
Tacoma, WA USA 98401
Puget Sound Regional Council
Bill McSherry
Director of Economic Development
1011 Western Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA USA 98104
Tri-City Development Council
Carl Adrian
President & CEO
7130 West Grandridge Boulevard, Suite A
Kennewick, WA USA 99336
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WA County Economic Development Agencies

Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County
Susan Suess
Vice President
950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 410
Tacoma, WA USA 98401
Jeff Marcell
Executive Vice President & COO
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2500
Seattle, WA USA 98101-2611
Pierce County Office of the County Executive: Economic Development Division
Denise Dyer
Manager of Economic Development
950 Pacific Avenue, Suite 720
Tacoma, WA USA 98402-4494
Yakima County Development Association
David McFadden
President & CEO
P.O. Box 1387
Yakima, WA USA 98907

WA City Economic Development Agencies

Bellingham/Whatcom Economic Development Council
Nancy Jordan
Executive Director
115 Unity Street, Suite 101, P.O. Box 2803
Bellingham, WA USA 98227
City of Auburn, WA
Dave Baron
Economic Development Manager
25 West Main Street
Auburn, WA USA 98001-4998
City of Kennewick
Ken Nelson
Director of Economic Development
P.O. Box 6108
Kennewick, WA USA 99336
City of Lynnwood
David Kleitsch
Economic Development Director
4114 198th Street SW, P.O. Box 5008
Lynnwood, WA USA 98046-5008
City of Richland Economic Development Office
Gary Ballew, CEcD
Economic Development Manager
P.O. Box 190, MS 18
Richland, WA USA 99352
Tacoma Community & Economic Development Department
Ryan Petty
747 Market Street, 9th Floor
Tacoma, WA USA 98402

Washington State Incentives

COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT ZONE PROGRAM(CEZ): a competitive program intended to spur neighborhood revitalization and reinvestment. To receive state CEZ designation, the six eligible jurisdictions identified targeted neighborhoods, undertook a planning and public involvement process, and adopted a five-year plan to guide resource investments. The CEZ designation enables qualified businesses to apply to the Washington State Department of Revenue for sales tax deferrals and business and occupation tax credits for a variety of projects. The statutory authority for the CEZ program is found in Chapter 43.31C of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

SALES AND USE TAX EXEMPTION for Manufacturing Machinery & Equipment (m&E): Available to manufacturers and processors for hire performing manufacturing and R&D. Testing operation for a manufacturer and processor for hire. To qualify, the manufacturer must purchase qualifying machinery and equipment used directly in a manufacturing operation or research and development performed by a manufacturer, or testing operations performed for a manufacturer.

Rural County/Community Empowerment Zone (CEZ) Incentives:

  • Purchases of Server Equipment and Power Infrastructure for use in Eligible Data Centers – Sales/Use Tax Exemption: Available to the owner of an eligible data center with a combined square footage of at least 100,000 square feet and lessees of at least 20,000 square feet within an eligible data center located in a rural county.
  • B&O Credit for New Employees in Manufacturing and Research & Development in Rural Counties: Available to manufacturers, R&D laboratories, and commercial testing facilities located in rural counties or within a CEZ. To qualify, the company must create new employment positions/increase instate employment by 15 percent. In turn, this incentive gives a $2,000 credit/position with annual wages/benefits of $40,000 or less; or a $4,000 credit/position with wages/benefits of more than $40,000 annually.

HIGH TECHNOLOGY B&O CREDIT for R&D Spending: Available to businesses conducting research and development (R&D) in Washington State in the research and development fields of advanced computing, advanced materials, biotechnology, electronic device technology and environmental technology.


  • Solar Energy System and Components of Solar Energy Systems Manufacturers – Reduced B&O Tax Rate available to manufacturers, manufacturers that sell their product at wholesale, and processors for hire of solar energy systems and specified components of solar energy systems using photovoltaic modules or stirling converters.
  • Machinery & Equipment Used to Generate Electricity Using Renewable Energy – Sales/Use Tax Exemption available to anyone that generates electricity using fuel cells, sun, wind, biomass energy, tidal and wave energy, geothermal resources, anaerobic digestion, technology that converts otherwise lost energy from exhaust, or landfill gas. The refund program expires July 1, 2013.
  • Energy Production Using Solar, Methane, & Wind Power – Cost Recovery Program available to individuals, businesses, local government entities that are not in the light and power business or gas distribution business, and participants in a community solar project.

REDUCED B&O TAX RATE FOR AEROSPACE BUSINESSES: This incentive is available to manufacturers and processors for hire of commercial airplanes or component parts of commercial airplanes, non-manufacturers engaged in the business of aerospace product development, certificated FAR repair stations making retail sales, and aerospace tooling manufacturers.

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