It’s about primary businesses.

We measure our success in about 5 year incrementsSince 1978, the private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) has worked with job-creating companies to grow the economy of Pierce County in Washington State, USA. Our work is about attracting and retaining high quality jobs for our residents.

It’s about great jobs.

The EDB is in the business of recruitment and retention of businesses in Pierce County, Washington. The more high-wage jobs at companies in Tacoma-Pierce County, the greater the job and career opportunities for our citizens. The more opportunities in Tacoma-Pierce County, the better the quality of life.

The last five years: 2014–2018

Because most deals take well over a year to conclude, the EDB measures its results in five-year increments. The EDB’s $184:1 return on its investors’ dollars from 2014–2018 is indicative of the strength of its recruitment and retention programs.

A message from the EDB president

What is it about primary businesses?

Primary businesses export a product or service out of Tacoma-Pierce County and import new dollars into the local economy, thereby “growing the wealth pie.” That wealth energizes the local community through employee wages and purchases from suppliers who employ additional people.

Quality of life starts with a good job

Primary businesses typically pay higher wages than other businesses because higher value goods and services are produced and sold. In short, primary businesses are the fundamental building blocks of high-wage job creation.

Competition is fierce

Tacoma-Pierce County faces regional, national and global competition to keep its existing firms, as well as recruit new firms to our market. Every company retention project we serve is a potential recruitment case for another community.

We’re serious about our work

Let us help your firm or client become a success in Tacoma-Pierce County. Contact us today.

Bruce Kendall

President and CEO

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