Our Vision

The vision of the Lewis Economic Development Council is to contribute to the economic vitality of the community, to increase the number of jobs available, and to improve the local quality of life.

To that end we have assisted over eighty firms locate here, which provide over 2,300 jobs to our community. In addition, we have worked with over 250 local firms, helping them to expand or strengthen their operations. Finally, the EDC partners with 100’s of members in business, government, and community groups to solve transportation, utility, and regulatory problems.

Recruit

Our main mission is to persuade businesses to locate, expand, and remain in this area rather than in any other location. Our marketing efforts are focused on specific industry strengths our community has: wood products, food processing, glass, plastics, chemicals, telecommunications, and healthcare. Our outreach efforts to recruit these companies include: electronic advertising, search engine optimization, trade shows, direct e-mailing, and other methods.

Retain

Business retention and expansion (BRE) is a core program of the Lewis Economic Development Council. This program is designed to keep existing businesses in the community. To do this we reach out to business districts, commercial & industrial areas, and specific industries throughout the county and learn how to help these companies stay in our area. These visits often begin with the history of the organization, include tours to better understand the business, and end with requests to assist their business.

Expand

The BRE program is also designed to help exiting businesses expand their operations in our community. Like the Retention part of the program we reach out to business districts, commercial and industrial areas, and specific industries. Our expansion visits are focused though on providing any needed assistance to help the business grow. This often includes helping companies find properties, connecting potential deals for their business growth, or even helping them make connections to save money and be able to hire more employees.

Our Team

Matt Matayoshi
Matt MatayoshiExecutive Director
Carries out the will of the Board of Directors. Leads, coaches, develops, and evaluates the programs of the staff. The Executive Director is the liaison to membership and the community.
Benjamin Baria
Benjamin BariaMarketing/BRE Manager
Develops, performs, and analyzes marketing and business retention strategies for the EDC. Manages industry relationships and familiarity with those industries.
Marrianne Schumacher
Marrianne SchumacherOffice Manager
Manages the organizations membership databases. Schedules, plans, and provides administrative support in meetings, conferences, and events. Manages daily office operations.

Our Board

Chair

Reggie Hamilton, Hamilton Rock & Contracting

Vice Chair

Dan Rich, Tin Men Supply

Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Nicholas, Tom Nicholas CPA

Board Members

Ralph Hubbert, Tires, Inc.
Bob Holland, Centralia General Agency
Del Ames, Title Guaranty
Mark Anders, Port of Chehalis
Lee Coumbs, City of Centralia
Bob Mohrbacher, Centralia College

Judy DeVaul, DeVaul Publishing
Gary Stamper, Lewis County Commissioner
Dale Merten, Toledo Tel
Bob Guenther, Thurston, Lewis, Mason Labor Council
Arnold Haberstroh, Haberstroh Properties
Mike Alexander, Security State Bank

Chris Roden, Lewis PUD
Jill Cooper, Providence Centralia Hospital
Bob Spahr, City of Chehalis
Roger Fish, Coalview LTD
Duane Evans, Port Blakely Tree Farms LP
Julie Shaffley, Port of Centralia