Our Vision

Our goal is to contribute to the economic vitality of the community by increasing the number of jobs and improving the local quality of life. To accomplish our goal we work to retain our local businesses and aid them in expanding as well as recruit new businesses to the area.

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.


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.


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.


The BRE program is also designed to help existing 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.
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.
Eric Sonnenberg
Eric Sonnenberg Manager, Business Recruitment & Expansion
Manages and conducts consistent outreach to the community’s existing businesses to cultivate relationships, understand needs , and prevent closure and/or relocations.

Our Board


Dan Rich, Tin Men Supply

Vice Chair

Duane Evans, Port Blakely Tree Farms LP

Past Chair

Reggie Hamilton, Hamilton Rock

Board Members

Mike Alexander, Security State Bank

Mark Anders, Port of Chehalis

Stuart Cavness, First Allied Securities, Inc.

Peter Abbarno, City of Centralia

Julie Shaffley, Port of Centralia

Roger Fish, Coalview LTD

Bob Guenther, Thurston, Lewis, Mason Labor Council

Arnold Haberstroh, Haberstroh Properties

Meri Hamre, Title Guaranty Co. of Lewis County

Bob Spahr, City of Chehalis

Gary Stamper, Lewis County

Bob Holland, Centralia General Agencies, Inc.

Ralph Hubbert, Tires Inc.

Diane Markham, Morton General Hospital

Dale Merten, Toledo Tel

Luke Moerke, Exodus Engineering

Dr. Bob Mohrbacher, Centralia College