Newsletter – January 2017


EDC is kicking off the new year with continued efforts to secure grant funding for workforce development. In addition, business recruitment activity is at its highest since 2004 with several companies considering expansion to Lewis County. We anticipate that 2017 will be a promising year for Lewis County with new business investment.


Community & Workforce Development


Workforce Development Grant:

The EDC is creating a community based application and scope of work to serve those affected by changes to the coal industry. This grant opportunity will be a partnership between the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Centralia College, and the EDC.


Business Week:

Business Week was last month at Centralia College with over 400 juniors from Centralia and WF West High Schools participated in this event. This is a fantastic program that provides students with the opportunity to experience the business world through a four-day course. Our marketing manager, Benjamin Baria, served as a company advisor. He spent the week assisting the future leaders of Lewis County learn how to start, grow, and lead a business. Exercises included helping students learn how to brainstorm, how to develop marketing material for their company, and how to gain a conceptual understanding of business financials.




Heavy Industry:

A large industrial producer toured IPAT’s new 25-acre site last month. The site has a newly paved road and has a 25-acre graded pad that is ready for industrial development. This industry manufacturer serves the high-tech sector.


Anaheim Trade Show:

Benjamin Baria, our marketing manager will be attending the Plastic West & MDM Trade Show in Anaheim along with our consultant “Site Location Partnership”. The show will host 20,000 attendees from several industries including: plastics, technology, advanced manufacturing, and medical equipment. The show is in February, if you have a question or are interested in the EDC connecting your company with suppliers or customers at the show please contact us.


Business Retention & Expansion


Internship Survey:

The EDC, in conjunction with neighboring economic development councils, is surveying manufacturer’s interest in internship programs. Our purpose is to identify and champion ways to build our future workforce. The initial survey results illustrated an interest in hosting interns, although none of the survey companies had an existing internship programs.


We visited with several companies this past month and visited with the business owners. Most of the companies we visited were very private and requested we not include them in our newsletter. If you would like us to tour your facility and see how we may be of assistance, please let us know. We would love the opportunity to see how we might assist you in becoming more successful.


For questions regarding the EDC’s activities please contact Matt Matayoshi or (360) 748-0114