Why Seattle-King County?
We help businesses succeed in Seattle and King County.
Founded in 1971, the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County (EDC) is the only public-private economic development partnership encompassing King County and its 39 cities. We provide one-on-one, confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to individual businesses seeking to establish, expand or relocate to Seattle and King County.
Our mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout King County by retaining and recruiting jobs, promoting global competitiveness, and growing strong and sustainable industry clusters. Our objective is to become the premier economic development organization in the US through a customized sector-based client services program focused on business retention, expansion, and recruitment. Most of all, we are committed to being your go-to source for economic information on Seattle and the 39 cities of King County. For personalized help, please feel free to contact us.
Here's a closer look at our Ground Game:
King County is unlike any other region in the world, bringing together visionary leaders across industries in a culture that nurtures and supports new thinking and bold ideas. At the EDC, we are passionate about this region and helping businesses make the most of the opportunities that it holds.
In 2014, the EDC staff worked hard over the summer updating the organization’s strategic plan and developing metrics by which to gauge our performance in five key programmatic areas as well as organizational vitality. We gathered feedback from more than 400 stakeholders around King County—including EDC board members, Mayors from across the county, education, industry and labor leaders—that resulted in our 2014-2015 Strategic Plan (now known as the Economic Vitality Action Plan), which focuses on the following objectives to gauge measurable impacts in five key areas as well as organizational vitality. See our objectives below or download our DRAFT 2016-2017 Economic Vitality Action Plan here.
Curious about how we're performing? In an effort to report our progress to our investors and the public in a transparent and accountable way, we update our Performance Metrics on a quaretly basis. Click here to view our Performance Metrics.
Objective 1: Provide timely, useful and informative market intelligence to clients and stakeholders
Objective 2: Help existing employers retain and expand jobs to improve economic vitality county-wide
Objective 3: Recruit growing companies, especially those that improve regional supply chains in targeted sectors
Objective 4: Cultivate King County’s next generation of businesses and entrepreneurs
Objective 5: Strengthen key sectors to create a robust and diverse economic base
Organization Vitality: Create a “best-in-class” organization staffed by forward-thinking economic development professionals
The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County (EDC) is currently seeking candidates for two positions on board our "small, but impactful team." We're also actively seeking volunteers to join us in presenting our 45th Annual Economic Forecast Conference.
45th Annual Economic Forecast Conference Volunteer
The Economic Forecast Conference is the EDC's signature event and the largest forecast conference in the Northwest. For over 40 years, the EDC's annual Economic Forecast Conference has helped business and community leaders translate economic trends into competitive intelligence to successfully plan for the future. In its 45th year, we're excited to explore " Business without Boundaries: A regional look at cutting-edge business trends, our uniquely diverse industries, and the Seattle region’s emergence as a global center" Visit the event page for more information.
As a volunteer, you'll receive complimentary admission and access to our volunteer happy hour. We're currently seeking volunteers for one or more of the following shifts:
Please contact Samantha Gotkin for more information and to become an Economic Forecast Conference Volunteer.
Why Seattle-King County?
....It's Home to Big Ideas!
The EDC provides confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to businesses seeking to establish operations, expand, or relocate within King County.