Eastern Washington Economic Development Alliance Formed

Posted on Feb 25, 2016

Eastern Washington Economic Development AssociationAdams County Development Council, Grant County Economic Development Council, Port of Pasco and Yakima County Development Association have come together to form the Eastern Washington Economic Development Association. 

“We were all going out trying to market our own regions,” said Emily Braunwart, Business Recruitment Manger for the GCEDC. “And by doing this we tended to duplicate many efforts. Site selectors and companies didn’t want to talk to such a small area.” Now the four entities are able to cover a larger region and pool resources to market as one area. Over 60 different crops are grown in Eastern Washington and the region is one of the largest agriculture producing areas.

The entities work together seamlessly and represent each other at all shows and conversations with businesses. The first show the alliance attended was the Northwest Food and Beverage Expo in Portland, OR. There the team had a booth and met with many companies who wanted to learn more about the region. The alliance was also able to reconnect with businesses they had previously met and continue conversations.

The alliance also traveled to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, CA. At the Expo it was the Port of Pasco and Adams County who represented the group due to conflicts in scheduling. “It was so wonderful to hear about the experience from Stephen McFadden with Adams County,” commented Braunwart. “The alliance met with nineteen companies and many of those companies were specifically asking about Grant County. It was so great ot be represented event though we couldn’t make the show.” The next show the alliance will travel to is the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

The alliance plans to attend as many shows together as possible each year. The main focus will be on agriculture, but plan to include other industries that the communities also have in common. “We are excited to see where the alliance will take us and how it will benefit all our communities in the long run,” explained Braunwart. “We are all in this together and we all want to strategically see Eastern Washington grow.”