South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI)

STEDI is a consortium focused on long-range economic and community development in the rural areas of the Thurston County. STEDI connects the collective strengths and resources of participating South Thurston communities with our strategic community partners to identify and implement efforts that will meet South Thurston’s economic and community development goals.

STEDI has a Satellite office located at the City of Yelm and is available by appointment Tuesdays, 1:30pm-4:30pm.

STEDI staff work in all the South Thurston Communities and can schedule an appointment near your location.

Participating Communities

  • Bucoda
  • Grand Mound
  • Rainier
  • Rochester
  • Tenino
  • Yelm

Strategic Partners

  • Experience Olympia & Beyond
  • Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Port of Olympia
  • Thurston County Government
  • Thurston Conservation District
  • Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation
  • Thurston Regional Planning Council
  • WSU Thurston County Extension Office


2020 STEDI Meeting Dates and Locations

STEDI Meets the Third Friday of Every Month 8am-9:30am

Rotation schedule: Rainier, Yelm, Bucoda, Rochester, Tenino

February 21- Yelm-

March 20- Bucoda-

April 17- Rochester-

May 15- Tenino-

June 19- Rainier

July 17- Yelm

August 21- Bucoda

September 18- Rochester

October 16- Tenino

November 20- Rainier

December 18-Yelm

(Locations subject to change)

Questions? Contact:

George Sharp, Rural Program Manager
[email protected] | 360-464-6043