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 staff work in all the South Thurston Communities and can schedule an appointment near your location.
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
STEDI meets on the third Friday of every month. 8:00 AM – 9:30 Am.
Shop South is a buy-local campaign designed specifically for the unique needs of the rural business owners and rural shoppers in the South Thurston County area. Supported by the South Thurston Economic Development Initiative (STEDI), the mission of this campaign is to instill local pride through intergenerational participation and to build community wealth. Representatives from Rochester, Grand Mound, Bucoda, Tenino, Rainier, Yelm, Roy, and McKenna have all been at the table in designing, implementing, and leading this effort. Continued inter-community collaboration is central to our success moving forward. We believe that the more local businesses can work together, the more successful we will be.