Geographically located between two of the Pacific Northwest’s major natural product consumer markets, Seattle Washington and Portland, Oregon, Thurston County is home to a growing and thriving economy. This location is recognized as a major distribution hub by companies such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target. In the past year, our community has received national recognition as a desirable place to live. In 2017, Olympia ranked as the 4th “Best Places to Live,” citing indicators such as economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and healthcare. In 2018, National Geographic recognized Olympia as one of “The Best Cities in the United States.” The Olympia and Thurston County region supports a high quality of life, low cost of living, and access to recreational amenities. By supporting our natural products companies, we are growing prosperity that fits with our community’s values.