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.

Participating Communities

  • Bucoda
  • Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
  • Grand Mound
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe
  • Rainier
  • Rochester
  • Tenino
  • Yelm

Strategic Partners

  • Experience Olympia & Beyond
  • Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Port of Olympia
  • South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity
  • Thurston County Government
  • Thurston Conservation District
  • Thurston EDC’s Center for Business & Innovation
  • Thurston Regional Planning Council
  • Timberland Regional Library
  • Washington State Department of Commerce
  • WSU Thurston County Extension Office

STEDI meets on the third Friday of every month 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 

For more information please contact:

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