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Economic Development Council of Mason County
Contact: Lynn Longan
310 W. Cota St
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: 360-426-2276


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Founded in 1983, the Economic Development Council of Mason County (EDC) provides one-on-one, confidential consulting services, free-of-charge, to individual businesses seeking to establish, expand or relocate to Mason County. Our mission is to expand and diversify the economy throughout Mason County by retaining and recruiting jobs, growing strong and sustainable industry clusters, and promoting global competitiveness for Washington State. We are committed to being your go-to source for economic information on Mason County through our cluster-driven, client-focused approach. For personalized help, please feel free to contact us.

Mason County is unlike any other region, bringing together visionary leaders across industries in a culture that nurtures and supports new thinking and bold ideas. At the EDC, we are passionate about our communities, our county, and our region and helping businesses make the most of the opportunities that it holds.


Mason County is one of the most unique regions in the Pacific Northwest. The county is centrally located to Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap and King counties but retains its small-town charm where neighbors still know each other’s names. The county is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, covering 967 square miles that includes portions of pristine Hood Canal, Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest. With its close proximity to major commerce centers, superior quality of life and clear competitive strengths such as a skilled workforce, low energy rates and streamlined permitting, Mason County is a great choice for businesses looking to startup, relocate or expand. The county enjoys a diverse economy focused on several key sectors: forest products, aquaculture, health care, and technology with plenty of buildable land.

Operating costs are lower compared to that of other states as well as bordering counties. Our low-cost energy, ready access to the I-5 corridor and waterways, and competitive labor rates, property costs and permitting fees make Mason County an attractive choice for businesses.

Those who choose Mason County often say it’s the quality of life that drew them here. The slow pace of life, safe neighborhoods, low-cost housing and boundless recreational opportunities, along with the convenient access to major urban centers when you need a “big city” fix, gives businesses, employees and owners the best of all worlds.


Seeking to expand the local economy by leveraging the available resources and existing industries, the EDC worked with Mason County to perform a thorough evaluation of overall market opportunities and define target industries that the area should focus on for future growth. Mason County has specific economic development tools in place for targeted industry sectors including:

  • Value-Added Agriculture/Aquaculture
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Forest Products
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Tourism

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