Economic Recovery Initiative

Information for Workers and Employers in Thurston County

The Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force* is developing and coordinating a multi-faceted response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its specific impacts to and throughout our broader Thurston County Community.

This is a difficult period for our community, and we want you to know, you’re not alone. Local partners are coming together in an effort to figure out how we can reduce impacts today and position ourselves for a quick and effective recovery in the months ahead.

We will endeavor to provide local businesses and impacted workers relevant information through this resource site and other means as events unfold. We’re working fast to bring you information as we learn about it, so please forgive any errors or omissions and be sure to share with us any resources or solutions you think could help others.

Together, we will make it through this.

* The Task Force is represented by a growing number of partners, including the City of Lacey, City of Olympia, City of Tumwater, City of Yelm, Experience Olympia & Beyond, Olympia Downtown Alliance, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, Port of Olympia, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County, Thurston Economic Development Council and local Tribal Nations.


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Upcoming Virtual Town Halls on Racial Justice

The City of Olympia has scheduled three additional virtual town halls to explore various aspects of racial justice. The July 30 event will focus on economic opportunity. To learn more or register to participate, follow the links below each event.

Racial Justice and Economic Opportunity
Thursday, July 30, 4 p.m. /

Racial Justice and the Healthcare System
Thursday, August 6, 4 p.m. /

Racial Justice and the Education System
Thursday, August 13, 4 p.m. /

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Thurston Strong Micro-Business Standup Grants Now Available

Thurston Strong partners are pleased to announce the availability of microgrant funding for Thurston County small businesses. The Thurston Strong Micro-Business Standup Grant is offered as a helping hand to small businesses attempting to reopen or remain open under Governor Inslee’s Safe Start program. There is simply not enough funding available to save or restore every business impacted by COVID-19. But we hope these small cash infusions will help small businesses gain traction as they take on the task of starting over or finding ways to operate in a new environment.

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Thurston Strong Childcare Provider Grants Now Available

The Thurston Childcare Grant Program offers acute funding support to childcare providers attempting to reopen or remain open under Governor Inslee’s Safe Start program. While there is insufficient funding to mitigate the full economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hopeful that small grants may provide at least some measure of support as providers open and learn to operate under considerably different circumstances and requirements.

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Port Teams Up with Non-Profit to Help Deliver Resources

The Port of Olympia and local longshore workers are donating space, time and equipment to help the non-profit organization, Moore Wright Group, deliver much need hygiene supplies, toys and other in-demand goods to people in Thurston County and broader region. Ports play an important role in regional response and recovery efforts – and this is one particularly helpful way they do it. Thanks Port!

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Intercity Transit Offering Activities for Youth

Intercity Transit has put together a couple of fun activities to engage youth and. For April, they have a Bike Art Challenge and Social Media Bike Challenge. Create a bike-themed piece of art or share your biking adventures for a chance to win prizes. Check out their events page for more details.

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