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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Thurston Strong Micro-Business and Childcare Provider Grants Close Aug. 14

Thurston Strong will continue to accept applications for micro-business and childcare provider grants through August 14. At that time, we will evaluate capacity to extend or pause the program until additional funding can be secured. To review eligibility and apply, please visit and click on the applicable link on the landing page. If you have already applied, there is no need to resubmit. All received applications are being reviewed and processed now.

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Thurston Strong Resources Reaching Businesses

Over the past several weeks, Thurston Strong has offered a variety of resources to help business and institutional partners as they work through the challenges of remaining open or reopening to the public.  To date:

  • We have served 800 entities seeking protective masks and hand sanitizer
  • Are reviewing nearly 400 (and counting) applications for microbusiness grants
  • Are reviewing over 120 (and counting) applications for childcare provider grants
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Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund Opportunity

In March 2020 the Arts Administrators of Color Network set up an Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund, which supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants. As of June 2020, over 11,000 arts leaders have express financial need through the emergency fund application. To apply or donate, please visit

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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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