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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Miso Celebrates 500 Donated Meals to First Responders

On April 5, Miso celebrated having delivered over 500 meals to local first responders, medical workers, and grocery workers through their Help the Heroes Campaign! Hundreds of donations have poured in from around the country to support their effort. With 900 more meals planned, Miso plans to continue the program as long as needed.

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Three Magnets Donates Meals to People in Need

On Friday, April 3, Three Magnets Brewing Co. Pubhouse and Catering prepped and delivered 100 boxed meals for the Interfaith Works Homeless Services Program. Donated meals can be added to any online order. Three Magnets is helping to keep our most vulnerable community members fed and keeping jobs within our community at the same time.

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