Welcome to Mason County
Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region of Washington State, Mason County is home to a wide range of industries, from high tech and aviation to manufacturing and e-commerce. Companies are attracted to the area by the low cost and ready availability of buildable land, the superior quality of life, comprehensive tax advantages and “can do” workforce that is ready to make your company the next Washington success story.
Area businesses are supported by a team of experienced professionals at the Economic Development Council of Mason County who serve as consultants and facilitators, ensuring that your business’ needs are met, from permitting and infrastructure to workforce and incentives.
SPARKING SOLUTIONS: countywide strategic planning process
Paving a path in the business world takes perseverance, inspiration, knowledge, effective communication, and leadership abilities. In addition to all the talents that an individual needs, the community needs to be just as prepared. So starts our strategic planning process!
It started with the Getting to Yes workshop with the purpose of helping Mason County support and grow entrepreneurship and build a a viable economic ecosystem. Participants from all areas of Mason County energized this event as we asked what they want to accomplish with economic development. This built a common understanding of how local economies work, clarifying the roles of the various players in the local economy, and increasing collaboration between the various players. At the end of the workshop the participants utilized SWOT analysis to understand the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the local economy, the results of which will appear later in this paper. The outcomes from this event encouraged the EDC’s board and staff to build off of the momentum and develop a strategic plan for countywide economic development. This plan reflects the voices and perspectives of our community; it also responds to our observations of needs and opportunities across Mason County and trends in economic development across the nation. This plan will provide a basis on which organizations make decisions about how to improve and navigate a path to a better future.
And we are not finished yet, work continues on the seven identified industries: tourism, value-added agriculture, advanced manufacturing, career and technical education, information and communications technology, forest products, and healthcare. Keep checking back for more updates. Click Sparking Solutions – draft to see the first step.
SALES & USE TAX DEFERRAL/WAIVER FOR MANUFACTURING FACILITIES:
Effective July 1, 2014, new and expanding manufacturing businesses in Mason County could be eligible to receive a sales and use tax deferral on certain construction and equipment purchases.
Call the EDC or visit the Department of Revenue’s Incentives Page for more information.
OCTOBER 14, 2015 – Job Fair | 10am – 2pm
Come to this amazing five county regional event! Job seekers and employers in Mason and surrounding counties are welcome to attend. The main event will have close to 60 employers and will include an entrepreneurial center and a job seeker support center.
Where: Mason Transit Community Center
Job seekers: click here to see flyer.
Employers: click here to register for a booth.
OCTOBER 16, 2015 – EDC Monthly Luncheon | 11:45am – 1pm
Where: Mason County PUD No.3’s Auditorium | Shelton, WA
Topic: Public Power Week
Sponsors: Mason County PUD No. 1 and PUD No. 3