Welcome to Mason County

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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

Plan - dec 29Paving 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.


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COMMUNITY EVENTS

JULY 23 & 27, 2015 

Lemonade Day

Hood Canal School’s Orca Pride Lemonade Booth

IGA Grocery Store, Hoodsport WA

10 am to 12 pm

We are excited to announce that the EDC and Shelton Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring Lemonade Day to our community and is being piloted at Hood Canal School District’s summer school program. Beginning on July 6th, ten children in the 5th – 8th grades signed up this program that will teaches them the skills need to succeed in business through a multi-step lesson plan. Each day, local business representatives and entrepreneurs mentor the students and help them plan for Lemonade Day on topics ranging from setting goals, creating a budget, finding an investor, choosing a site location, creating an advertising plan, building a stand, accounting, banking and giving back to the community. Limited space is still available if you would like to participate, please contact us for more information.

Please mark JULY 23rd & 27th on your calendars, anytime between 10am to 12pm, to swing by the kid’s stand to support and grow our entrepreneurs! The kids have named their booth Orca Pride Lemonade and will be outside the IGA in Hoodsport, WA (Hoodsport – 24151 Highway 101 North). They will be donating to two charities: the Humane Society of Mason County and Breast Cancer Awareness. Come and support their efforts!


AUGUST 20, 2015 – Shelton Chamber & EDC Dinner | Mason Lake, WA

Welcome to the Lake! Green Diamond Resource Company will be hosting the Economic Development Council and Shelton-Mason County Chamber members for a beautiful evening on the shores of Mason Lake Recreation Area.

From forest to shellfish, hear the latest on these important sectors of our local economy and what issues face these industries. Feeling a bit adventurous? Come a little early to join us for the 5:15 PM walking tour with Patti Case through the unique plant community that exists along Schumacher Creek and hear some fascinating facts about the area’s natural history. Make sure to wear or bring comfortable shoes for walking on dirt and bark paths as this tour leads you off the beaten path.

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