Economic Development

Program Contact: Laura Lewis, County Director
(360) 379-5610 x 202 • laura.lewis@wsu.edu


WSU Jefferson County Extension focuses on innovative strategic priorities.

Relying on national research from the Kauffman Foundation and Center for Rural Economic Development, WSU Jefferson County Extension is focused on strategies that maximize the assets and strengths of our community, its location, its people, and a local economy high in cultural-creatives: artists, artisans, skilled trades people, innovators, and advanced technologists.

  • WSU works to grow the local economy by: Energizing Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting and retaining 18-35 year-old emerging entrepreneurs
  • Expanding access to capital through local community reinvestment
  • Setting a new tone of community leadership, collaboration, and public-private partnership