We compete every day to retain and recruit primary businesses.

Since 1978, the private, 501(c)(6) nonprofit Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County (EDB) has worked with job- and wealth-creating companies to grow the economy of the South Sound and Washington State, USA.

Why we do what we do

The EDB is in the job and wealth creation business. The more high-wage jobs and wealth-creating companies in Tacoma-Pierce County, the better the quality of life and the greater the job and career opportunities for our citizens.

The last five years: 2012–2016

Because most deals take well over a year to conclude, the EDB measures its results in five-year increments. The EDB’s $120:1 return on its investors’ dollars from 2012–2016 is indicative of the strength of its recruitment and retention programs.