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As the No. 1 state in the nation, Washington’s economic strengths continue to earn top honors and attract new investments.

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The Anatomy of a No 1 Ranking
Here’s how Washington delivers the ‘Best State’ in the nation.
Leader of the Pack
Washington’s Governor shares insight into factors that created the state’s leading status.
A Promising View
Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce shares perspective on the state’s economic vitality.
Evergreen Opportunities
Washington’s universities offer diverse programs and strengths.
Step by Step, Ferociously
Commercial space exploration took its first big step in 2021.
Road to Recovery
Far from just a public health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic has also been a unique economic crisis.
Tri-Cities Where Legacy and Innovation Meet
With four communities in one, the Tri-Cities area is one of Washington’s economic powerhouses, and it’s only growing stronger by the minute.
Talent, Business Climate Drive Headquarters Expansions
Amazon, Starbucks, Costco and Microsoft are household names in the Seattle metro’s corporate headquarters community.
Live Your Best Life Working in Life Science
It’s a simple proposition, says group heading up state’s talent attraction effort.
Diverse Population Drives Dynamic Economy
Washington’s diversity runs as deep and wide through its history and economy as the Columbia River runs across its landscape.
Pioneers From The Beginning
The 2020 National Solar Jobs Census from the Solar Energy Industries Association ranks Washington No. 20 in solar power industry jobs with 3,565, with a five-year solar jobs growth of more than 1,300 jobs that places the state No. 13 in the nation.
Best State for Workers
Here’s How Washington Does It
The Playbook for Recovery
Washington focuses on small businesses as they navigate the entrepreneurial playing field.
Washington’s Innovation-Economy Edge Widens
The state leads the nation in percentage growth of new tech positions, with employment in the sector having grown by nearly 34% in the past decade.
Come Together
Collaboration anchors new models for innovation.
More to Explore
Washington’s outdoor recreation industry is boundless.
Evergreen Views
Washington’s eight geographic regions offer diverse strengths and scenic beauty.
From Alpacas to Zucchini, It’s Grown in Washington
Darigold, a Seattle-based farmer-owned cooperative, announced plans in June to build a new premium protein and butter operation at the Port of Pasco that will feature technologies and strategies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25%
Standing Tall
A longtime partnership with the military opens new economic opportunities.
Focused on Excellence
Washington’s community and technical college system meets the needs of industry with Centers of Excellence.
Broadband Is Just One Aspect of Washington’s Forward-Thinking Infrastructure Vision
On April 5, 2021, President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., tweeted three words that Washington state took to heart long ago:
 

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