Promoting Washington

The Department of Commerce promotes the state domestically and internationally in order to create new economic opportunities for communities statewide, including attracting new businesses and investment to Washington through its Choose Washington strategy.

A lighthouse and Olympic Mountains behind the Choose Washington logo

Created to provide businesses and investors with information about doing business in and with Washington State, Choose Washington offers a wealth of information, including stories about the state’s legendary businesses, maps, site selection data and the competitive advantages the state offers investors, site selectors and businesses.

A building under construction with a large crane in the front of it

Washington State offers savvy investors a range of foreign direct investment opportunities. Our team of investment specialists can help you wind your way through the investment process, from financing and site selection to business mergers and acquisitions.

Containers being loaded cargo ships at the Port of Seattle

Washington State is the #3 exporter in the U.S. The Department of Commerce’s export assistance team works with businesses throughout the state to open new markets overseas and increase sales and shipments of products and services to customers around the world.

Governor Inslee poses with Chinese officials during a trade mission to China

In many parts of the world, business must be conducted in person to secure key agreements and forge lasting relationships. The Department of Commerce coordinates Governor-led missions as well as other important business trips overseas.

Business tradeshow booths

Participating in highly targeted, high profile trade shows aligned with our key sectors allows us to showcase Washington’s many competitive advantages.

PNW beach at sunset

Tourism is the fourth largest industry in Washington State, employing more than 182,700 workers and generating $21.4 billion in annual spending.