Jim Szymanski of The Olympian penned this story March 19:
“The Olympia area has moved up to eighth place nationally on Forbes magazines best places to do business list. South Sound was ranked 10th on last years list.
The magazine ranks cities based on factors including job and population growth, crime rates, the cost of living and doing business, educational attainment and cultural and leisure opportunities…
Boy, that speaks well for us, said Mike Edwards, a board member of the Economic Development Council of Thurston County [EDC]. Its certainly an attractant to our area, especially in relation to Seattle and Tacoma.
Edwards noted the recent arrivals of a Cabelas outdoor gear store in Lacey and this weeks opening of Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound as new job creators. Those developments will boost the countys growing tourism business, he said.
Both developments will serve as magnets for further development, Edwards said.”
“BEST PLACES FOR BUSINESS AND CAREERS”