Director of Aerospace: John Thornquist


Development Manager: Isabelle De Wulf

Office: (206)-256-6116
Mobile: (206)-291-3919

Welcome to Choose Washington!

The Department of Commerce makes it easy to do business in Washington, creating jobs and economic prosperity statewide. We provide businesses and investors with adaptive and customized programs and services that meet you specific needs so you can increase sales, enter new markets, find new partners, make substantial investments in the state, expand strategically, find new funding sources and hire and train more workers. Most of these services are free to businesses and investors.

If you are interested in expanding your markets abroad, growing your business in the state, moving your business or some of its operations to Washington or successfully competing in the marketplace, contact one of our business experts today!

To learn more about the Washington State Department of Commerce's community and business building initiatives, visit the Commerce website.

Why Washington?

Highly Skilled Workforce

Talented, educated, driven.

This isn’t surprising, given that Washington is home to a national laboratory and two major universities, the University of Washington and Washington State University. There is also a host of public and private four-year institutions, 34 community and technical colleges and an integrated workforce training program that is targeted to filling the needs of key industry sectors, including aerospace, advanced manufacturing, clean technology, information and communication technology and life sciences.

The global leader in aerospace.

Over the last century Washington State has been at the forefront of the aerospace industry, designing and building some of the most advanced and successful commercial and military aircraft, unmanned aerial systems and space exploration vehicles in the world.

Success Stories

Nationally Known

With our legendary culture of innovation and highly competitive spirit, it's not hard to see why so many Washington companies are known throughout the the country. Business is alive and well here in the Pacific Northwest and the state is a leader in creating companies that are not only well known, but which have been fixtures of the economy for decades, if not generations.

Alaska Airlines

The seventh largest U.S. carrier, Alaska Airlines has carved out a successful niche in one of the most competitive industries on earth. They've done it through superior customer service, sensible expansion and an independent spirit that many Washington companies exhibit.

Eddie Bauer

A name synonymous with the great outdoors, the company that gave us the down parka has gone on to become a household name and highly valued brand, not only in outdoor gear and clothing, but home decor and other lifestyle categories.

Liberty Orchards

Media Center


Sure, we could beat our chests forever about what it's like to do business in Washington or be on the path to becoming another Business Legend. But as they say, a video is worth a thousand words of hyperbole. We'll let others tell you why doing business in Washington State is the bomb.

Washington State: Where Else?

Events for Choose WA!

Upcoming Events


With more than 36,000 attendees from 100 countries and 1,200 exhibitors over 58,000 sqm, JEC Europe 2016 is the number one Composites Show in the World. Find out more at Learn more about the JEC World Composites Show & Conference.

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit - Seattle

Washington State is proud to announce that the prestigious Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit (A&DSS) will be returning to Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center April 14-15, 2016.

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The world’s largest and most comprehensive industrial technology event – covers all the core themes of the industrial value-adding chain at a single location – from individual components to the complete smart factory. Learn more about Hannover Messe.