Economic Development



Thurston County Economic Vitality Index

Launched in 2008, the Thurston County Vitality Index provides time-series comparisons of economic activity in retail sales, housing, employment and many other categories. The Thurston Economic Development Council uses the index to relate economic conditions to an array of business and community interests in a user-friendly format. JRO has also partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists to complete a Target Industry Cluster Analysis and Strategy Alignment Plan to help build key industry sectors in Thurston County and the surrounding 5-County Pacific Mountain region.





Pacific Mountain Target Industry Cluster Study

JRO served as co-author of a 5-county target industry analysis and provided recommendations for using industry data to shape workforce and economic development strategies.  The analysis provides insights into industry labor needs, growing and declining occupations, career pathways, wages and many other indicators. JRO continues to provide research and custom analysis for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and regional Economic Development Councils.




South Puget Sound Community College Center for Business and Innovation

SPSCC recently retained J Robertson and Company to work with staff from the College and Thurston Economic Development Council to develop and deliver a cutting-edge program for the College’s new Lacey, Washington campus.  The resulting Center for Business and Innovation (CBI) offers a one-stop destination for a wide range of business and learning needs, and increasingly, provides a venue for leveraging both.  Employers have ready access to student interns and college research.  The College, in turn, benefits from strong enrollment as students see more immediate employment opportunities by classes being co-located with the business development center.  Other features of the CBI include a new entrepreneurial certificate, advanced manufacturing lab, community meeting space and a new veteran’s center to support the thousand of separating service members assigned to nearby Fort Lewis.





Discovery Clean Water Alliance Regional Utility Formation

As a sub-consultant to Brown and Caldwell, Jason Robertson served as “facilitator” for the development of a new regional utility.  In addition to facilitating multi-jurisdictional discussions, Jason provided shuttle-diplomacy during negotiations, designed a customer preferences and priorities telephone survey, developed an economic development case-study to secure support, developed fact sheets and customer outreach strategies and produced talking points and scripts for elected official presentations.  The Discovery Clean Water Alliance is now up and running and a new force main connecting industrial lands in Ridgefield to the Vancouver-based wastewater treatment plant is now under construction.


Pacific Mountain Target Industry Cluster Study

South Puget Sound Community College

Center for Business and Innovation




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