Jace Munson and the Thurston Economic Development Council: Building Together
SSome of the strongest partnerships bring together diverse individuals who share the same overarching goals. By working together, these unions maximize the experience and specialized skills of each party for the greater long-term good. This is true when you consider all of the unique members that make up the current board of directors of the Thurston Economic Development Board. These civic leaders have very different backgrounds but work hard to develop the many businesses in our region. For Jace Munson of FORMA Construction, this means starting from scratch every day.
Munson is vice president of risk management at FORMA. The company has an incredible portfolio of work, including schools in Centralia, Seattle, Enumclaw, Grays Harbor, and the beloved Cebula Hall in Saint Martin. They’ve also worked on fire stations, SeaTac airport expansions, and even habitats at the Woodland Park Zoo. Few builders can count tigers, sloth bears, otters and penguins among their satisfied customers.
In 2004, Munson was recommended to the EDC board by former CEO Dennis Matson. It was the same year that Michael Cade took his seat as current executive director. Munson understands that EDC has what businesses need. âPrivate sector companies have needs that align with EDC’s mission,â says Munson. âEDC recruits and retains new and existing businesses in Thurston County. This helps to create a strong and sustainable economic environment, which provides opportunities for the private sector, as well as a stable tax base which enables local governments and public sector organizations to provide the necessary services.
Working with EDC, particularly through its many events, courses and training workshops, âalso helps develop a skilled workforce, which helps us and the business community at large to find the people who make us successful, âsays Munson. âIn addition, the integration of public and private sector goals and objectives is improved at both the board and staff level of EDC.
But every good builder is always looking to the future. As with his work on our county’s economic outlook, Munson hopes regional leadership “will continue to be progressive in its approach to developing new and existing opportunities for economic development and managed growth, while continuing to maintain the culture. and the underlying fabric that makes Thurston County a unique and special place to live and work âevery step of the way.
When not at work, Munson volunteers with youth development organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and local branches of the YMCA of South Sound. He believes in giving his time and effort to groups like these because âit is an opportunity to support and give back to the local community and an opportunity for personal growth by listening and understanding the perspectives and perspectives. needs of others that I wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. of.”
To learn more about offers such as the 13th Annual Thurston EDC Real Estate Forum on October 7, 2021 or resources for small businesses affected by the coronavirus, call the Business Hotline at 888.821.6652 or the EDC office at 360.754.6320. You can also contact EDC online and someone will direct your question to the appropriate department.
If your organization is looking to build, expand or establish additional showcases, contact FORMA Construction via [email protected] or 360.754.5788. Note that they recently closed their Tumwater offices for 35 years and moved to downtown Olympia Port Plaza. They are now nestled between Percival Landing Park and the Farmer’s Market at 500 Columbia Street NW, Suite 201.
You can follow FORMA Construction on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and find the latest EDC events and updates on Facebook and Twitter. FORMA also offers outsourcing opportunities for disadvantaged small businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans. They always seek to establish partnerships that can be framed and develop in the future.
You’ve probably heard that where we come from isn’t as important as where we go. But both make us who we are and impact who we choose to become, as individuals and as a region. The journey of a small business shares many exciting events with the lives of its founders, employees, customers and neighbors. Thanks to builders like FORMA Construction and the civic councils of the Thurston Economic Development Council, our county is becoming a strong, vibrant and resilient region. It just takes time, dedication and the tireless know-how of people willing to do their part.