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Region 2 – Thurston Economic Development Council

Region 2 is hosted by the Thurston County Economic Development Council and serves Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Wahkiakim, Chelan and Kittatas counties.

About the Thurston EDC

The Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC) is a private non-profit organization, governed by a 24 member Board of Directors.  As the lead economic development organization in Thurston County our mission is to create a vital and sustainable economy throughout the county and region that supports the livelihood and values of our residents. We do this by:

  • Connecting local businesses with experts and resources that help them remain competitive
  • Creating and delivering strategic messages that attract new investment to our community
  • Working with our community partners to enhance our collective prosperity and encourage our economic future
  • Participating regionally to ensure that Thurston County plays an appropriate role on the regional economic stage.

4220 6th Ave
Lacey, WA 98503

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This center is also the main center for Washington PTAC Statewide

Phone: (360) 464-6042
General Contact: [email protected]

PTAC Advisors at the Thurston EDC

About Kate Hoy – Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

Connect with Kate on LinkedIn

Direct Line: 360-464-6042 | [email protected]

Kate has an extensive background working with small business owners and assisting them with preparing to enter the Government contracting world. She joined Washington PTAC in January 2017 and relocated from Arizona where she worked for Arizona PTAC. Kate owned her own consulting firm where she helped business owners locate and respond to government solicitations (including SOQ’s, RFPs/RFQ’s and RFI’s), She also helped business owners developed and maintained a bid match profile,  websites and marketing messages. She is an excellent presenter and looks forward to hosting in-person workshops and online training in Washington State.

Kate’s Tip for Success:  In the end, Government Contracting is competition-based. To best succeed, a small business will want to know the game, know the competition, and above all have an established, quality service or product to offer the government.  There are no shortcuts!  It is a long-term commitment that begins with research and creating a business plan that includes Government Contracting.

About Jennifer Mitchell – Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Mitchell joins Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a new counselor following her retirement after 25 years of civilian service with the federal government.

Jennifer most recently served as the Small Business Specialist at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) in the U.S. Army’s Mission and Installation Contracting Command. Earlier in her career, she served as an active duty JAG at March Air Force Base and later as a government contracting attorney in private practice in Los Angeles where she represented clients ranging from small businesses to large defense contractors. Jennifer joined the civilian acquisition workforce as a member of the National Buying Team in support of national emergencies with the U.S. Forest Service and as a Small Business Specialist and Procurement Analyst with the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington D.C. and Northern California. 

About Marnie Tyson, CPP – Government Contracting Specialist

Connect with Marnie on LinkedIn

Direct Line: 206-659-6532 |  [email protected]

A strong small business advocate, Marnie has been working with small businesses since 2003, with previous experience with Native PTAC, Washington PTAC, the Northwest Women’s Business Center, the WSU Small Business Development Center, and as a part time faculty with Edmonds Community College teaching a business planning course.

Marnie has experience in online communications, streamlining sales and business processes, development of training and procedure manuals, not to forget her great marketing and research skills. She is adept at helping business owners find their focus and fit in private and public marketplaces.

Marnie holds a BA in Business Administration, is a Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) by the national Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)  and is a certified  Verification Counselor by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

Marnie’s Tip for Succes: Stay organized! Government contracting has an extremely high administrative burden. It is important to track all of your registrations, certifications, online profiles, opportunities, awards… the list goes on. Companies that don’t stay organized can present themselves as less sophisticated to chaotic. I have seen clients miss out on awards due to expired registration. Keep a list! Keep it current! 


“Every contact with PTAC employees has been a positive one. They get right in there and help me do things that would take me so much more time if I had to find it for myself.”

Pat Ryan, American Veteran Contracting Corp, Lacey, WA

“… PTAC helped me to land my first federal contract. They are always available to provide advice and support for our business marketing efforts for federal contracts.”

Arny Davis, Ditch Maintenance Services, Chehalis, WA

“I received valuable support and information from the PTAC at Thurston Economic Development Council when I started my business and sought (and won!) a government contract. This is a truly worthwhile program. Thank you for your services!”

Jennifer Y. Levy-Peck, Levy-Peck Consulting, LLC, Yelm, WA

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