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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
Fax: (360) 407-3980
General Contact: [email protected]

PTAC Advisors at the Thurston EDC

About Kate Hoy – Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

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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 on-line 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 short cuts!  It is a long term commitment that begins with research and creating a business plan that includes Government Contracting.

About Dale Colbert – Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

Email: [email protected]

Dale has a broad background in working with small business, purchasing and contracting. Early in his career, he was a corporate buyer in the retail industry, serving over 200 stores in 11 western states. He purchased both domestic and imported goods in purchasing posts he held with a number of firms. He worked as an embedded consultant in several small businesses and has an outstanding record of profitability.

More recently Dale was a manager of centralized purchasing for the State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services. Now retired from state service, Dale joined the Thurston EDC team in May 2015. Today Dale is enjoying this new post where works with local businesses and local resource partners. Dale has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington in Ecology and Economics. He holds lifetime CPPB and CPPO public purchasing certifications.

Client Testimonials About PTAC at the Thurston EDC:

“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 in 2014. 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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