Fostering economic growth in the community

EDA Center at WSU

Message from the Director

Washington State is a rich and diverse state. Historically, our economy has been based upon natural resources, with agriculture, forestry, and mining playing significant roles. In the last twenty years the economy has been characterized by a decline in the importance of these industries and a growth in the part played by manufacturing and technology.

The changes in our economy have led to significant economic development challenges in those communities, which relied upon the natural resources industries. Small communities throughout the state have experienced decline in employment opportunities, loss of population, and consequent reduction in local trade and tax revenue.

In the twenty first century, we face the challenge of diversifying and revitalizing our rural and small communities. To do this will require cooperative efforts, information, and technical assistance to identify opportunities and convert them to new jobs and investment.

The WSU EDA University Center, as a program of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, is dedicated to assisting communities and economic development professionals in achieving this transformation.

Please contact us if we can be of assistance to you or your organization.

Joe Harris
WSU EDA University Center

WSU College of Business. PO Box 644750, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-4750, 888-585-5433.