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The Cowlitz Economic Development Council is a non-profit, professional association dedicated to facilitating economic and employment opportunities in Cowlitz County.

Our membership shares the common goal of encouraging a stable, healthy, and diversified economy and employment base.

The CEDC promotes job creation and investment, while maintaining the county’s exceptional environment and high quality of life.

Since its establishment in 1979, the CEDC has helped bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars’ worth of capital investment to the county.

The primary role of the CEDC is assisting businesses to relocate and expand in Cowlitz County through:

  • Workforce Retention Programs
  • Incentives
  • Networking
  • Sales Leads
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Navigating Legal & Political Channels
  • Process Facilitation
  • Site Selection & Acquisition
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Business Financing
  • Policy Development
  • Education & Training Workshops
  • Small Business Assistance
  • Covid-19 Grant Administration
  • Lower Columbia Investment Network
  • Rural Revitalization
  • Downtown Development
  • Non-profit Assistance
  • Tourism

The CEDC actively supports quality of place, knowing employers and their workforce not only do business in Cowlitz County, but also live here: raising families, going to school, seeking out cultural and recreational activities, and getting involved in their communities.

Live, Work, Play

The CEDC creates opportunities to foster success and economic growth in Cowlitz County. With thriving communities, a strong business environment, and diverse recreational opportunities, Cowlitz County has everything and more.
The CEDC promotes economic development and quality of life in our community by creating, retaining, and expanding high-quality jobs, facilitating growth, and helping provide a stable tax base and thriving economy.

Do Business

Cowlitz County has a strong business environment, centrally located within Washington, with access to a range of transportation alternatives, giving your business an affordable advantage.


As the main source of industrial property in Cowlitz County, our three ports have both the infrastructure and expertise needed for successful development.  

Cowlitz Co

Cowlitz County and its encompassing communities provide exemplary quality of life for individuals and families of all ages.


Cowlitz County has something for everyone – biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, sports, festivals, arts, theater and so much more!