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Ted Sprague

Ted has worked in the field of economic development since 1995. Since the year 2000, Ted has served as President of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council.  During his tenure, the CEDC has helped to recruit over 2800 jobs and over one billion dollars in capital investment in Cowlitz County. Ted graduated from Washington State University. He is married and has three grown children

Ted Sprague


Lindsey Cope

Lindsey was recruited to the CEDC in 2017. During her time at the CEDC, she has been instrumental in the continued expansion of regional tourism efforts, quality of place initiatives, non-profit assistance, and the development of our rural areas, smaller businesses, and downtowns. Through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Lindsey was instrumental in the distribution of over $6 Million in private and public aid to our local businesses. 

Lindsey Cope

Vice President

Mike has been a Board member for over 20 years, an Executive Board member for over 10 years and twice served as Board Chair.  As a volunteer he represents CEDC on the 432/433 Intersection Project and provides other support and representation as needed.  Mike has extensive experience in economic development, including his 37 years with Weyerhaeuser, 6 years as a Cowlitz County Commissioner, presently as a member of the Kelso City Council.  He has a BS and MS from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Portland.

Mike Karnofski

Executive Board

Joelle Wilson

Joelle has been associated with the CEDC for several years, helping wherever she is needed, mostly with social media, website content, photography and promoting the many aspects of Cowlitz County which makes it a great place to both live and do business. She loves spending time outside, enjoying our beautiful area.

Joelle Wilson

Special Projects

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!  

Cowlitz Economic Development Council

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



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