Why is this area of government important?
Business, not government, is the engine that drives job creation and grows the economy.
For that reason, Washington state’s economic development plan focuses on improving our state’s business climate and supporting business success. Citizens across the state have told us that job growth, good wages, and business survival were the most important attributes of a strong economy.
What is state government’s role?
Although the state’s role in the economy is limited, the state supports economic activity by streamlining processes and requirements for businesses, providing a wide range of business assistance programs, and helping to finance local infrastructure construction projects.
Almost all other government programs, from education to transportation to health care to social services, have direct and indirect economic benefits.