Jace Munson and the Thurston Economic Development Council: Building Together


SSome of the strongest partnerships bring together diverse individuals who share the same overarching goals. By working together, these unions maximize the experience and specialized skills of each party for the greater long-term good. This is true when looking at all the unique members that make up the Thurston Economic Development Council running Board of directors. These civic leaders have very different backgrounds but work hard to develop the many businesses in our region. For Jace Munson from FORMA Construction, it means starting from scratch every day.

Jace Munson is a member of the board of directors of Thurston EDC and vice president of risk management at FORMA Construction. Photo courtesy of Jace Munson

Munson is vice president of risk management at FORMA. The company has an incredible wallet working, including schools in Centralia, Seattle, Enumclaw, Grays Harbor and Saint Martin’s beloved Cebula room. They also worked on fire stations, SeaTac airport extensions and even habitats at the Woodland Park Zoo. Few builders can count tigers, sloth bears, otters and penguins among their satisfied customers.

In 2004, Munson was recommended to the EDC board by former CEO Dennis Matson. It was the same year Michel Cade took its seat as current executive director. Munson understands that EDC has what businesses need. “Private sector companies have needs that align with EDC’s mission,” says Munson. “EDC recruits and retains new and existing businesses in Thurston County. This helps to create a strong and sustainable economic environment, which provides opportunities for the private sector, as well as a stable tax base which enables local governments and public sector organizations to provide the necessary services.

Working with EDC, particularly through its many events, courses and training workshops, “also helps develop a skilled workforce, which helps us and the business community as a whole. finding the people who make us successful, ”says Munson. “In addition, the integration of public and private sector goals and objectives is improved at both the board and staff level of EDC.

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FORMA Construction builds some of the most remarkable properties in our area, including school buildings in Western Washington. Photo courtesy of Jace Munson

But every good builder is always looking to the future. As with his work on our county’s economic outlook, Munson hopes regional leadership “will continue to be progressive in its approach to developing new and existing opportunities for economic development and managed growth, while continuing to maintain the culture. and the underlying fabric that makes Thurston County a unique and special place to live and work ”every step of the way.

When not at work, Munson spends time volunteering with youth development organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and local branches of the YMCA of the South Strait. He believes in giving his time and effort to groups like these because “it is an opportunity to support and give back to the local community and an opportunity for personal growth by listening and understanding the perspectives and perspectives. needs of others that I wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. of.”

Find out more about deals like the next one 13th Annual Thurston EDC Real Estate Forum October 7, 2021 or Resources for Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus, call the business helpline at 888.821.6652 or the EDC office at 360.754.6320. You can also contact EDC online and someone will direct your question to the appropriate department.

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Munson believes in giving back, whether through his time with EDC or volunteering with organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County and the YMCA of South Sound. Photo courtesy of Jace Munson

If your organization is looking to build, expand or establish additional showcases, contact FORMA Construction via [email protected] or 360.754.5788. Note that they recently closed their 35-year-old Tumwater office and have moved to downtown Olympia’s Port Plaza. They are now nestled between Percival Landing Park and the Farmer’s Market at 500 Columbia Street NW, Suite 201.

You can follow FORMA Construction on Facebook, Twitter Where Instagram and find out about the latest EDC events and updates at Facebook and Twitter. FORMA also has outsourcing opportunities for small, disadvantaged businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans. They always seek to establish partnerships that can be framed and develop in the future.

You’ve probably heard that where we come from isn’t as important as where we go. But both make us who we are and impact who we choose to become, as individuals and as a region. The journey of a small business shares many exciting events with the lives of its founders, employees, customers and neighbors. Thanks to builders like FORMA Construction and the civic councils of the Thurston Economic Development Council, our county is becoming a strong, vibrant and resilient region. It just takes time, dedication and the tireless know-how of people willing to do their part.

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