Olympia Strong: A Roadmap to Economic Opportunities

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What’s Happening?

The City of Olympia is engaging the public in a plan for economic opportunities. This process will identify a long-term strategic framework and specific actions the City can take to help residents, businesses and the broader community weather challenging times and thrive. We are also focused on the City organization itself, to ensure revenues are available over the long-term to fund community goals.

Background

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olympia joined forces with economic development partners from around the region in an effort known as Thurston Strong. The partners took immediate action to respond to the emergency, setting up a hotline for local businesses and impacted workers, distributing $9 million in grants, shoring up child care options and ensuring access to personal protective gear.

The partners then developed a 24-month plan of action aiming to accelerate the region’s Economic Recovery and Reset. This plan outlines immediate actions for stabilizing the economy, supporting workforce development and expanding pathways to more people. With implementation underway, it is time for Olympia to focus on long-term resiliency for our city and community.

Why a focus on resiliency?

Resiliency refers to the capacity of people and organizations to adapt and recover quickly from difficulties, and to thrive in the face of long-term challenges. Cities can help strengthen community resiliency by responding effectively in a time of crisis or disruption, and also by planning for and implementing strategies that bolster the long-term economic durability of a region.

We recognize Olympia has many strengths. Among them, an overall stable economy, top-rated schools and people and organizations who genuinely care and work together to make a positive difference. We also face challenges which disrupt our economic system such as workforce and supply shortages, a housing crisis and climate change.

Disruption inevitability leads to change. Coming out of the pandemic, we have an opportunity to shape what kind of change that is over the long-term. Olympia Strong invites our community to imagine our economic system in new ways. To help us understand what resiliency means to Olympians and where the City and partners can best make a difference. In this process, we will explore how we might leverage our strengths differently and create new opportunities to:

  • Build on the resiliency work of Thurston Strong,
  • Expand on economic strengths and opportunities that Olympians value,
  • Sustain economic growth and help people overcome hardships,
  • Elevate more people of all backgrounds and abilities into financial stability, and
  • Attract investment and generate new revenue to fund community goals and needs.

Get involved

Share your ideas!

Use the "Ideas" tab below to tell us your ideas for building a more stable and inclusive local economy. You can also click the heart button on other users ideas to show your support.

Schedule a presentation
Invite staff to host a discussion with your community group. Between October 2022 – March 2023 City staff are available to present to community groups. We’ll share some data about our economic ecosystem, what we are hearing from the public and discuss ideas for action. To schedule a presentation, please contact Amy Buckler at abuckler@ci.olympia.wa.us.

What’s Happening?

The City of Olympia is engaging the public in a plan for economic opportunities. This process will identify a long-term strategic framework and specific actions the City can take to help residents, businesses and the broader community weather challenging times and thrive. We are also focused on the City organization itself, to ensure revenues are available over the long-term to fund community goals.

Background

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Olympia joined forces with economic development partners from around the region in an effort known as Thurston Strong. The partners took immediate action to respond to the emergency, setting up a hotline for local businesses and impacted workers, distributing $9 million in grants, shoring up child care options and ensuring access to personal protective gear.

The partners then developed a 24-month plan of action aiming to accelerate the region’s Economic Recovery and Reset. This plan outlines immediate actions for stabilizing the economy, supporting workforce development and expanding pathways to more people. With implementation underway, it is time for Olympia to focus on long-term resiliency for our city and community.

Why a focus on resiliency?

Resiliency refers to the capacity of people and organizations to adapt and recover quickly from difficulties, and to thrive in the face of long-term challenges. Cities can help strengthen community resiliency by responding effectively in a time of crisis or disruption, and also by planning for and implementing strategies that bolster the long-term economic durability of a region.

We recognize Olympia has many strengths. Among them, an overall stable economy, top-rated schools and people and organizations who genuinely care and work together to make a positive difference. We also face challenges which disrupt our economic system such as workforce and supply shortages, a housing crisis and climate change.

Disruption inevitability leads to change. Coming out of the pandemic, we have an opportunity to shape what kind of change that is over the long-term. Olympia Strong invites our community to imagine our economic system in new ways. To help us understand what resiliency means to Olympians and where the City and partners can best make a difference. In this process, we will explore how we might leverage our strengths differently and create new opportunities to:

  • Build on the resiliency work of Thurston Strong,
  • Expand on economic strengths and opportunities that Olympians value,
  • Sustain economic growth and help people overcome hardships,
  • Elevate more people of all backgrounds and abilities into financial stability, and
  • Attract investment and generate new revenue to fund community goals and needs.

Get involved

Share your ideas!

Use the "Ideas" tab below to tell us your ideas for building a more stable and inclusive local economy. You can also click the heart button on other users ideas to show your support.

Schedule a presentation
Invite staff to host a discussion with your community group. Between October 2022 – March 2023 City staff are available to present to community groups. We’ll share some data about our economic ecosystem, what we are hearing from the public and discuss ideas for action. To schedule a presentation, please contact Amy Buckler at abuckler@ci.olympia.wa.us.

Page last updated: 01 Dec 2022, 02:26 PM