Economic Development

Visit the CenterFuse website for more information about business development services in Ellensburg.

The mission of CenterFuse is to strategically recruit and support businesses; and to connect businesses to resources so they can start,  grow, and prosper.

Our vision: Ellensburg is vibrant and prosperous with a local economy that values its history and natural beauty.

  1. Start A New Business
  2. Expand or Relocate an Existing Business
  3. Why Ellensburg

Ellensburg offers many advantages to businesses who start or relocate here. On the way to everywhere, Ellensburg has excellent access to major transportation systems, ready-built public utility services, and a workforce of skilled and unskilled laborers who are job ready.  The small town feel and quality of life attract many people to Ellensburg.

CENTRAL LOCATION. Just under two hours from Seattle and less than three hours from Spokane, Ellensburg is strategically located in the center of Washington State.

BUSINESS FRIENDLY.  To start a business in Ellensburg, you will apply for an Ellensburg Business License.

WELL-EDUCATED WORKFORCE. Home of Central Washington University, 38% of Ellensburg's population earned a bachelor's degree or higher.  

LOW TAXATION. Ellensburg’s sales/use tax rate is lower than the double-digit rate in the Puget Sound area, and lower than the average rate of other Washington cities.

INCENTIVES. Ellensburg is home to two Opportunity Zones for businesses who are looking for a financial tool to reduce the impact of capital gains. Washington State Department of Revenue offers many tax incentives for businesses.

The scope and complexity of each business determines the regulatory process to get a business up and running. As a general guide, all businesses can benefit from learning about these ten things you should know before starting a business. The Small Business Administration’s website contains a wealth of helpful information for business start-ups and management.