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SEWEDA seeks to create a more prosperous, successful, diversified and sustainable region within Southeast Washington by providing leadership and resources for the success of future businesses.

We provide the following:

  • Local Business Support (Retention & Expansion Services)
  • Business Attraction & Site Location Assistance
  • Financial & Incentive Guidance
  • Entrepreneurial Support
  • Business/Workforce Training & Education
  • Community Development Assistance

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association is to promote economic vitality by creating and retaining jobs through business, tourism, and community development while preserving the culture and environment of the region.

Vision Statement

Drawing on the rich heritage and natural resources of the region, the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association is committed to enhancing economic vitality and an unparalleled quality of life through partnerships with business, civic interests, and government for the benefit of the residents of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, and Whitman Counties.

Who We Are

The Southeast Washington Economic Development Association (SEWEDA) was established as a 501(c) 3 in 1985. The organization covers the four southeastern Washington counties of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Whitman. A Board of Directors, made up of representatives of each of the four counties, sets policy and the overall direction of SEWEDA. Staff reside and operate within each of the four counties.

Board of Directors

Our Staff

Dawn Smith

Executive Director and Asotin County 

dawn@seweda.org
509-751-9144

Jack Peasley

Managing Director, Garfield County

garfield@seweda.org
509-566-7079

Sarah McKnight

Managing Director, Whitman County