Rural County Business & Occupation Tax Credit

A $2,000 or $4,000 credit against the B&O tax is available for each new employment position created by a qualifying manufacturer.

Rural County Business & Occupation Tax Credit for New Employees

Sales and Use Tax Exemption on Machinery & Equipment

For qualifying manufacturers, processors for hire, and manufacturers who perform research and development are not required to pay the sales or use tax on machinery and equipment used directly in the manufacturing or research and development process. Charges for labor and services for installing machinery and equipment are also not subject to the sales or use tax. Major distribution centers, over 200,000 sq. ft. also qualify for sales and use exemptions.

Manufacturers’ Sales/Use Tax Exemption

Education & Training Grants

Both Federal and State programs are available to help in recruitment and training of new workers.


Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Rating

BDO Zone Designation: Lewis County, WA

The Lewis County, WA BDO Zone for woody biomass is rated ‘AA.’ Quantities of wood fiber required for large-scale bio-projects are available at low risk due in part to the advanced quality and capacity of supply chain equipment and personnel.

.09 Rural Economic Development Fund

This fund is directed by the local people of Lewis County for qualifying public facilities improvements.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

This is the only document required for submission

Once the grant is approved, the attached documents will be required. Download reference files below.

  • Project budget sheet: Grantees will be asked to fill this out once annually.
  • Project Scope Distressed: Grantees to submit this as part of the grant agreement.
  • Project Status Report: Grantees will be required to submit this with each reimbursement request. 
  • Reimbursement worksheet: Grantees will be required to submit this with each reimbursement request.


An excellent state program to provide loan and grant funding for public improvements needed to serve industry.

Community Economic Revitalization Board

Sales and Use Tax Deferral for Manufacturers

The Rural County Sales/Use Tax Deferral Program grants a deferral of sales/use tax for manufacturing, and computer-related businesses, research and development laboratories, and commercial testing facilities (excluding light and power businesses) locating in rural counties. The sales and/or use taxes on qualified construction and equipment costs for such businesses located in these specific geographic areas are waived when all program requirements have been met and verified.


Provide us with copies of your recent utility bill and we will provide a competitive analysis of costs in our area.

Utility Providers

Centralia City Light

Centralia Water Department

Chehalis City Public Works

Lewis County PUD

Puget Sound Energy


City Resources

Lewis County

City of Centralia

City of Chehalis

City of Napavine

City of Winlock

City of Toledo

City of Mossyrock

City of Morton

City of Vader