Thurston Thrives is a network aimed at bringing together community partners of Thurston County around the work we share. One of the main focuses of the network is to ensure that our county is a thriving place to live, work, and play, for current and future generations. The purpose is to engage our leaders across the board to move forward an action agenda we can all believe in to improve health for all Thurston County residents.

Thurston Thrives was founded by the Thurston County Board of Health in 2013 and, since 2015, is now overseen by a 24-member public-private Coordinating Council.

The Council is staffed by the Thurston Thrives Director, Krosbie Carter. The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce is the backbone agency, responsible for staffing and fiscal accountability.

Community members have come together to form action teams in eight areas – Clinical & Emergency Care, Community Design, Education & Resilience, Economy, Environment (including Climate & Clean Energy), Food, Housing, and Public Safety & Justice.

As a collaborative network of community partners and leaders, Thurston Thrives creates the platform and leverage to:

  • What: Inform regional policies and develop innovative actions;
  • How: Align our cross-sector efforts for measurable results; and
  • Why: Ensure Thurston County is a healthy and thriving place to live, work and play for current and future generations