With more than 300 manufacturing companies, Whatcom County produces everything from sheet metal, to solar panels, to breakfast cookies. With affordable real estate and skilled labor, we’re the ideal place to grow or start your manufacturing business.
No. 22 Forbes’ Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers
Be within 15 minutes of a deepwater port, international airport, I-5, and railway access.
Top 16 Best Adventure Towns by Outside Magazine
Enjoy year-round activities, like hiking, skiing, boating, cycling, and more.
6 Million People live within 90 Miles
Just an hour’s drive to Seattle, WA or Vancouver, BC.
We’re not just an “eat local first” community—we’re a “drink local first” community, too. From breweries, to wineries, to farm-to-table restaurants—we offer a truly supportive culinary community and a truly ravenous group of local customers.
Home to the world’s largest Bible software company and a hotbed for tech startups, Whatcom County has the talent, coworking spaces, and supportive tech community you need to launch or grow your tech company.
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Voted as one of National Geographic’s best adventure towns, Whatcom County is a hub for outdoor recreation innovation. From cycling, to mountaineering, to rock climbing—we are the premiere location for reaching outdoor enthusiasts.
Ranked as one of America’s healthiest places, Whatcom County’s top industry is health, employing more than 10,000 workers. We’re also home to a myriad of nationally- recognized health and wellness brands, like Barlean’s Organic Oils, Flora, and Omega Nutrition.
Whatcom County has more than 100,000 acres of fertile farmland and brings in $360 million in annual agricultural revenue. As America’s #1 raspberry producer and one of the most productive farming communities in the country, Whatcom County has a centuries-long tradition of agricultural success.
Perfectly situated between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Whatcom County offers a gateway to the global market and has housed a thriving maritime economy for nearly a century. We offer a deepwater port, skilled labor, easy trucking and railway access, plenty of piers and storage, and much more.
In the news
Port Hires Director of Economic Development January 22, 2018
The Port is pleased to announce the hiring of Don Goldberg as its Director of Economic Development. Goldberg will be an integral part of Whatcom County’s economic development team, which includes a collaboration of business service, economic development and workforce organizations partnered together to recruit and retain businesses and create family-wage jobs. Goldberg has over… [ Read More ]
Construction Begins on Two Major Waterfront Redevelopment Projects November 9, 2017
Construction has started on two major waterfront redevelopment projects. The Granary Avenue and Laurel Street project involves building a new roadway through the site. The new roadway includes Whatcom County’s first cycle track, a physically separated bikeway allowing bicycle movement in both directions on one side of the road. Granary Avenue will access Bellingham’s waterfront… [ Read More ]
Waterfront building becoming a hub for new business ideas January 31, 2017
If fostering creativity is a key to economic development, Bellingham appears to be taking a step in that direction with a new partnership. The Foundry Bellingham Makerspace is close to opening in its new spot at the Technology Development Center at 1000 F St. on the Bellingham waterfront. It should be ready for community use… [ Read More ]