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
In an effort to educate local young people on job and career opportunities, the Whatcom Business Alliance launched the Youth Engagement Initiative (YEI). “We’re working with businesses and schools to take students into workplace facilities,” said Laura McKinney, NW Government Affairs & Public Relations Director for Alcoa who serves as Co-Chair of the YEI committee…. [ Read More ]
Outdoor Races a Huge Economic Driver in Whatcom County March 27, 2018
Whatcom County Attracts 34,000 Participants to 132 Outdoor Races a Year Washington is known for its stunning outdoor adventures. And when it comes to outdoor races, Whatcom County is leaps and bounds ahead. According to Todd Elsworth, Co-Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, when comparing our community’s races to other similar-sized communities, “We blow them away.”… [ Read More ]
Industrial Icon Finds New Home on the Waterfront February 23, 2018
The ‘Acid Ball’, an over 400,000 pound industrial icon from Georgia-Pacific’s former pulp and paper mill, has been moved to Waypoint Park where it will be used as public art to symbolize the transition between historic and new uses on Bellingham’s downtown waterfront. The 40-foot tall Acid Ball will be coated with luminescent glass beads… [ Read More ]