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  • No. 3 Forbes’ Best Place for Small Businesses and Careers

    Be within 15 minutes of a deepwater port, an international airport, I-5, and railway access.

  • Top 16 Livabilitys' Best Places to Live Out West

    Enjoy year-round activities like hiking, cycling, boating, and more.

  • 8 Million People live within 90 Miles

    Centrally located between Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.

Key industries

Manufacturing

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.

food & beverage

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.

technology

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.

recreation

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.

health & wellness

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.

agriculture

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.

maritime

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

Marine Trades Career Exploration & Job Fair May 9 March 1, 2024

Mark your calendars! The Marine Trades Career Exploration and Job Fair is returning to the Fishermen’s Pavilion on Thursday, May 9th from 10 am-1 pm. This event offers community members and students the opportunity to network with working waterfront employers and explore careers in the marine trades. The event is free and open to the… [ Read More ]

Bellingham Technical College Career + Internship Fairs

THE EVENT BTC invites our business and industry partners to the 2024 Career & Internship Fairs, to be held Tuesday, April 9th – Thursday, April 11, in the campus cafeteria. This invitation extends to all business and industry partners that have internship and career opportunities within the following fields: NURSING & ALLIED HEALTH TUESDAY, APRIL… [ Read More ]

Northwest Workforce Council Needs Your Input! February 16, 2024

You are invited to participate in the Northwest Workforce Council‘s anonymous survey. Northwest Workforce Council helps job seekers gain access to employment, education, training, and support services, and is updating its Regional Strategy. The Council is seeking input from the community and businesses in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island counties. The survey closes on… [ Read More ]

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