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. 15 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 Best Adventure Towns by Outside Magazine
Enjoy year-round activities like hiking, cycling, boating, and more.
7 Million People live within 90 Miles
Centrally located between Seattle, WA and 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 of Bellingham Economic Development Division Awarded Broadband Grant November 28, 2018
PORT OF BELLINGHAM—On November 15, 2018, the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved a $50,000 grant to the Port of Bellingham for the Rural Broadband Feasibility Study. This planning program project consists of a feasibility study to identify which areas in Whatcom County are unserved or underserved by broadband, and to identify the most feasible… [ Read More ]
Photo by Eric Ashley, courtesy of Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition The City of Bellingham, Whatcom Land Trust, and Galbraith Tree Farm LLC have entered into a purchase and sale agreement that secures the public’s recreational use of up to 65 miles of trails on Galbraith Mountain in perpetuity. Bellingham City Council voted to approve the agreement… [ Read More ]
Ferndale Business Transforms Manure into Energy June 26, 2018
Ferndale company, Regenis (whose parent company is Andgar Corporation), is making a name for itself with innovative digestors, designed to transform cow manure into energy. About a dozen of the company’s anaerobic digestors create enough energy to power 9,000 homes. This approach to renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions, eliminates fecal coliform bacteria, and reduces odor… [ Read More ]