Regional Economic Partnership

Our Goal

The goal of REP is to retain and attract livable wage jobs and to assist businesses, entrepreneurs, and local organizations to thrive. We aim to work with our partners to create a resilient community and economy for all. We have expertise in financing, planning, research, real estate, and technology to help businesses start, develop, and grow throughout Whatcom County, Washington. 

Visit our CEDS page for more details on our mission, goals, strategies and action plan for economic development in Whatcom County.

Whatcom County Broadband Survey is Now Open!

The Port of Bellingham and the Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County is doing an updated broadband needs and gap assessment. The survey will enable us to apply for grants and funding that will be used to continue to build a broader fiber network in high needs area such as yours. Your response is greatly appreciated! 

Please complete the survey by June 20, 2022.

Flood Resources

If your business has been impacted by the November 2021 flooding in Whatcom County, please visit the following pages for resources and to report damages:

  1. WWU SBDC's flood resources for businesses
  2. Whatcom County's Flood Response Information (link to report damages)
  3. WSU Extension Flood Support for Agriculture

If you or your business would like to donate funds, in-kind gifts, or to volunteer time for flood recovery please visit:

  1. Whatcom Community Foundation's Resiliency Fund
  2. Whatcom Strong

COVID-19 Resources

Please go to our COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources page for information and updates.

What We Do

  • Promote Whatcom County as a great place to live, work and do business. 
  • Connect businesses with economic development services and skilled workforce resources.  
  • Assist businesses with the creation of Federal Trade Zones (FTZ), site identification and selection. 
  • Work with our partners in Canada to help enhance and grow cross border trade opportunities. 
  • Work collaboratively with our local and regional partners to create a vibrant community of higher education learning, prosperous agricultural lands, high tech businesses, marine manufacturing, and local food processing.  

Want to learn more? Check out the Whatcom County profile page. Contact our Team and visit our Choose Whatcom page to see how we can help your business start, grow, or expand.   

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