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Small City Partnership
Mission Statement
The Whatcom Partnership for a Sustainable Economy is an initiative of government leaders working with residents, communities, and all economic sectors of the Whatcom community to create and support a healthy and diversified economy for its residents.

Background
In 2000, the Port of Bellingham led the effort to expand economic development leadership to all of Whatcom County and to initiate a collaborative approach with other agencies in the county, working on economic development and quality of life issues. The partnership’s key activities included the following:
  • Creating information and planning for public investment in the county
  • Developing a blueprint for the economic future
  • Providing better research and understanding of the economy

The partnership re-focused its role in collaboration with the Small City Caucus to work directly with the six smaller municipalities while maintaining rural outreach and coordination with local economic development groups.

Small City Economic Development Fund
In 2004 The Port of Bellingham initiated a matching fund program to assist smaller incorporated cities with economic development projects. The purpose of these planning funds is to help the cities evaluate the feasibility and secure other funding programs to implement job-creating economic development projects. The port annually calls for projects and submittals, which are reviewed and prioritized through the partnership before being awarded by the Port Commission. Through 2012 the port has spent over $445,000 on small city projects.

View the Small City Economic Development Fund Report

Additional Information
For more information contact Economic Development Specialist Dodd Snodgrass at (360) 676-2500.

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