Technology Development Center
Innovation Partnership Zones
In 2007, the Port of Bellingham was designated by Governor Chris Gregoire as one of the state’s first Innovation Partnership Zones
. These geographic areas were created to promote and develop the state’s regional economies. The state’s goal is to create unique geographic areas around the state that will become globally recognized as hubs of expertise, innovation, and commercialization. The boundaries of the Waterfront Innovation Zone encompasses 200 acres of Bellingham's waterfront. Redevelopment of the site will be a draw for world class industries.
The first capital project in the zone, a 10,000 square foot Technology Development Center
promises to be a regional hub for applied research and technical training, combining private sector needs with practical application of technologies and workforce training. The facility is leased by Western Washington University
and Bellingham Technical College. The Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington
is also housed in the center. It includes a common area available to the public and was funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce
, federal appropriations, and the Port of Bellingham.
Focus of the Center
Industrial design, advanced materials applications and energy technologies focused on clean transportation, and training for industries of the future. View the Brochure for additional information.
The Technology Development Center's features include:
- 850-square-foot training room
- 2,500-square-foot workforce development education and training lab
- 3,800-square-foot applied research and development work area equipped with state-of-the-art direct air flow system and tooling equipment
- Distributed compressed air, vacuum mold, and dust collection systems
- Hosting capacity for visiting industry representatives
- Restrooms, vending, and kitchenette facilities
- Two semi-truck-sized delivery doors
- Wired rooms for media-ready capability