Regional Economic Partnership

Our Goal

To retain and attract livable wage jobs and to assist businesses, entrepreneurs, and local organizations to thrive.  To work with our partners to create a thriving community for all. We have expertise in financing, planning, and technology to help you start, develop, or grow your business.  

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

Residents of Clallam, Skagit and Whatcom counties and members of the Lummi Nation, Nooksack Indian Tribe or the Quileute Tribe who were affected by the Nov. 13-15, 2021 floods and mudslides can apply to FEMA for help with temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs or other essential disaster-related needs that are not covered by insurance. The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is March 7, 2022.

Residents in the designated counties and tribes can apply online at, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

Please see this press release and FEMA flyer for more information on how to start your application.

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

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

About REP during COVID-19

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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