Regional Economic Partnership

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About REP during COVID-19

The Regional Economic Partnership (REP) office is closed as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice and therefore the Team will be working remotely. For general inquiries the team can be contacted at EconDev@portofbellingham.com. Team members can be reached directly by email or cell. Please go to our COVID-19 Economic Impact & Resources page for information and updates.

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.  

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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Check out our amazing community and browse the brochure below! 

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