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Economic Development Partnership Program

In 2016, the Port of Seattle authorized a new Economic Development Partnership Program to support local community economic development activities. In 2017, more than $962,000 was available to cities in King County as matching funds. Based on population, each may receive between $5,000 and $65,000 for the following eligible activities:

  • Business recruitment initiatives designed to attract new companies to a region or city
  • Small business development (including incubator/accelerator projects) 
  • Industry retention and expansion assistance (ex. Maritime, Aerospace, etc.)
  • Tourism development 
  • Downtown revitalization 
  • Commercial or industrial property development 
  • Other community or economic development projects that support new investment and job creation 
  • Cities may collaborate or aggregate regionally to enhance impact

For more detailed information about the results in 2016, please read this 2016 Economic Develoopment Partnership Program Report.

Applying for the partnership program

To apply for the program, please read the program guidelines and eligible activities below carefully. Then, complete an application form and return it to

Select this link to read FAQs about the partnership program. 

Economic Development Partner Cities

In 2017, the cities listed below in King County have been selected to participate in the Partner Cities Program.

The city projects generally fell into the following categories:

  • Business Assistance
  • Planning and Feasibility Studies
  • Website Upgrades
  • Marketing & Business Recruitment
  • Tourism Promotion/Wayfinding

Auburn - $65,000

City of Auburn

Build upon the business incubator initiative launched last year with business assistance workshops and development of a resource network for entrepreneurs in their innovation partnership zone (mentors, attorneys, venture capital, angel investors, bankers, and other public sector resources).

Refine the City’s business license process to improve the quality of information for a marketable and searchable buy-local database and website.

Bellevue - $65,000

BellevueEnhancement and deployment of Innovation Triangle Facebook and LinkedIn page with activities and business announcements

Review current cluster market and business district profile sheets

Attend business trade shows in NewSpace and other events like SelectUSA to attract information and communication technology companies

Build startup finance education and a “global passport program” designed to support startups with limited export experience as part of the StartUp 425 initiative of the Innovation Triangle

Covington - $16,000

  • Implement Town Center redevelopment project by designing and placing street pole banners as part of a new program which will demarcate the boundaries of a new town center currently in its planning stages and publicizes local attractions

Kirkland - $65,000

City of KirklandBuild upon initiatives launched last year related to the Innovation Triangle with resources going to marketing materials, a new social media engagement strategy, updating of website, and participation at business site selection events.

Expanding moorage at Marina Park to help recruit commercial, recreational tourism boats and increase access to Kirkland’s central business district.


Newcastle - $11,000

  • Develop and design gateway sign to create a sense of arrival into the city and which is part of a larger effort of heritage landmark signage meant to support transition of the main commercial area into an attractive, downtown type location for visitors, businesses and ultimately redevelopers to invest.

Normandy Park - $6,420

  • Attract potential visitors from the airport through an improved website and wayfinding signage to recreational locations. 

North Bend - $6,570

North BendCreation of a new visitor website that will highlight opportunities in and around North Bend and connect visitors and residents o the local economy.

Improved signage that will guide residents and visitors to North Bend’s historic downtown’s attractions.



Redmond - $60,560

  • Attract new companies to Redmond with an emphasis in the software and interactive media through participation in several targeted conferences and trade shows with business leaders in these fields.
  • Update and enhance Redmond’s marketing materials with visualizations of planned development in urban centers and villages used to explain the City as an ideal place to locate.

Sammamish - $61,250

  • Development of a distinctive new City brand in keeping with the levels of quality set by Eastside neighbors Develop an implementation and marketing plan for introducing a new brand

SeaTac - $27,810

SeaTacEstablish a “Business Synergy Program” which will identify small business needs and opportunities to products and services of other local businesses

Design wayfinding signage to help guide visitors from the airport to businesses and hotels as well as community artwork on 188th street entryway.



Snoqualmie - $10,000

  • Reinvest in Savor Snoqualmie’s tourism initiatives started last year
  • Create new hard copy and electornic marketing materials that support “local first” products, guidebooks, and wine events Installation of new wayingfing signs to Snoqualmie Valley Trail to promote both the falls and Meadwbrook Farm

Tukwila - $19,540

  • Development of marketing materials (specifically visualizations and renderings of planned buildings on Tukwila International Blvd) to promote Southcenter and Tukwila International District redevelopment plans as a prospective siting opportunity to real estate developers, non-profits, and public agencies