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Economic Development Partnership Program

The economic development partnership program was developed to support local King County cities in accomplishing their economic development priorities. Based on a per capita calculation, King County cities (excepting Seattle) may each receive between $5,000 and $65,000 provided they offer in-kind or cash match amounts to their projects. Eligible activities include:

  • Small business development (such as establishing and running business incubators)\
  • Economic or community development projects that foster new investment and catalyze job creation
  • Commercial or industrial property development (including planning, studies and analysis which help position cities to grow their economies)
  • Industry retention and assistance service delivery or projects that improve workforce development capacity in a community
  • Tourism development
  • Downtown or commercial area revitalization that deploy “place making” and other economic development strategies
  • Business recruitment or marketing initiatives designed to attract new companies to the region and their city

Cities are encouraged to collaborate and aggregate their Port partnership funds which enhance their partnering project’s scale and collective impact. For more detailed information please contact Bill Ellis. For ideas or example projects please read the 2016-2017 cycle “Economic Development Partnership Program Final Report.””

Applying for the partnership program

The 2017-2018 application cycle closed, please check back for project updates and results in June/July 2018.

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


* Did not apply for funding  ** No funds expended    Total excludes funds not expended