Snohomish County is a great place to do business. Improving the business climate to entice more businesses to open in North Snohomish County and create family-wage jobs is critical to our local economy and resilience as a region.
Councilmember Nehring has supported initiatives and programs to benefit economic development and attract new jobs to North Snohomish County.
The Cascade Industrial Center (CIC) is a designated area in Marysville and Arlington for manufacturing and industrial development in Snohomish County. The CIC includes over 4,000 acres of land zoned for development and has more than 1,700 acres available for development.
In 2019, the CIC received official designation as a Manufacturing and Industrial Center by the Puget Sound Regional Council. This designation helped secure funding for critical infrastructure and allowed for certain incentives for commercial development. The tax incentives include city and county property tax exemption for eligible businesses, no city B&O tax and reduced state B&O tax for qualifying industries, and opportunity zones.
The CIC has attracted innovative businesses such as Eviation working on all electric airplanes.
The Snohomish County Airport - Paine Field was originally constructed in 1936 as a Works Progress Project. Paine Field historically hosted the Army Air Corps and has been home to Boeing and many other aviation businesses.
In 2019, following a $40 million investment by Propeller Airports, the passenger terminal opened for commercial flights at Paine Field. Commercial air service not only adds convenience for residents traveling outside the County, it positions Snohomish County as a viable location for businesses looking to move or open here. Having passenger air service so close promotes economic development opportunities for our region.