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The City of Bellingham supports our regional economy in a variety of ways.

Staff is available to assist you with business-related questions and provide community resources and city services to support your business. We may be reached at: or 360-778-8105. 

Doing Business in Bellingham
Visit this link for complete details on starting a business or supporting an existing business.

Business Incentive Programs

Strategic Planning Overview

This Phase I report dated April 15, 2009 provides a current overview of Bellingham's industry sectors, employment zones, and future employment capacity.  2008 City of Bellingham Employment Lands Report (5,400K PDF)Cover Memo from Tim Stewart, Planning Director (PDF).

Phase II of the study, completed in December 2009,  builds upon the 2008 Employment Lands Report to identify ways to retain and expand existing businesses and attract industry sectors that are compatible with Bellingham's comprehensive planning goals.  2009 City of Bellingham Employment Lands Report - Phase II (565K PDF)Cover Memo from Tim Stewart, Planning Director (PDF)

Downtown Revitalization

Bellingham's revitalized downtown is due in large part to the concentrated efforts of the city, working closely with the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and other partners to take actions outlined in the recently adopted Downtown District Plan.  Accomplishments thus far include new garbage cans, benches, public art, downtown landscaping, sidewalk improvements, and improvements to Maritime Park as well as the boardwalk along Whatcom Creek. More residential units are now located downtown due to increased private sector investment, and projects such as Depot Market Square have had a huge influence on economic development downtown.

Grant Funding

The City also promotes Bellingham by funding arts and other organizations through the Tourism Promotion Fund.

Waterfront Development

Please visit the Waterfront Development Planning webpage for more information.

For more information, contact the Community Development Division.

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