Bellingham Whatcom Economic Development Council
Northwest Washington Marine Industry Cluster Study
BERK worked with a consortium of 13 counties, ports, workforce agencies, and educational institutions in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties to develop a strategic economic development plan for the region’s ship building industry.
The project included defining the marine subsectors within the industry, assembling a database and directory of marine businesses in the region, and developing a regional model to track the industry’s performance over time. The strategic plan presents actions to address industry needs and challenges, including infrastructure, workforce education and training, business expansion and retention, regulation, and marketing.