Gateway to the World
As a major gateway to Asia for outbound trade and to the U.S. interior for inbound cargo, Tacoma-Pierce County hosts one of the strongest logistics networks on the North American West Coast. Intermodal transportation hubs, the deep-water Port of Tacoma, East-West and North-South interstate highways, and growing SeaTac International Airport ensure the efficient transfer of goods.
Our region is an epicenter for containerized cargo, bulk, breakbulk, aerospace components, automobiles, trucks and more.
Pierce County’s strategic location in the Puget Sound region makes connectivity seamless and efficient. Sea-Tac International Airport is conveniently located just north of Pierce County and is equidistant to major markets in Europe and Asia.
By sea, the Northwest Seaport Alliance is the 4th largest container gateway in North America and includes the deep-water terminals of the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle. A connected highway system serves the U.S. West Coast, Western Canada, Mexico and other major U.S. cites. Access to both major U.S. railroads ensures limitless options for logistics and transportation.
Washington State #1 in Nation
Pierce County has the transportation and technology to move products and people to their destinations quickly and efficiently. The region is well connected by highway, rail, air, water, utilities, and fiber.
An abundance of hydropower and wind power mean that our energy is not only clean but comes with some of the lowest costs in the nation.
According to U.S. News and World Reports (2019), Washington has a supercharger: power. Cheap, climate-friendly electricity drives Washington’s economy, the nation’s fastest growing, according to the U.S. News’ Best States ranking of economic growth.
That access to some of the lowest cost, cleanest power in the county is what propelled Washington State to the outlet’s 2019 state rankings.
Logistics Industry Incentives
- No personal state income tax
- No corporate income tax
- No inventory tax
- Family-wage jobs creation tax credits
- No sales or use tax on machinery and equipment used in manufacturing operations
- One of the largest, most successful foreign trade zones
- Workforce training grants and credits
- Other project-specific state and local programs
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Forbes listed the Tacoma-Lakewood metro area #10 on its Best Places for Business and Careers (2018) .
When WalletHub (2019) compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key indicators of economic performance and strength, Washington State came out in the #1 spot. U.S. News and World Reports agrees, applauding some of the lowest power rates in the country.
Highly Skilled Talent Supply
Twenty-five regional colleges and universities, along with 36 technical schools, produce 56,800 graduates a year. Our educational institutions offer specialized programs to develop a workforce knowledgeable about logistics, and the longshore labor union is highly productive.
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Vice President for Business Recruitment