Impressive talent paired with breathtaking views

Tech Industry Spotlight     Tech Cluster Acceleration Team Strategic Plan

From our vibrant communities to our world-class economy, the entire Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue region is increasingly identified as a top destination for the creative class. We offer beautiful views of Mt. Rainier, waterfront and outdoor recreation, a growing international airport with global connections, and employment anchors like Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and Zillow.

But beyond the picturesque panoramas and global giants, there are very practical reasons technology companies succeed in the Puget Sound – our world-class regional workforce; a data network stretching from Canada to Southern California and across the Pacific to Asia; and supportive business programs designed to help you launch operations successfully.

Tacoma-Pierce County Technology Cluster

Maritime, Military, Cybersecurity, and ‘Grit’ Identified as Key Themes in Upcoming Online Feature Series

A new feature series is highlighting the growth of the technology industry in Tacoma and Pierce County. The series to be posted online through the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County and Startup253 explores the expansion of the tech ecosystem and emerging opportunities for growth and entrepreneurship. It explores traditional Tacoma-area verticals such as maritime and military-veteran founders, a growing data and cybersecurity sector, and those startups employing the next evolution of one of Tacoma’s founding virtues, “grit.”

Read more about the Tech Success Stories Series here!

Featured Success Story – ‘GIVING’ AN EXAMPLE OF TACOMA GRIT

Tacoma Tech Startup Give InKind Draws on Tacoma Values to Ignite Support
Networks for Life’s Challenging Moments

“Tacoma takes care of its own,” Give InKind Founder and CEO Laura Malcolm said to
describe the community, camaraderie, and kinship which help drive Tacoma founders and
startups to greater heights. Tacoma is a city in Pierce
County, Washington, which has welcomed those who fuel
big dreams with hard work since its founding in 1872.
Then, as today, it’s a timber and maritime beacon on the
West Coast. Nearly 150 years later, the city and county
are also home to an emerging tech cluster that welcomes
all as their own.

Read the entire story here! 

Top Tech Employers in Pierce County
Top tech technology industry employers Tacoma Pierce County WA

UW Tacoma technology analytics grad placement rate

Workforce Pipeline for Tech

Twenty-five regional colleges and universities, along with 36 technical schools, produce 56,800 graduates each year, including 17,750 with related engineering, mathematics, analytics, business, and other high-tech degrees.

Across the entire Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area, there are 298,000 people employed in select computer and engineering-related occupations, with 71,122 specifically related to applications and systems software developers.

We are a magnet for top talent.

See more about our region’s workforce.

Technology Industry Incentives

  • No personal state income tax
  • No corporate income tax
  • No inventory tax
  • Family-wage jobs creation tax credits
  • Business & Occupation (B&O) tax rate of 0.4% for all office and service businesses; state and local tax breaks for new employers can help offset this
  • Job training funds through licensed educational institutions
  • Electric rates are 50% below national averages and 60% below West Coast averages
  • State of Washington B&O Tax Credit for customized training
  • State of Washington Strategic Reserve Fund
  • Other project-specific state and local programs

Connected to the World

SeaTac International Airport is conveniently located 22 miles north of Pierce County and is equidistant from major markets in Europe and Asia. Frequent direct flights reach the Bay Area, Boston, New York, Toronto and Washington, as well as international hubs like Beijing, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. In total, 31 airlines connect our region to 28 international and 91 non-stop domestic destinations.

You’ll Like Us, Too

US News World Report WA number 1 2019Forbes 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.

Find Your Fit in Pierce County

PIERCE COUNTY WA economic development Sarah Bonds edb staff

Sarah Bonds

Vice President for Business Recruitment

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