News last month about Seattle’s new head tax ignited a fiery debate about what our business climate looks like in the Puget Sound area. Rather than imposing additional burdens on business, we are focusing on incentives to attract businesses to North Snohomish County. The Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center (MIC) is a prime example of that.
The Arlington-Marysville MIC is an area of industrial businesses and activities in parts of the cities of Arlington and Marysville. The 4,000+ acre zone is home to over 7,400 existing jobs with many more expected. Local leaders worked with area legislators to pass Senate Bill 5761 to give a property tax incentive for new businesses within the MIC. In order to qualify, businesses must create at least 25 new jobs paying at least $18.00 per hour. Over the next 20 years, the MIC is projected to create over 25,000 new family-wage jobs in North Snohomish County.
These new jobs are going to provide great employment opportunities for residents all across North County, from Stanwood to Granite Falls. Career opportunities closer to home will help reduce travel time, reducing congestion and allowing for more time with our families. The economic impact of the MIC doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the center. Many more businesses will likely expand or start to support the industrial and manufacturing businesses in the MIC.
Existing infrastructure makes the location of the MIC enticing for new businesses locating here. This includes close proximity to I-5 and rail access, as well as the Arlington Airport and new commercial air service at Paine Field. Regional storm water retention ponds and a PUD sub-station are also in place to accommodate new businesses.
In addition, significant infrastructure improvements have been planned in anticipation for this economic growth. The Connecting Washington transportation package includes construction of a new, fully-funded interchange at I-5 and 156th St. NE which will ease traffic congestion and increase access to the MIC.
As a regional growth center, the Arlington-Marysville MIC will be promoted to businesses looking to move to or expand in the Puget Sound region. It also ensures that North Snohomish County remains a priority for transportation and infrastructure investments moving forward.
I am excited about the potential that the Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center provides for our region. I am happy to support our efforts to bring more family-wage jobs to North Snohomish County so that residents in our region can work and play close to where they live. As other jurisdictions to the south continue to place additional tax and regulatory burdens on job creators, I am proud of our work to encourage and support new businesses in North Snohomish County.
Nate Nehring is a member of the Snohomish County Council and represents District 1 which includes Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood, and unincorporated north county. He can be reached by email at Nate.Nehring@snoco.org or by phone at (425) 388-3494.