to launch the next tech startup or searching for a competitive West Coast location, you can have it all in Tacoma-Pierce County, WA. Our movers and shakers are constantly innovating across our key industries — aerospace, technology, logistics and healthcare. We’re home to a skilled talent pool, a pro-business community and one of the strongest logistics networks in the nation. Whatever your business – be it startup, aerospace, or logistics — discover your pure potential here in the Pacific Northwest.
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Your Pacific Northwest Business Destination
Tacoma-Pierce County is a region that encompasses 23 vibrant communities, just 40 minutes south of Seattle. We’re home to more than 900,000 people and flanked by the southern shores of Washington state’s Puget Sound to the west and the iconic 14,000-foot tall Mount Rainier to the east. Anchored by the city of Tacoma, Washington’s third-largest city, we’re part of the Seattle-Tacoma metro area and bolstered by companies like Amazon, Boeing, Infoblox, New Cold, REI and Tool Gauge. Combined with convenient access to mountains and sea, we’re your Pacific Northwest gateway for business and for life.
Tacoma-Pierce County hosts one of the strongest logistics networks on the North American West Coast and is a major gateway to Asia for outbound trade and to the U.S. interior for inbound cargo. The region’s strategic Puget Sound location connects to the rest of the world via road, rail, air and water. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is just 22 miles north of Greater Tacoma and is equally distanced from markets in Asia and Europe, with non-stop flights to 27 international and 91 domestic destinations. The region is served by I-90 which connects the east and west coast of the United States, and I-5, which connects Southern California to Washington state, touching both the Mexican and Canadian borders.
The Sound Choice for Diverse Businesses
Tacoma-Pierce County boasts an industry base just as diverse as our Pacific Northwest geography, with global businesses spanning aerospace, logistics, healthcare and tech. As a leader in international trade and logistics, we’re home to Netherlands-based cold storage company NewCold which operates its largest U.S. automated warehouse in Tacoma. Our aerospace roots run deep, with dozens of companies contributing to the supply chain for Boeing. Leaders in Tacoma-Pierce County place a strong emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, striving to connect business leaders to inclusive local resources that support growth and development across all stages of a company’s development.
Tacoma-Pierce County Means Better Business
Our collaborative, supportive and pro-business attitude and competitive West Coast location are just a few of the reasons why Greater Tacoma is a prime location for global businesses of all sizes. Forbes ranks the Tacoma-Lakewood metro among the top 12 best places for business and careers, citing a more affordable cost of doing business as compared to other large metros. Washington state continually ranks high for business and was named the second-best state economy in the nation by WalletHub. Greater Tacoma boasts no personal state or corporate income tax, no inventory tax and some of the lowest power rates in the country. It’s simply easier (and more cost-effective) to do business in Greater Tacoma.
Where Tech, Military and Innovation Converge
If you’re looking to build the latest tech startup in the picturesque Pacific Northwest, you’ve come to the right place. The city of Lakewood is the proud home of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the largest Army-led joint base in the United States and the region’s largest employer. About 8,500 skilled service members transition out of JBLM annually. Many of these veterans leave with cybersecurity and technology skills, so it’s no wonder there are a handful of local tech leaders with a military background, including Wind Talker Innovations, Namatad and Ivy Data.
Talent Lives Here
Tacoma-Pierce County is a synergistic harbor for business and recreation and a booming hub for talent with a median age of 37 and a regional population expected to surpass 1 million residents by 2040. We’re home to a highly educated, skilled workforce of more than 400,000 people. Pierce County boasts six universities (including the University of Washington Tacoma) and six technical colleges, which fill the talent pipeline. And the broader region offers dozens of additional regional colleges and post-secondary schools. Plus, Greater Tacoma sees 8,500 service members transition out of the military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord annually.
Pure Pacific Northwest Lifestyle Choices
Tacoma-Pierce County puts the mountains, the city and the sea in your backyard for a price that’s more affordable than other major metros, including our northern neighbor, Seattle. We’re among the best places to live in America, according to Livability. Median home prices are less than $500,000, and choices range from traditional Victorian and Craftsman styles to condos and rural acreages. We’re also an inclusive and welcoming hub for all – supporting the LGBTQIA+, native and BIPOC communities throughout the year and celebrating them through events like the Tacoma Pride Festival and Samoa Cultural Week. Come make the most of life with us, we know you’ll fit right in.
Put the “life” back into work-life balance here in the South Sound, where you’ll find a variety of activities for outdoors lovers and city dwellers alike. Tacoma-Pierce County’s outdoor recreation options are practically limitless. Hike the 260 miles of trails at Mount Rainier, take a gondola ride along Gig Harbor Peninsula, attend the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, or hang out along the shores of Puget Sound at the Ruston Way Waterfront. Greater Tacoma also boasts a thriving arts scene, with more cultural options per capita than any other U.S. city outside of Washington, D.C.