If you’ve been dreaming of a career supporting your local community while enjoying easy access to the great outdoors, the Port of Skagit may be your next and last opportunity. Tucked away in Northwest Washington’s fertile Skagit Valley, found midway between the metropolitan areas of Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, the Port of Skagit builds a strong community and serves as an economic development engine for the region.
The Port of Skagit owns and operates four key facilities: Skagit Regional Airport, Bayview Business Park, La Conner Marina and the SWIFT Center in Sedro-Woolley. The four facilities are home to more than 100 businesses that employ approximately 1,800 workers with room to grow in the future. The port has created jobs in the natural resource fields of agriculture, wood products, fisheries, and mineral extraction over the last 55 years and today the focus of the Port of Skagit is to contribute to the economic vitality of Skagit County through the development of facilities and infrastructure that support local commerce, trade and tourism.
Skagit Regional Airport
Skagit Regional Airport, owned and operated by the Port of Skagit, is situated a few miles west of Burlington, WA. The aviation facility serves a variety of users, including business, commercial and recreational aviation. The airport offers excellent terminal facilities, aviation fueling and a variety of aircraft maintenance and related services, including qualified flight instruction. Currently the airport is home to more than 150 aircraft, ranging from small single-engine recreational aircraft to corporate jets.
Additional airport attractions include a Heritage Flight Museum and restaurant and brewhouse located onsite. Employers continually strive for the best opportunities ranging from aircraft maintenance, facility maintenance, management, and leadership. If you are interested in looking for airport opportunities, check out this site.
Bayview Business Park
The Bayview Business Park is well positioned in northwest Washington, nestled in the beautiful Skagit Valley. The business park’s proximity is adjacent Skagit Regional Airport and just minutes to Interstate 5. In recent years, Bayview Business Park has had approximately 38 tenants employing approximately 855 people in full- and part-time jobs.
These businesses operate with a mix of companies including engineering and manufacturing companies in the housing sector, boat manufacturing, marine, aerospace and agriculture industries. For more information on the business park, look at this site.
La Conner Marina
The La Conner Marina is a highlight destination for recreational boaters, commercial fishers, and marine-related businesses and manufacturers. Located close to downtown La Conner, the marina is a facility that tourists often visit and La Conner residents enjoy visiting. It’s also an easy two-hour (seems it is less?) cruise from the marina into the heart of the beautiful San Juan Islands.
The marina is nearing 50 years of service and offers a long standing tradition with employment year-round of aquatic and boating service, manufacturing, and future growth. For the latest updates on the marina, check this site.
SWIFT stands for Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow Center, and is a partnership between the City of Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, and the Port of Skagit. The team is targeting the former Northern State Hospital property near Sedro-Woolley for redevelopment. The local governments have entered into an agreement to encourage the private sector to create and sustain jobs benefiting all of Skagit County, continue and promote public recreational use of the area, protect the environmentally sensitive areas of Northern State, in particular Hansen Creek, and acknowledge and protect the historic significance to residents and neighboring Upper Skagit Indian Tribal Nation.
The property is currently managed by the Department of Enterprise Services, which leases buildings and grounds to a number of organizations, including the federal Department of Labor for a Job Corps training and education facility and Pioneer Human Services, a non-profit organization that provides chemical dependency services. The area will continue to provide services and future employment opportunities to local residents while continuing to search for new leadership to grow business in the area. More information on the SWIFT Center can be found here.
The long-range aspirations of the Port of Skagit derive from a broader vision of a thriving Skagit Valley. The four facilities are helping to build a community with a strong, diversified economy, where advanced technology, manufacturing and professional jobs, agriculture, timber and service industries are combined to create a high standard of living, a healthy environment and distinct sense of place. A continued goal is to operate trade and tourism facilities while providing transportation links for local products to reach global markets.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to start your career, continue on a successful path, and grow into a leader, the Port of Skagit County jobs opportunities may be perfect for you. Check out the homepage for the Port of Skagit to find the latest news on activities and direct links to each of the four facilities owned and operated.