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Welcome to the City of SeaTac, where "everywhere's possible"

The City of SeaTac is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest. It is a vibrant, economically strong, environmentally sensitive, and people-oriented community. Businesses and investors considering a site in the City of SeaTac can be assured of a business-friendly local government that offers the personal touch of a smaller city.

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  1. WHY SEATAC
  2. VALUE PROPOSITION
  3. MAJOR EMPLOYERS
  4. LIGHT RAIL
  5. LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION
  6. CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
  7. AIRPORT BENEFITS
  8. NEW DEVELOPMENT IN SEATAC
  9. Economic Development Contact:
         Aleksandr Yeremeyev
         Economic Development Division
         206-973-4843
         ayeremeyev@seatacwa.gov

 

WHY SEATAC?

In the City of SeaTac, where “everywhere’s possible,” opportunities abound for prospective businesses and potential developers alike. Numerous large parcels are available for businesses needing access to great transportation networks.

  • For available real estate, click here, for the Soundside Prospector.
  • To see current developments, click here, to see the Development Pipeline Map.

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DEMOGRAPHICS

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LOCAL BUSINESS

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Located within the City, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is an economic driver and a catalyst for private sector growth. Fastest growing major airport in the nation (8th busiest), Sea-Tac Airport served over 49.8 million passengers and transported more than 432,315 metric tons of cargo in 2018. More than 5,600+ guest rooms within the City of SeaTac provide a constant stream of visitors that expands the market for local businesses. Seattle is just a short ride away on light rail and with direct access to several freeways, the City is the ideal place for any business that depends on a multi-faceted transportation system to move people and products.

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TOP BUSINESSES

Currently, the City of SeaTac is home to more than 900 licensed businesses, government agencies or non-profit groups, over 70 of which are “Fortune 1000” companies. These entities employ over 40,000 people in the City limits and generate total local sales of approximately $4.2 billion.

HotelIndustry
Hotel

The hotel industry in the City of SeaTac boasts 2,100 employees and generates $76.5 million in annual local sales. Outside of downtown Seattle, the City of SeaTac possesses the highest number of hotel accommodations in the state with 5,500 rooms. This industry contributes over $1 million annually in lodging taxes, which are administered by the City’s Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee. For more information, contact the area’s convention and visitor’s bureau, Seattle Southside.

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Passenger Airlines

The passenger airline industry in the City of SeaTac employs 1,400 workers and generates approximately $120 million in annual local sales. Both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are headquartered in SeaTac and are vital members of the local business community. Currently over 30 airlines have arrivals and departures from the airport to destinations all over the world.

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Air Cargo

Businesses that provide air transportation of cargo and freight forwarders generate nearly $200 million in annual local sales and employ 1,700 workers in the City of SeaTac. These businesses serve the entire globe while moving goods to and from the Puget Sound region, state of Washington, and the greater Pacific Northwest area. Sea-Tac Airport is the country's 19th busiest cargo airport and offers almost 900,000 square feet (85,000 square meters) of cargo warehouse, airmail and office space for the dynamic mix of domestic and international air cargo activity, totaling 432.315 metric tons in 2018.

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Food Services

The food services industry employs more than 1,800 workers. There are offerings from full-service restaurants representing multiple food types to fast-food and catering businesses.

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Passengers Car Rental

The car rental industry boasts over 300 employees in SeaTac and contributes over $60 million in annual local sales to the local economy.

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Commercial Parking

Commercial parking operations, primarily providing supplemental airport parking, employ more than 300 employees and generate more than $62 million per year in local sales.

 

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REAL ESTATE TOOL/SOUNDSIDEALLIANCE.ORG

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This new, customizable integrative tool is designed to market and promote our region for economic development, specifically for business recruitment, investment, and retention.
Get started by clicking the icon to the left.

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VALUE PROPOSITION

Business Advantages + Low Costs = Value

Businesses thinking of locating to SeaTac can be assured of a business-friendly local government that offers the personal touch of a smaller city. Whether a prospective business or developer, the City of SeaTac offers substantial advantages at low costs compared with most of the Puget Sound region, making it a great value for any type of business.

Business Advantages

  • Unsurpassed access to area highways - Click here (ED's transportation page)
  • Proximity to the region’s international airport - Click here (ED's airport page)
  • Light rail system directly to downtown Seattle and the University of Washington - Click here (ED's Ligh Rail page)
  • The second largest number of hotel rooms in the state at inexpensive rates - Click here (See Soundside Alliance real estate page)
  • Diversified residential opportunities in SeaTac and throughout Seattle Southside at affordable prices - Click here (ED's Community page)
  • Almost $3.7 billion in capital improvements to public infrastructure and facilities has been spent in SeaTac in the last fifteen years- Click here (SEe ED's Why Seatac/Capital improvement projects)
  • Great parks and open spaces- Click here (See ED's Community page)
  • Resources to help businesses succeed - Click here (See ED's Business Resources page)

Low Costs

  • A low tax environment - Click here (See ED's Business Resources page)
  • Affordable office, industrial, retail rents - Click here (Check with Soundside Alliance for data)
  • Current real estate opportunities - Click here (See Soundside Alliance Real Estate Page)

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MAJOR EMPLOYERS

Largest SeaTac Employers  (by number of individuals employed locally)

Business Name

NAICS Description

SEATTLE TACOMA INTL AIRPORT-SEA

Other Airport Operations

HMS HOST

Other Performing Arts Company

US AIRWAYS INC*

Scheduled Freight Air Transportation

DOUBLETREE HOTEL SEATTLE ARPRT

Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

MARRIOTT-SEATTLE SEA-TAC AIRPORT

Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

LYNDEN INC

Special Freight (not Used) Trucking/Long Distance

ALASKA AIRLINES INC*

Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation

HORIZON AIR INDUSTRIES INC*

Scheduled Passenger Air Transportation

TRANSGROUP EXPRESS

Freight Transportation Arrangement

AIRSERV

Scheduled Air Transportation

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES INC*

Scheduled Air Transportation

ALASKA AIR GROUP INC

Scheduled Air Transportation

CENVEO-SEATTLE

Other Commercial Printing

HILTON*

Hotels (except Casino Hotels) and Motels

SAFEWAY STORES INC*

Supermarket/Other Grocery (not Convenience) Stores

LSG SKY CHEFS INC

Full-Service Restaurants

ABM JANITORIAL SVC

Janitorial Services

*Denotes Fortune 1000 member

All information obtained from Claritas Business Point

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LIGHT RAIL

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 Airport Link/SeaTac  

  • Link light rail arrived to the City of SeaTac in 2009. Trains run all day from the SeaTac/Airport Station to downtown Seattle and north to the University of Washington.

SeaTac/Airport Station

  • Located just west of the corner of the intersection of S. 176th Street and International Boulevard(SR 99), near the northeast corner of the main airport parking garage.
  • Offers a 36-minute ride to downtown Seattle – every time regardless of the weather or highway traffic.

Tukwila International Boulevard Station

  • Elevated station with side platforms located at the intersection of International and Southcenter boulevards/South 154th Street.
  • A park-and-ride lot with 600 spaces is located at this station.
  • Travel time to downtown Seattle will be 33 minutes.

Angle Lake Station

  • An elevated station spanning South 200th Street at 28th Avenue South
  • An iconic 1,050 stall parking garage
  • 10,000 square foot public plaza
  • 40 minute ride to downtown Seattle

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LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION

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Location

The City of SeaTac is conveniently located halfway between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma in western Washington state. It is bordered by the cities of Burien, Des Moines, Kent, Tukwila and unincorporated King County. Sea-Tac International Airport is located wholly within the City of SeaTac.

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Transportation

SeaTac’s proximity to major highways, coupled with future light rail access and the presence of Sea-Tac International Airport, make the City a major transportation hub for the Puget Sound region.

  • SeaTac is readily accessible to vehicular traffic by I-5 and SR-509, SR-518, SR-99 and nearby I-405.
  • The City is served by three light rail stations, connecting SeaTac to downtown Seattle. For more information, clickhere.

Sea-Tac International Airport provides passenger and cargo connections throughout the nation and internationally. For more information, clickhere.

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Industry Voice

“We selected this location at SeaTac because it provided an ideal amount of treatment space to serve the local community and it also offered excellent road access, public transportation, and it’s well-known how to get to the airport, so it really met our all our criteria for the ideal location for a kidney center.”

Joyce Jackson, CEO, Northwest Kidney Centers

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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

Almost $4 billion in capital improvements to public infrastructure and facilities has been spent in SeaTac in the last 15 years.

  • $35 million budgeted to be spent on development of the SeaTac/Airport Station Area and the 154th Street Station Area over the next six years. 
  • $35 million spent on the recent International Boulevard enhancements.
  • Sound Transit has invested $250 million on light rail and the SeaTac/Airport Station in SeaTac.
  • Port of Seattle invested $3.4 billion in capital projects in SeaTac in the last 10 years.

Capital projects worth $2 billion are included in the Port of Seattle’s Sustainable Airport master Plan
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AIRPORT BENEFITS 

 

AirportBenefits

The City of SeaTac surrounds the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  This proximity offers great opportunities for industries in which direct access to either air cargo or passenger flights is of paramount importance.  Airports facilitate commerce; they also serve as economic engines, and their direct, indirect and induced benefits accrue throughout the rest of the community as well.

The City of SeaTac and the Port of Seattle work closely with one another to meet the needs of industry and the region by promoting the benefits of the airport to residents and businesses, while minimizing the airport’s impacts on our community. 

 

IndustryVoice
Industry Voice
“One of the great things we’ve found and benefitted in establishing ourselves in SeaTac is the proximity to the airport as well as to the I5-405 corridor. Many of our customers are flying in for the day, some are coming in to places like Boeing Field, having retreats with their boards, and flying out. It’s very convenient.”

John Murphy, Former General Manager, Cedarbrook Center

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NEW DEVELOPMENT IN SEATAC

This is an interactive map that shows current development within the City. You can also view the Development Pipeline on our maps-and-gis/printable-maps page.

 

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