State awards $100,000 to study Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Center

Boost for economic development efforts in Snohomish County

The state’s Community Economic Revitalization Board has announced grants to help promote new business growth and manufacturing jobs in the Arlington Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center.

The industrial center covers 4,000 acres, including land within the boundaries of Arlington and Marysville, and is near Paine Field and Interstate 5.

The grants will help pay for two feasibility studies to establish a master plan for economic development, and an investment and transportation strategy to facilitate infrastructure improvements and accommodate, attract, and retain industrial and manufacturing uses.

The cities of Arlington and Marysville, along with Snohomish County, have been working hard to boost recognition and development of this manufacturing/industrial center, including seeking regional designation by PSRC.

Just this week, Comcast Business announced they would invest $1.5 million to build a major fiber optic network in the Arlington and Marysville area.

The central Puget Sound region currently has nine designated manufacturing/industrial centers, also known as MICs (see map). An updated Centers Framework being developed by the Growth Management Policy Board would establish a process and criteria for designating new MICs such as Arlington-Marysville.