Economic Development Strategy

In partnership with Community Attributes Inc., the City of Tukwila is creating an Economic Development Strategy to guide its efforts to strengthen Tukwila’s economic future – and we hope you will create it with us! The primary purpose of the Economic Development Strategy will be to describe Tukwila’s vision for sustainable and inclusive economic prosperity and to identify strategies and actions to achieve that vision.

As we create the Strategy, we will explore Tukwila’s current role in the regional economy and trends affecting the region. We will look at our strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. And we will ask questions that deal with our shared vision and competitive advantages. Over the next few months, we will post relevant research and information about the regional economy and issues facing Tukwila on this dedicated project webpage, and we will summarize and incorporate your feedback. The sections and links below provide more information.



The main goal of this project is to create an economic development strategy that provides clarity, consensus, and prioritization to help the City focus its economic development work. In addition to the strategy, we seek to build and strengthen relationships with businesses and residents and foster a greater sense of understanding and connection. Some of the questions we’d like to explore include:

  • Should we update our vision for attracting and retaining certain industry sectors?
  • How do we ensure our retail and entertainment cluster remains strong and growing?
  • How should we update our visions for various business districts to help them grow into great neighborhoods?
  • How do we ensure our residents have access to education and training for better futures?
  • How can we ensure diversity of our businesses in a way that provides ongoing sustainable tax revenue?



We want to hear from you! Whether you’re a resident, recent arrival, own a business, or work in Tukwila, your ideas will be critical to the success of this strategy. Do you have ideas for a business or service or insights about a particular corner of the City? Add your input to the interactive map below. Have a few minutes to give detailed feedback about doing business in the City, or want to discuss a particular challenge?  Take or share our Online Survey.

Use the links below to view the survey in other languages.

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Project Schedule

October 2022 Launched website and online survey
July – December 2022 Held listening sessions, collected paper surveys, contracted with community organizations
October 17, 2022 Planning and Community Development Committee provided input on project scope
December 2022 Draft vision and goals reviewed by Advisory Committee
December 5, 2022 Draft vision and goals reviewed by Planning and Community Development Committee
February 2023 Project put on temporary hold
July 2023 Held focus groups and conducted interviews
July 17, 2023 Preliminary engagement results presented to Planning and Community Development Committee.
August 7, 2023 Revised vison and goals and draft strategies and actions reviewed by Planning and Community Development Committee.
September 18, 2023 Tentative date for Planning and Community Development Committee to review full draft of the economic development strategy
September 25, 2023 Tentative date for full City Council review of the full draft of the economic development strategy
September 28, 2023 Tentative date for Planning Commission to review the draft economic development chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.



Check back for draft analyses, findings, summaries of community input, recommendations, and other work in progress that we will be posting throughout this planning process.

COMING SOON – Landscape Assessment & Existing Conditions Analysis
COMING SOON – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats (SWOT) Analysis

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If you have questions, contact Derek Speck at