Doing Business in Marysville

Doing Business in Marysville WA

Once a nation of poverty, The Tulalip Tribes are now shaping the economy of the Pacific Northwest. This transformation began in 1992 when Tulalip opened its doors to Washington state’s first compacted Tribal casino. Casino profits became the seed money to develop diverse investments, and now Tulalip is the fourth largest private employer in Snohomish County. Quil Ceda Village Business Park is the centerpiece to Tulalip’s economic development growth. This 187-acre business park runs adjacent to I-5 and offers a mix of entertainment and retail opportunities which include The Tulalip Casino, Amphitheater, and the Seattle Premium Outlets. These attractions have made national headlines, and are drawing thousands of visitors monthly from all over the world. Tulalip is now constructing a five-star destination hotel, spa and convention center near the Tulalip Casino, that will be 12 stories and feature suites up to 3,000 square feet. There is also a mix of small business retail centers complemented by big box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Soon Quil Ceda Village will also become home to major manufacturing and industrial companies. Quil Ceda Village has become an economic catalyst, spurring revenue growth for all of Snohomish County, with planned expansion up to 2,000 acres.

Marysville & Tulalip both benefit from their diverse economic base and are well-positioned for economic growth, possessing the traits that major employers expect. Easy access to I-5, a rail line, waterway, ample infrastructure with its water and sewer service, general aviation airports minutes away, positioned along the high technology corridor with available commercial and light industrial-zoned property, a highly-trained and educated workforce, and regulatory consistency.

Transportation throughout Snohomish County is easy with the Arlington Municipal Airport and Paine Field only minutes away, and Washington’s largest airport, Sea-Tac is just 50 miles away. Passenger and freight rail use the north-south route that passes directly through Marysville. Port of Everett is the West Coast’s second-largest terminus/marina sharing water’s edge with Naval Station Everett, with Marysville as the host to Naval Station Everett’s Family & Fleet Support Center. Washington State Ferries is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the Province of British Columbia in Canada. Their existing system has 10 routes and 20 terminals that are served by 28 vessels.

Businesses and individuals alike are drawn to the area by the availability of buildable property and accessibility to water and sewer services. The City of Marysville provides water and sewer to an expansive service area, with residential rates among the lowest in western Washington, and commercial rates competitively priced.

The Marysville & Tulalip Community Development Departments offer assistance to prospective companies looking to locate or relocate here, including, but not limited to:

  • Pre-application review
  • Explanation of procedures and requirements
  • Fee estimates
  • Assistance in site development
  • Zoning and platting requirements
  • Information on land status

The city, in partnership with the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County, was recognized by the Puget Sound Regional Council with a Vision 2020 Award for streamline model permitting. Permit times and decision turnarounds were reduced by 25%-76% between 2002 and 2004 (varies by review/decision type).

To discuss your commercial or industrial project with a city or tribal planner, call or write:

Quil Ceda Business Park
8802 – 27th Avenue N.E.
Tulalip, Washington 98271
(360) 651-4119

Marysville Community Development Department
80 Columbia Ave.
Marysville, WA 98270
(360) 363-8100

When you’re deciding where to position your business, what a community doesn’t offer can sometimes be as compelling as what it does. When you select Snohomish County you won’t find a:

  • corporate state income tax
  • unitary tax
  • inventory tax
  • personal state income tax
  • tax on interest, dividends or capital gains

What you will find is a county and a state eager to help you succeed and thrive. You’ll find solid business incentives, such as a sales and use tax exemption on machinery and equipment and a business and occupation tax credit when you create new jobs designed to provide certain servicesto international customers.

When you select the Marysville Tulalip area, you will find these additional rewards for growing your business here:

  • Centrally located to Seattle, Everett and Bellevue
  • No B&O tax
  • Affordable property tax structure
  • Proactive governments
  • Expedited permit processing for economic development projects
  • Competitive rental rates to Seattle, Everett and eastside
  • “A-3” municipal bond rating – Moody’s Investor Services for Marysville
  • General aviation airports mere minutes away.

Major taxes in Washington State include a state retail sales tax of 6.5 percent, paid by the purchaser for tangible personal property and certain services.

To learn more about Washington State’s tax system for businesses and individuals, more information is available from the Washington State Department of Revenue, 800-647-7706 in state or 800-233-6349 out-of-state.

Commercial – Industrial Activity on the Horizon

Gateway Shopping Center
White-Leasure Development Corp. of Boise, Idaho is building the 34-acre Gateway Shopping Center along I-5 at the 116th Street exit and State Avenue. Anchor stores are 92,000-square-foot WinCo Foods and 33,000-square-foot Kohl’s, the latter’s first store in Washington state.

64th Street Plaza – Wal-Mart
Tacoma-based Pacific Northwest Development plans to build a 183,000-square-foot Wal-Mart on 20 acres at 64th Street and SR 9 in the eastside foothills of Marysville. The supercenter includes a garden center, and tire and lube shop.

‘American Legend’ Harley-Davidson comes to north Marysville
An American Legend rolled into Marysville with the newest Harley-Davidson dealership in Washington, a 30,000-square-foot showroom, with cafes, and more. The new facility was specially designed after H-D’s original factory in Wauwatosa, WI., with a showroom, test track and cafes. It will gives riders a gathering place as they explore the back roads of Snohomish County.

Lakewood Crossing

Powell Development has developed a 476,000-square-foot shopping center in Marysville’s Lakewood neighborhood. Flagship stores are Costco and Target.

Commercial/Industrial Land available in north Marysville and Quil Ceda Village – Marysville & Tulalip’s long-term potential rests in hundreds of raw acres of land in the city’s north end east of I-5, and in Quil Ceda Village on the west of I-5. It is the largest remaining freeway concentration of developable commercial and industrial-zoned land between the City of Lacey and the U.S.-Canadian border, with the potential to create 1500-2000 jobs.

Currently Marysville’s in-city population is 31,016. The median income for a household in the city is $47,088, and the median income for a family is $67,213. The Tulalip reservation has a population of approximately 9,000, around 3,600 of which are tribal members.

The Tulalip and Marysville partnership is a key principal in regional plans to establish a viable future by fostering an economic climate conducive to business.

Our strong economy is characterized by a healthy mix of small business, corporate headquarters, aerospace companies, light industrial and manufacturing and more. Prospective companies need only to look at the political and economic environment, strategic location and well-trained workforce, to see that opportunities are evident.

Community and County Demographics

  • Marysville City Population: — 37,102
  • Tulalip Population: — 9,000
  • (3,600 of whom are Tribal members)
  • Service Area Pop: 54,000
  • Area: 11.4 sq. mi.
  • Median age: 34.1
  • Median family income: $67,213
  • Total Assessed property valuation: $2,652,067,256
  • Median house price: $253,500
  • Industrial land price (avg. per sq. ft.) $3 – $5.5
  • Commercial/Industrial: (in acres) — 2,370


  1. The Boeing Co. — 23,000
  2. Premera Blue Cross — 3,300
  3. Providence Health System 3,240
  4. Tulalip Tribes Enterprises — 2,100
  5. Rinker Materials Northwest — 2,000
  6. Verizon Northwest — 1,600
  7. Philips Medical Systems — 1,430
  8. Goodrich Aerospace Services — 1,500
  9. Everett Clinic — 1,250
  10. Meridian Yachts — 1,080
  11. Fluke Corporation (Danaher) — 1,070
  12. Twin City Foods — 900
  13. Kimberly Clark — 850
  14. Intermec — 700
  15. Wal-Mart — 700
  16. ICOS — 675
  17. Canyon Creek Cabinets — 650
  18. C&D Zodiac (NW Composites) — 610
  19. Eldec Corp. — 610
  20. MILA — 600


  1. Naval Station Everett — 6,110
  2. State of Washington — 3,000
  3. Snohomish County Government — 2,650
  4. Everett School District — 1,760
  5. Edmonds School District — 1,378
  6. Monroe Correctional Complex — 1,260
  7. Marysville School District — 1,262
  8. City of Everett — 1,200
  9. Stevens Healthcare — 1,030
  10. Snohomish County PUD — 920
  11. Community Transit — 600
  12. Everett Community College — 565
  13. Edmonds Community College — 525