The Soundside Alliance for Economic Development is a partnership of five cities (Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila), the Port of Seattle and Highline College.
The Soundside Alliance partners work together to promote economic development through programs dedicated to increasing job opportunities and income for Southwest King County residents and stimulating quality business investment and real estate development in the Southwest King County area. The Soundside presents a collective approach to improving the area’s economy. By collaborating on economic development goals, this cooperative approach to economic development could serve as a model transferable to other policy areas.
The Soundside Alliance is a partnership of different types of local governments (cities, port, community college, county). The Soundside Executive Committee meets quarterly and is made up of elected officials and representatives from each of the partner jurisdictions. The Soundside Steering Committee meets monthly and is comprised of staff with different skills (planners, economic development professionals, business development specialists, transportation experts, workforce development specialists, economists) who implement directives received from the Executive Committee.
Since mid-2000, the Soundside Alliance has produced a number of programs and accomplishments, including:
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – The SBDC has provided business development counseling and education to small and mid-sized businesses in Southwest King County since 2003.
- StartZone – A project that serves the business development needs of immigrants, minorities, women and disabled-owned current and potential businesses to increase employment opportunities and household incomes in Southwest King County.
- Business Attraction Program – A program implemented in 2007 to collectively market the assets and opportunities to start and grow a business in Southwest King County to a broad range of businesses, commercial real estate investors and developers, and companies in the trade and logistics sector.
- Soundside Legislative Advocacy – The Soundside Alliance is collaborating with regional groups on current initiatives, funding priorities, and future areas of legislative advocacy for Southwest King County.