Economic Benefits

A Washington State that Works for All

Job creation and economic growth on a statewide basis are among Washington's most crucial issues. Global trade presents the greatest potential for economic growth, particularly in Washington state where 40 percent of all jobs are tied to trade.

The Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) is a $665 million privately-funded cargo handling facility, one of the largest industrial developments ever proposed in Whatcom County. This project will provide thousands of much-needed family-wage jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues for vital local and state services while meeting Washington’s high environmental standards.

A union employer, GPT will reach out to the local workforce first through union hiring halls, which will ensure maximum local benefit. In addition to the direct employees needed to operate the terminal, GPT will utilize contracted services and suppliers and purchase supplies, equipment and repair services in the community whenever possible.