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Economic Development

Kent is the third largest city in King County with a population of 124,435.  Incorporated in 1890, the city’s population has doubled since 1990 incorporating tens of thousands of new households and businesses while retaining the historic  character of its downtown and oldest neighborhoods.  


A key component of Seattle's global trade, the Kent Valley is the fourth-largest center for manufacturing and distribution in the United States. Many of Puget Sound's most distinguished companies choose to locate key functions in Kent: from Starbucks' original coffee roasting plant to Amazon's next generation fulfillment center.


The Valley is an area where a half-century's legacy in outer space innovation (the first lunar rover was developed at the Kent Space Center) persists to this day at Boeing's advanced research campus and at Blue Origin's main facility. Hundreds of advanced manufacturers like the Hexcel Corporation, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Flow International, the Omax Corporation, and Hytek Finishes are primarily established in the Kent Valley, as are the corporate offices of outdoor retail leader R.E.I. 


To learn more about Doing Business in Kent, click here. 
To learn more about Starting a Business, click here. 

To learn about the City's progress on its strategic plan, click here.  

Kent: Discover more.


Downtown Kent:

a Regional Center




A Community with

Global Ties




Quality Lifestyle


Climate for Innovation



Economic Development Contacts

Economic Development Staff 


Economic Development Manager

Kurt Hanson AICP




Economic Development Analyst

William Ellis




Economic and Community Development Department

400 W. Gowe St. #300

Centennial Center
Kent, WA 98032
Phone: 253-856-5454


City of Kent Partners

The City partners frequently to achieve the community's vision for economic growth. To learn more about the City's many partners, please read more.


Economic Development News

Learn more about the City of Kent's Economic Development Plan and progress made towards its completion.


Brownfield Redevelopment Program

The City of Kent was awarded two Federal grants to provide up to $400,000 in funding to catalyze the reuse and revitalization of property within the City. If you own or represent property either contaminated, or suspected of contamination, it may benefit from our assessment assistance. Please contact us to find out if your property qualifies.


For more information contact: (253) 856-5454 or brownfields@kentwa.gov