Kitsap Fast Ferries: Frequently Asked Questions Webinars

Join Kitsap County for a webinar beginning on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM PDT. Register now! Click HERE. ​Kitsap Fast Ferries Bremerton-Seattle service launches on July 10! Attend Kitsap Transit’s first-ever webinar series on May 24 and 25 to learn more about the service and ask questions. The May 24 webinar will cover schedule and fares, while the May 25 webinar will cover reservations. Both […] Read more »

Kitsap economy highlighted in Puget Sound Business Journal

The Puget Sound Journal of Business recently published a special report profiling Kitsap County’s economic advantages and opportunities. Featured stories discussed opportunities for the technology industry, talent and workforce, workforce education, housing and business costs, and Kitsap’s role and opportunities as part of the Puget Sound regional economy. The special section also includes stories on the Fast Ferry Proposition and interviews with Kitsap Bank CEO, […] Read more »

Commercial real estate roundup: South Kitsap timberland sells for $9M

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business, Puget Sound Blogs A massive swath of South Kitsap changed hands this summer. In June a buyer paid $9.25 million to McCormick Land Company for nearly 2,000 acres of timberland south of McCormick Woods. The deal highlighted a busy spring and summer for commercial land transactions in Kitsap County. Below is a roundup of other high-profile sales recorded from April through July, with details from assessor’s documents […] Read more »

Snapshot of Kitsap Military &  Defense Economy 

Just released! Created by Community Attributes, Inc (CAI) in partnership with KEDA and the Washington Military Alliance  this snapshot details the economic impact of  Kitsap’s Military & Defense economy. More information at: kitsapeda.org/key-industries/defense/ Click here to download. Read more »

Kitsap retail sales up 10 percent in first quarter

Tad Sooter, Minding Your Business, Puget Sound Blogs Retail sales increased 9.7 percent in Kitsap County during the first three months of the year, outpacing the statewide growth in sales. Kitsap establishments reported $914 million in taxable sales in the first quarter of 2016, compared with $834 million in the first quarter of 2015, according to the state Department of Revenue. Retail trade sales (subset of retail sales […] Read more »

SAFE Boats International delivers first U.S. Customs and Border Protection Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV)

SAFE Boats International (SBI), a manufacturer of high performance aluminum boats located in Bremerton, Washington has completed the first Coastal Interceptor Vessel (CIV) on contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). A naming ceremony was held at SAFE Boats International facilities on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 to name the vessel the “Alexandria” as well as celebrate the first CIV […] Read more »

Opinion: Fast ferry benefits all of Kitsap

By Wes Larson and Steve Sego – The Kitsap Sun This November, Kitsap County voters will have the opportunity to approve a high-speed cross-sound ferry system linking North Kitsap, Bremerton and South Kitsap to downtown Seattle. These 30-minute crossings are first and foremost about having better access to jobs and economic opportunity for Kitsap County. It is also about alleviating traffic, providing better access to […] Read more »

Investment and Payroll Dollars Know No Boundaries

John Powers for the KPBJ When it comes to competing for economic development opportunities (new financial capital investment and new human capital – job creation activities) everyone’s parochial interests appear to be best served when those opportunities spring forward right in their own “economic backyard”. Yet, typically, such opportunities arise and grow in larger and more diverse economic backyards known as “regional economies”. Regional economies […] Read more »

Engineers trained in WSU’s program at OC are in demand

By Rodika Tollefson, The KPBJ While there’s currently an adequate supply of mechanical engineers statewide, some counties are seeing higher demand than others — and the field is projected to grow overall. According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, in Kitsap County the demand for this job is balanced. An estimated 545 mechanical engineers were employed locally in 2013 (almost 10 percent of the […] Read more »

Seattle home prices are driving some buyers farther afield

Blanca Torres,  Seattle Times With prices rapidly escalating in Seattle and the Eastside, some would-be homeowners are finding new answers, and extending the definition of what qualifies as a Seattle suburb. The list of cities some might call suburbs of Seattle now stretches to places like North Bend, Poulsbo and Cle Elum. More homebuyers are willing to trade longer commutes to buy a they can afford […] Read more »