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Economic Value of Your Port

Your Port of Skagit is the proud steward of approximately 2,075 acres of land within the port district – 1,964 acres on Bayview Ridge, 65 acres at the La Conner Marina, 42 acres at Conway and a small plot outside La Conner. These lands comprise light industrial property, heavy industrial property, agricultural land, high-value wetlands and open space.

Approximately 485 acres (25 percent) of Port-owned property is developable land. Currently, 221 acres are leased, leaving lots of room for future development. The average book value of one acre of developable land at the Port of Skagit is $65,898.

Why is this important? Because for every acre of port land that is leased, the community received these returns*:

 •$1,013,575 in direct business revenue

 • 5.2 direct jobs, with salaries 6.3 percent above the Skagit County average

 •Seven indirect jobs

 •$50,679 in state and local tax revenues

 •$6,911 annual land rent

*2013 figures

The Port of Skagit uses the revenue generated by its leases to pay overhead and to invest in income-producing assets. To ensure the Port of Skagit can continue to produce a high return on investment in the years to come, our economic development strategy focuses on recruitment of high-caliber companies that will create sustainable household wage jobs for people in Skagit County.

Getting Results

The Port of Skagit and its tenants at Skagit Regional Airport, Bayview Business Park, La Conner Marina and Conway industrial site contribute to the community in the following ways:

  • 1,153 direct jobs with an annual payroll of approximately $48.5 million;
  • 635 indirect jobs in Skagit County with an annual payroll of about $25.5 million;
  • Port properties are home to 83 business tenants that produce approximately $265 million in annual revenue;
  • The Port receives just 2.1 cents of each $1 in property tax collected in Skagit County;
  • With a millage rate of about 23 cents per $1,000 assessed value, the Port produces $39 in direct and indirect wages for each $1 of property tax it collects;
  • More than 60,000 annual operations at Skagit Regional Airport, including business, commercial and recreational aircraft;
  • More than a half-million air cargo packages handled per year at Skagit Regional Airport;
  • Nearly 3,000 overnight boat visits annually at La Conner Marina boost local tourist spending by nearly $550,000 a year.
  • Twenty-eight tenants and six neighboring companies receiving broadband communications service on the port’s fiber-optics network.
  • Port staff maintains a popular 10-mile nature trail system.

Updated December 23, 2014