Economic Development Investment Board


The EDI Board was created to make recommendations to the Whatcom County Council to invest in economic development and public facilities, consistent with RCW 82.14.370, that further the goals for promoting the ongoing operation of business in Whatcom County: 

  1. Increase number of family wage jobs available to the citizens of the county
  2. Retain existing businesses within the county
  3. Facilitate the expansion of existing businesses
  4. Attract new business to Whatcom County
  5. Sustain the EDI program through repayment of EDI loans


  • On an as needed basis.  Meetings are requested by the County Executive
  • The next meeting is scheduled for September 29, 2021 (virtual meeting)


The Economic Development Investment (EDI) Board has 14 members.


  • 1 member from each of the following, appointed by the County Executive:
    • Agricultural community
    • Fishing community
    • Timber community
  • 1 representative each from:
    • Bellingham/Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce
    • Associate Development Organization (ADO)
    • Port of Bellingham
    • Public Utility District
  • 2 mayors of small cities, designated by the Small Cities Caucus
  • At-large appointee, by County Executive
  • Chair of the County Council
  • County Executive (Board Chairperson)
  • Mayor of Bellingham
  • County department head or official appointed by the County Executive

Term Limit -

Not subject to

     Current Membership Roster


Date of Formation

  • May 16, 2000

Additional Information