Economic Development

GThomas.JPGThe City of Monroe is a community of approximately 18,000 residents serving more than 90,000 people located in and around the Skykomish River Valley. The City is strategically located just 33 minutes east of Paine Field and 15 miles east of Everett along the I-5 Corridor at the intersection of several major highways - US Highway 2, the second busiest east-west transportation corridor in Washington State; State Route 522 connecting Monroe to I-405 and Seattle; and State Route 203 connecting Monroe to I-90 and Snoqualmie Pass.

The City is uniquely positioned near major employment areas in King County including Woodinville, Bothell and Redmond as well as Interstate 405 (I-405). The Marysville Arlington Manufacturing Center is 30 minutes to the north. The City boasts its own major industrial and manufacturing area with easy access to SR522 and US 2 and a diverse retail area featuring big box stores, national restaurants and entertainment venues adjacent to US 2. The city is in the midst of a significant residential growth cycle with more than 1000 new single family residential homes constructed over the last five years.

Local businesses are vital to our community’s attractiveness as a place to live and work and are an essential part of Monroe’s continued success as a regional destination for the people of the Sky Valley and beyond. We look forward to working with you to make Monroe a place we are all proud to call home.

Economic Development Strategy Plan
Adopted by City Council December 2015

Monroe Downtown Revitalization Strategy

Economic Development Advisory Board

Economic Development/Tourism Promotion & Marketing Plans

Branding Plan

Downtown Master Plan

Visitor& Tourism Assessment

Business Monthly Newsletter

2018 Business Newsletters

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019


Demographic and Income

Market Profile

Business Survey Results

North Kelsey

Available Property Map

Fryelands & Industrial Lands

Monroe Industrial Lands Profile

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UNTIL JUNE 14, 2020

The time is now for private investment in Downtown!

Based on the City of Monroe Downtown Master Plan, the City has taken action to support private investment in downtown; create an attractive, unique place for people to shop and dine; and create community space for events. The City most recently allowed businesses the opportunity for outdoor dining and shopping, using the newly expanded walk-able streetscape. This provides opportunities that are different than what customers experience by shopping on the web or at convenience malls.

Downtown is UNIQUE! Let's capitalize on that.

While permits are still needed, to encourage private investment in Downtown Monroe, the City has temporarily waived permit fees in the Downtown Planning Area (see map on the back), reducing development costs to building owners, business owners, and developers. Now is the time to consider investing in projects, such as:

  • Façade restoration;
  • Interior enhancements;
  • Outdoor dining areas;
  • New awnings;
  • Signage upgrades;
  • Exterior illumination; and
  • Accessibility improvements.

What's next for Downtown? The City is considering:

Creating opportunities for off-street parking and events, such as a farmers' market.

Monroe is ready to help you!

The City is committed to assisting you with your specific needs so that we can strengthen our downtown together. Click the link below for waiver fee information.