Innovation Center Project

TheLab@arlington

The NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) has established a hub for innovation in Everett "theLab@everett" and is collaborating with the City of Arlington, City of Everett, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, and Everett Community College, SnoCoMakers and  Everett Community College AMTEC.  The Arlington Innovation Center "theLab@arlington"  will be a branch from the hub in Everett.  The focus region for NWIRC includes Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, and Island counties.  This region has unique economic growth potential through entrepreneurs, inventors, and start up businesses. A network of innovation centers will provide resources for a strong innovative region and a more vibrant economic climate from existing businesses and start ups.

For more information:
Diane Kamionka, NWIRC Director
Phone: 360-739-2968
Email: dianek@nwirc.com



The Vision for an Innovation Center 

The 2015 North Stillaguamish Valley Economic Recovery Plan includes goals in these areas: Infrastructure, Industries and Employment, Workforce Development, Resilience and Sustainability, Placemaking and Rural Innovation. Arlington and Darrington’s involvement in the America’s Best Communities Competition furthered our commitment to create an economically stronger community with the goals in the plan.

Creating an innovation center provides co-working and incubator space for entrepreneurs of all industries and  will provide access to services and education resources.



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The Renovation Project 

The City of Arlington requested State funding in the 2018 Capital Budget to renovate the 1940s service station that is located at 404. N Olympic Avenue  in downtown. In late 2017, when the property became available,  the City of Arlington jumped at the opportunity to purchase this rare main street property to further the economic redevelopment plan of downtown.

The plan was to create an innovation center and business incubator, and the property will also serve as a public pocket park with restrooms and a bicycle parking lot. 2018 State Capital budget funding of $45,000 was allocated for the pocket park and $266,750 for building renovation.  TRICO Companies LLC was awarded the contract in 2020 and phase 1 reconstruction was completed in June 2020. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Lopez at slopez@arlingtonwa.gov.