COVID 19 has affected many aspects of everyone’s lives, from health to recreation to business and employment. But as Snohomish County continues to work towards improving public health and safety, job opportunities are beginning to flow back into the picture.
Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, opened a new Everett delivery station in January with plans to build 4 more of these sites around the Puget Sound area throughout 2021. Despite being partially automated, Amazon will be providing thousands of full-time and part-time jobs within the warehouse. Contracted delivery driving jobs will add thousands more as well.
Amazon announced in 2020 plans for new Amazon Campus offices in both Bellevue and Redmond. The multinational technology company is dedicated to continuing their investment in the Puget Sound region. In an Amazon News blog post, Amazon says they’ve, “…created more than 55,000 jobs in the region and we estimate that our investments have contributed to the creation of an additional 244,000 jobs on top of our direct hires.”
Visit www.amazon.jobs/en/ if you are curious about what employment opportunities are available in your area.
Beyond Amazon, the aerospace sector is gaining a fresh face with magniX. After consolidating their Australian and Redmond operations, the company is moving into a new 40,000 square foot headquarters in Everett. magniX develops electric aircraft motors for commercial airline use to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon emission footprint. As a leader in the clean-energy transportation world, magniX’s move to Everett has already resulted in new hires and more on the way.
Boeing recently moved production of the 787 to South Carolina, taking many jobs with it. From the Office of the Mayor, Mayor Cassie Franklin shared in a statement, “The impact of losing the 787 line here in Everett will be deeply felt throughout our community. We have been home to the Boeing Company and its workers and families for more than 50 years. Boeing has helped shape our character and culture as a city. We are incredibly sad to see our Dreamliner, and the team that worked on it, leave us.”
Boeing’s move has not resulted in a devastatingly traumatic shift to the Everett workforce as the company focused on minimizing the move’s impact on employees. And with several high-profile projects staying in Everett for the foreseeable future, Boeing remains present in the community.
But with new companies moving in and diversifying Everett’s workforce, we will see the city becoming less and less dependent on Boeing and where they decide to take their projects. Meanwhile, Paine Field received FAA AIP grants from the Port of Everett back in 2020 for refurbishing their taxiway and to update their Airport Master Plan, a guide for their long-term development over the next 20 years.
From the Port of Everett’s work in the air to their work by the sea, Everett will be seeing a boost in job opportunities as the Everett Waterfront redevelopment plan pushes past the massive fire that broke out at the Waterfront Place Apartments in July of 2020. As one of the most expensive fires in Snohomish County history, this blaze not only damaged the Waterfront Place Apartments, but neighboring structures and residential spaces as well. This means a major focus on rebuilding and construction as the waterfront continues to evolve, helping bring jobs to those displaced by the Boeing move, especially skilled workers.
The original 2009 redevelopment master plan envisioned transforming three former brownfield sites into urban spaces with townhomes, multi-family units, a movie theater, trails, a 3-acre park and a focus on restoring environmentally sensitive areas like our endangered wetlands. Once this new vision for the waterfront begins to take shape, we will be seeing more opportunities for retail, management, and hospitality employment as Everett poses to become a tourism destination.
Between these exciting changes and the new Quil Ceda Casino in Tulalip employing hundreds more, things are looking up for the entire North Sound area.