A. Introduction

A healthy economy plays an important role in ensuring Kirkland remains a vibrant, sustainable, and connected community for living and working. The purpose of the Economic Development Element is to establish the goals and policies for economic growth and vitality that will enhance the City’s character and quality of life.

This element describes Kirkland’s economic role locally and within the context of East King County and the Central Puget Sound regional economy. This element discusses the importance of business retention and recruitment, the types of businesses and jobs to be encouraged to address future economic needs of the community and priorities – while accommodating employment growth targets for the year 2035.