Economic Development

Economic development and the success of our business community is of prime importance in University Place!

Take a look at the support structure developed to facilitate business success. Discover demographic information about University Place and see how your business fits in our community.  Find out who to call and where to go for assistance and support!

Economic Development Office
This City office exists to promote economic vitality in University Place – and local business success is critical to that goal! Get to know us!

Becky Metcalf Business Outreach Liaison 253.460.5442


University Place Demographics
What is the demographic make-up of the City of University Place?  What is the mix of ages, genders, and racial backgrounds?  Where do they work? What is the average income of residents?  To learn these and many other interesting facts, check out the University Place Urban Profile.

Economic Development Advisory Commission
This Commission consists of community members who are committed to seeing businesses succeed and thrive in University Place. Meet the members, and learn how this Commission operates.

Economic Development Strategic Plan/Goals

Economic Development has been driven by carefully crafted Strategic Action Plans that respond to changes in demographics, the economy and business concerns and needs. Two previous plans provided guidance for the years 2007-2011 and 2012-2016. In 2017, the Subarea Plan was developed and adopted.  This Plan forms the basis of Economic Development goals and workplans for 2018 and beyond.