The Blueprint Partnership began in January 2003 with the collaborative work of partner organizations and agencies interested in addressing the economic health and vitality of Snohomish County. Partner organizations and agencies which provided information crucial to the development of the Blueprint Partnership include: Cascadia Community College, Central Washington University, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Snohomish County Economic Development Council (now the Economic Alliance Snohomish County), Snohomish County Government, Snohomish County K-12 School Districts, University of Washington – Bothell, Western Washington University, and Workforce Development Council Snohomish County (WDCSC).

The clusters below were the initial focus of the early Blueprint Partnership. Clusters were categorized into three integrated strands: engines of economic activity, infrastructure, and support.

Original Clusters

The Blueprint Partnership became a highly effective road map for the shared work of partner organizations. The Blueprint Partnership reconvened in November 2006 to update and refresh the road map and take the partners’ shared efforts to the next level. In early 2007, the Blueprint Partnership unveiled a new image with updated clusters, shown below. Additionally, the Blueprint Partnership brought on additional partners, WDCSC hired a Program Manager to provide labor market research and produce Blueprint Partnership products, and the Blueprint Steering Committee and R&D Subcommittee began meeting regularly to develop and implement Blueprint-based action plans.

Blueprint Banner

The Blueprint Partnership voted in 2011 to add hotspots to select clusters. Hotspots are industries that reflect the character of Snohomish County, show exceptional growth and economic promise, and demonstrate a strong track record of innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. Additionally, retail and clean technology were added as clusters and all cluster names were updated to align with those used by partner organizations. The updated list of clusters and hotspots is shown below (not every cluster has a hotspot).


Cluster Hotspot
Agriculture Local goods
Business services Financial services
Information technology
Transportation and logistics
Clean technology  
Construction Green building
Heavy engineering
Manufacturing Aerospace
Retail Pharmacies/drug stores
Warehouse clubs/supercenters