Our focus is on attracting investment and pursuing jobs through retention, expansion and recruitment of primary businesses in this community that generate wealth, enhance the quality of life and embrace future generations.

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Cavalon Place II, 2021 NW Myhre Rd Ste 100, Silverdale, WA 98383 (833) 216-0373 john.powers@washington-aerospace.org
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About Us

Located 10 nautical miles from Seattle on the west side of Puget Sound, Kitsap businesses and residents enjoy proximity to one of the nation’s most vibrant centers of business and industry.

Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance (KADA)

KADA is an alliance of business and community leaders that works to attract investment and advance employment in the region’s rapidly expanding aerospace and defense sector. As part of KADA’s strategic plan, the alliance aims to educate and inform local businesses about aerospace and defense opportunities in the region.

Kitsap County ranks high in essential economic development Indicators: educational attainment and skilled workforce; development of intellectual property; per capita economic output; and, median household incomes. Our businesses thrive and prosper in a highly competitive marketplace.

Economic sectors: Kitsap is a recognized leader in several key regional economic sectors: maritime; military and defense; advanced manufacturing; healthcare; professional business services; technology; and tourism.

Workforce: A vast, skilled labor pool generated by the Navy, government contractors and commuters. Naval Base Kitsap employs over 32,000 military and civilian personnel, in addition to defense contractor operations. This sector creates a substantial pool of available talent.

Multi-Mode Access to Markets – Close proximity to rail, deepwater ports, airfields, and interstate highway system in uncongested traffic areas:

  • Easy access to I-5 and I-90
  • Five Points of departure aboard the nation’s largest ferry system
  • Expanding Fast Ferry routes to downtown Seattle
  • 1.5 hour drive time to Boeing Field & Sea-Tac International Airport
  • National airport (6200 foot runway – Charter & Corporate Jet Service)
  • 30 miles to deep water shipping ports
  • Rail connections to coastal ports
  • Access to deep water ports
Snapshot of Kitsap Military & Defense Economy

Kitsap County is home to a dense defense economy with 50% of its employment base (approximately 40,000 FTEs) tied to the military and defense industry, supported by an annual direct expenditure by the Department of Defense of $1.6 billion, or approximately $6,200 per Kitsap County resident. This spending generates an annual economic impact in Kitsap of $6.1 billion. Approximately 25% of all base-related jobs are in the field of engineering.

Highly Skilled Workforce & Access to High Demand Training
  • Home to Naval Base Kitsap, Kitsap County has the region’s highest concentration of engineering talent and educational attainment
  • Targeted aerospace education training and incentives
  • Top employer-led advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program in the state
  • Designated Washington Aerospace Manufacturing Community
Access to markets and complex supply chain
  • 20 nautical miles to Boeing Field and SeaTac International Airport
  • Direct access to rail, deepwater ports, airfields and interstate highway system
  • Shipping lanes throughout Puget Sound were designed to accommodate the largest Naval ships and are also used frequently for commercial shipping and transportation
  • Proven success in supplying multifaceted defense sector
  • Kitsap companies increasing access with new aerospace contracts and certifications
3400-acre Greenfield Industrial Site – PSIC- Bremerton
  • Largest in Seattle Region, adjacent to Bremerton National Airport (PWT) with 6,200-ft all weather runway
  • Designated Washington Aerospace Manufacturing Community
  • 10 nautical miles to Boeing Field, Paine Field and SeaTac; 30 uncongested highway miles to I-5 corridor
  • Puget Sound Industrial Center—Bremerton
    • One of 8 designated Manufacturing/Industrial Centers in the Central Puget Sound (Seattle) Region
    • Included in the South Puget Sound Foreign Trade Zone FTZ #216
    • Pad ready sites
    • PSIC-B / SKIA Certified Evergreen Building Permit Fee Rebate Program
      • New PSIC-B / SKIA Evergreen Certified developments may be eligible for a rebate between 75% and 100% in building permit fees only
    • Direct access to rail, deepwater ports, international airports & interstate highway system