The Port of Seattle and King County announced this week that they are exploring the potential for developing an International Public Market (IPM) facility in South King County, and they’re seeking public input.

An IPM is a central retail location where independent vendors or retailers can sell foods and products, often with a cultural or geographic focus.

This facility has the potential to advance King County as a leading tourism destination and expand economic opportunities in near-airport communities and within the County.

“A well-developed IPM can be a civic resource – supporting economic development and entrepreneurship for growing businesses,” the Port said. “Designed to encourage retail business with stalls, booths, or shops, IPMs support local access to goods and foods that are culturally representative of the region and create gathering spaces for locals and tourists alike.”

The Port and County have partnered with New Venture Advisors (NVA) to conduct this feasibility study.

Take the Survey by July 31, 2023 

“Are you a potential vendor or a resident who would be interested in shopping at the International Public Market? We want your feedback on what you would like to see  included in this public market concept.”

Click here to take the survey

Questions About the Project? 


  • Annie Tran, Economic Development Manager, Port of Seattle: [email protected]
  • Ashton Allison, Director of Economic Opportunity at Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine: [email protected]

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