A top regional employer contributes to the Snoqualmie Valley
The Snoqualmie Tribe is located in central King County, Washington, near the birthplace of its people, the Snoqualmie Falls. Without a promised territory for a century and a half, it struggled to provide for its people. Today, things are getting better. The Tribe’s enterprises and government programs employed around 1,760 people in 2015, paying about $73 million in total employee compensation. While these employment opportunities are especially important to Snoqualmie tribal citizens, they are also meaningful to the nearby cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie. The Tribe’s economic activity generated $33.4 million in state and federal tax revenue in the Snoqualmie Valley in 2015, and $44.9 million statewide. The Tribe also supports local nonprofits, contributing $5.3 million from 2010 to 2015 to health, youth and family, environment, and arts programs. Because the Tribe’s casino brings a disproportionate number of its customers from the Seattle metro area, it is a significant net contributor to the Snoqualmie regional economy.