Bothell was mostly a bedroom community till recently, with the majority of its inhabitants working outside of the city. Beginning in the 1990s, various corporations established offices in Bothell, resulting in the creation of a regional employment hub with approximately 20,000 jobs. The Canyon Park and North Creek business districts are home to the majority of these establishments.
Amgen, Seattle Genetics, OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, CMC Icos, MDRNA, Blue Heron Biotechnology, Alder Biopharmaceuticals, Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, and Elitech (previously Epoch Biosciences and Nanogen) have all opened in Bothell. Bothell is also home to several medical equipment firms, notably Lockheed Martin Aculight and Philips Medical Systems. Ventec Life Systems is a medical equipment firm situated in Bothell that manufactures ventilators.
Leviton Voice & Data, AT&T, Kinesis, Systems Interface, Lockheed Martin, Silicon Mechanics, AVST, Boeing, SonoSite (acquired by Fujifilm), Panasonic Avionics Corporation, T-Mobile, Allocent, Parity Corporation, Teltone, and Google are all highly represented. In the early 2000s, Microsoft established a campus in Canyon Park.
Environmental engineering, electrical engineering, and civil engineering firms are all highly represented. Romac Industries, Emulex, North Creek Analytical, RH2 Engineering, ECS Engineering, Emulex, SNC-Lavalin, and Path Engineers are just a few of the companies that fall under this category.
The United States Army has a Reserve facility in the city’s northwest section. The Seattle Times relocated its major production facility to Bothell’s North Creek commercial zone in 2001, and national magazine publisher Scotsman guide Media has a presence in the city as well. Pacific Linen, a defunct retailer, was situated in Bothell until 1996.
The City’s 112-foot (34 m) Christmas tree was named the world’s tallest living Christmas tree by Life magazine in December 1962. But, in the late 1970s, the tree was attacked by illness, necessitating the removal of the top.
In 2007, between 5,000 and 7,000 people gathered at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Bothell Landing for a procession and outdoor performance in honor of local American Idol contestant Blake Lewis. (Source: Wikipedia)