Posts for 'Budget and Economic Development'

2012 BUDGET ADOPTED BY COUNCIL

November 22nd, 2011

On Monday, November 21, the City Council unanimously adopted the 2012 Seattle Budget, including some significant additions to the human services budget, and some other changes to the Mayor’s proposal.  However, as I suggested in my initial blog post on the budget, there were not a lot of major new initiatives, largely because 2012 is […]

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BUDGET 2012 – WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

October 5th, 2011

Mayor McGinn has now presented a proposed 2012 budget. The Council will take October and most of November to review and evaluate the Mayor’s proposal, and will vote to formally adopt a 2012 budget in mid-November.

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MAYOR’S 2012 BUDGET – WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR

September 23rd, 2011

Next Monday, September 26, Mayor McGinn will present a proposed 2012 budget in Full Council. It’s important to remember that the Mayor and Council have already endorsed a budget for 2012 a year ago (the City is on a 2-year budget cycle), but the Mayor will propose adjustments to meet changed financial and economic circumstances. Traditionally, these midterm adjustments have been relatively modest.

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COMMUNITY CENTER REINVENTION – CAN WE SAVE MONEY AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY?

August 3rd, 2011

The Parks Department took a major hit in the 2011 budget and lost dozens of employees – but it could have been worse.  The Mayor’s proposed budget would have converted three community spaces to offices and cut drop in hours by up to 80% at five community centers proposed for ‘limited use’, with no plans […]

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CITYWIDE BUSINESS ADVOCACY TEAM FORMED

May 23rd, 2011

In response to the Council’s Statement of Legislative Intent 24-1-A-1, approved as part of the 2011 Budget Ordinance, on May 17 eight City Departments reported to my Regional and Sustainable Development Committee that they have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a Citywide Business Advocacy Team (CBAT).  The goal of the CBAT is to […]

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TECHNOLOGY SAVES MONEY!

April 26th, 2011

The City Clerk is required to post a number of legal notices, including about all legislation approved by the Council.  Some types of legislation are required to be printed in full in a “daily newspaper of general circulation”, to be selected by competitive bid.  Over time, the two requirements had evolved into the policy of […]

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ECONOMIC RECOVERY INITIATIVE LAUNCHED BY COUNCIL

April 21st, 2011

On Monday, April 18, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 31282, which outlines guiding principles, key priorities and actions for achieving economic renewal and development in Seattle.  Our goal is to use this action plan to advance City and regional recovery, as the recession wears on.  In previous recessions, Seattle has lagged behind the national recovery […]

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: GM NAMEPLATE KEEPS 500 JOBS IN SEATTLE

March 24th, 2011

This month GM Nameplate, Seattle’s largest manufacturing employer, announced that it will keep its headquarters and primary manufacturing location along 15th Avenue West between Queen Anne and Magnolia.  This is good news for Seattle, as it keeps 500 jobs in the City. Despite its name, GM Nameplate is not affiliated with the General Motors Corporation.  […]

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‘ONLY IN SEATTLE’ BUY LOCAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

February 7th, 2011

The Council’s Economic Recovery strategy (Resolution 31135, adopted in May, 2009) included calling for a ‘Buy Local’ campaign to help Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.  We know that local businesses are critical parts of our community, and that dollars spent locally stay in the local economy and generate more dollars and jobs as they circulate. The […]

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COUNCIL SETS PRIORITIES FOR 2011

January 19th, 2011

On Monday, January 10, the Council announced our priorities for 2011, and reported on our accomplishments for 2010.  The Council priorities are the issues that we will put major attention into during the year.  They do not include all of the issues we will work on, but the ones that we jointly see as of […]

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