Posts for 'Economic Development'

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS AND EMPLOYMENT

June 14th, 2013

On Monday, June 10, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will encourage employers to fully consider all job applicants without ruling people out because of possible criminal background. The purpose of the law is to give the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate that they have been rehabilitated and secure employment, instead of […]

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STARTUP SEATTLE SUPPORTS NEW TECH COMPANIES

May 28th, 2013

Seattle has launched a new project to support the growth of the Seattle technology startup community. The project, which is being developed in cooperation with leaders of the tech and venture communities, is another step in keeping Seattle’s economy growing. It is part of ensuring that Seattle continues to be one of America’s leading cities […]

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DUWAMISH CLEANUP JOB TRAINING PROGRAM

May 23rd, 2013

The Duwamish Superfund cleanup is moving into the next phase of activity, as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its preferred alternative. Over the next three weeks, comments are being taken on the proposal, and we expect EPA to make a final decision in the next few months. In the meantime, I have been […]

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Sound Transit 2012 Accomplishments 2013 Plans

February 20th, 2013

Sound Transit has entered an extraordinarily busy time, with new light rail construction entering a whole new phase of activity. The connection from downtown to the University of Washington is moving towards completion; the extension to Northgate and Lynnwood is actively proceeding; light rail to Bellevue and Redmond is in design; and light rail south […]

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EMPLOYMENT GAINS IN SEATTLE

September 20th, 2012

Last month, the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) published final employment data for the region for 2011.  They showed that Seattle has become the driver for economic recovery in the region, with employment growth far exceeding that of other areas.  While total employment in the region increased by only 1% (from 1,673,000 in 2010 to […]

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SHOULD THE CITY INVEST IN THE SODO ARENA?

August 7th, 2012

The City Council is considering whether it should approve public financing to support the construction of a new arena south of Safeco Field.  It appears likely that constructing a new arena to bring an NBA basketball team to Seattle can be done without City participation.  The land is zoned to permit its construction, and the […]

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SOUTH LAKE UNION SETS THE TABLE FOR GROWTH MANAGEMENT

August 3rd, 2012

Since the revisions to the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan and its designation as an Urban Center, South Lake Union (SLU) has led the City in developing new jobs and housing, just as was hoped.  By investing in infrastructure there, the City has successfully encouraged this development.  This year, the Council will consider additional rezones […]

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LIVING BUILDING ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS

July 31st, 2012

The Council has unanimously adopted changes to the ‘Living Building Challenge Pilot Program’ that will tighten the qualifications for participation and provide additional incentives for builders to participate in the program.  We expect at least one additional building to be able to proceed into construction as a result of this change. The Living Building ordinance […]

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REGULATORY REFORM PACKAGE APPROVED BY COUNCIL

July 24th, 2012

On Monday, July 23, the Council unanimously approved Council Bill 117430, a regulatory reform package that makes a series of modest changes to land use regulations.  Consistent with Economic Recovery Resolution 31282, adopted in 2011, these changes will promote economic development by making regulatory processes less convoluted and allowing more creativity in business locations and […]

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INDUSTRIAL JOBS COMING BACK TO SEATTLE

June 26th, 2012

Seattle’s long range strategy for encouraging manufacturing is paying off, as Forbes magazine, in a recent article, rated the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metropolitan Area as the top area for manufacturing growth in the nation over the last five years. Manufacturing employment is growing around the country, as industries realize the opportunity for ‘reshoring’ industrial activity.  Much of […]

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