Posts for 'Economic Development'

MAKING THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT WORK

June 14th, 2012

The City is embarking on a three year program to support investment in the University District.  With construction of light rail from Husky Stadium to Northgate about to break ground, the U District is poised to take a major step forward as an Urban Center, and the City initiative is designed to help make that […]

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WALMART, SEPA, AND NEIGHBORHOODS

May 29th, 2012

The Council is working on changes to the way the City implements the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) in the regulatory reform legislation now under consideration.  The goal of this component of the legislation is to encourage development in areas that the City has identified for future growth by eliminating redundant regulations.  That means not […]

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UPDATING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

May 17th, 2012

On Monday, May 14, the Council adopted a resolution describing how we will carry out the second ever update of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan.  The Plan was first adopted in 1994, and then updated in 2004.  The next update is scheduled for 2015, and will respond to lots of changes in the City (for example, […]

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SEATTLE’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY STRATEGY IS WORKING

April 26th, 2012

In the last several recessions, Seattle has lagged the national recovery, sometimes by as long as a year.  But, in this recession, we are at the leading edge of recovery.  Washington’s official numbers show the state’s unemployment rate at 8.2% in February, about equal to the national average – but that the Seattle area rate […]

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MORE CITY FUNDS CAN BE DEPOSITED IN CREDIT UNIONS

March 22nd, 2012

Senate Bill 5913, sponsored by Senators Prentice, Hobbs, and Benton, was approved by the Legislature and will go into law on June 8.  The bill, which passed the Senate 43 to 2 and the House 80 to16, increases the amount of funds that governments can deposit in credit unions.  I suggested adding this legislation to […]

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HELPING BUSINESS BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE

February 8th, 2012

Seattle has a mission to become more sustainable, and we cannot attain that goal unless we work with our business community.  Fortunately, much of that community is in harmony with Seattle’s sustainability values, and we have forged many good partnerships.  We offer so many great services to help businesses, in fact, that it has become […]

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INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT (AKA ECO-INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT)

February 2nd, 2012

A partnership involving the City of Seattle, King County, the Port, and the State of Washington will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek innovative proposals for industrial development ideas that have been challenging to implement due to regulatory, policy, or financial issues.  This is the first step in a project for adding […]

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION CREATED

January 4th, 2012

On Monday, December 12, the City Council unanimously approved Council Bill 117362 creating an Economic Development Commission to advise and provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on plans, policies, and regulations to promote sustainable and equitable economic development and job creation in Seattle. This Commission is an implementation step for City Council Resolution […]

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RESTAURANTS WILL BE FIRST TEST OF REFORMING THE CITY PERMIT PROCESS

December 8th, 2011

City Departments have taken the first steps towards the reform of our business permit process, in response to a Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) included in the 2011 budget.  The initial step will be to test a new way of processing restaurant licensing, and it will be underway early next year. The SLI that my […]

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‘ONLY IN SEATTLE’ CAMPAIGN EXPANDED!

October 6th, 2011

The City’s ‘Only in Seattle’ campaign implements the Council’s Economic Recovery strategy (Resolution 31135, adopted in May, 2009), which called for a ‘Buy Local’ campaign to help Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.  We included this because we know that local businesses are critical parts of our community, and that dollars spent locally stay in the local […]

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