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2013 Press Releases

Seattle Launches High-Performance Buildings Pilot

Mayor Mike McGinn announced the High-Performance Buildings Pilot Project, a new smart buildings partnership between the City of Seattle, Microsoft and the Seattle 2030 District aimed at reducing power consumption through real-time data analysis of Seattle buildings. This pilot program will use information technology to analyze the performance of buildings in real-time, allowing building owners to drive energy efficiency into existing buildings, without costly retrofits and without disrupting tenants.
Read the Mayor’s full press release here
Read Microsoft’s case study here
See Microsoft’s Infographic here

Mayor McGinn gives progress update on Seattle Jobs Plan, focuses on work ahead to support shared prosperity

Mayor Mike McGinn updated the public on the progress of the Seattle Jobs Plan, launched three years ago, and described future efforts to support job creation in Seattle.
Read the full press release
Read the full Seattle Jobs Plan 2013 Report and Economic Indicators

The 2013 Mayor's Award for Achievement in Film goes to: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer Emeritus Digital Kitchen®

Mayor Mike McGinn announced the 2013 recipient of the 8th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer Emeritus of Digital Kitchen®. 

Read the full press release here.
May 15, 2013

Mayor recognizes The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. for its creativity, growth and community commitment as part of In Good Company program

Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Belltown-based The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company for their growth, creativity, and commitment to their local community on the 4th anniversary of the founding of their business.
Watch the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company business profile on the Seattle Channel and read the full press release here.
May 15, 2013

Summer fun is coming! City promotes resources to participate, volunteer and navigate summer events

Plan ahead for some upcoming big weekends and Fourth of July – read the full press release and access City resources on the Special Events website 
May 14, 2013

Mayor launches Startup Seattle Initiative to support local technology startup community growth

City will hire startup business liaison, connect high school students with local technology opportunities and develop innovation hubs
Leaders of Seattle’s startup community and the city of Seattle have teamed up to launch Startup Seattle, an initiative to support the growth of the Seattle technology startup community and establish Seattle as an internationally recognized home for emerging technology companies.

To learn more about StartupSeattle, visit 

Read the full press release here. 
May 9, 2013

Mayor, Council create Economic Development Commission

Members will propose strategies for an innovative, sustainable and equitable economy
Mayor Mike McGinn and Council President Sally J. Clark officially announced the formation of the Economic Development Commission (the Commission) to examine Seattle's ability to compete in the global economy of the 21st century.
Read the full joint Mayor, Council press release.
Learn more about the Economic Development Commission
March 11, 2013

Mayor recognizes Pacific Fishermen for resiliency, design innovation, environmental stewardship as part of In Good Company program

Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Seattle-based Pacific Fishermen for its resiliency, design innovation, and environmental stewardship, all accomplished while simultaneously preserving Seattle's maritime legacy and representing Seattle's rich heritage.

Watch the Pacific Fisherman business profile on the Seattle Channel and read the full press release here.
March 8, 2013

Mayor announces $1.6 million investment in neighborhood business districts

Today Mayor Mike McGinn joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners at Maya's Mexican Restaurant in Seattle's Rainier Beach business district to announce a $1.6 million investment in 17 neighborhood business districts as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan.

Read the Mayor's full press release for more information.
February 7, 2013

Seattle music legend Quincy Jones lends his voice to Sea-Tac Airport

Jones is the latest local artist to participate in The Sea-Tac Airport City of Music program, a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork. The program enhances the experience of millions of travelers each year by combining overhead music from a diverse variety of Northwest artists, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free Wi-Fi network. 

Read the Port of Seattle's press release for more information.
January 23, 2013