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Why Seattle Thrives (Slide Show)

Higher Education

Seattle boasts several leading educational institutions -- including the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and a number of other degree-granting colleges. The University of Washington alone has over 40,000 employees and is one of the top recipients of federal research dollars.

The UW has been crucial in launching some 170 businesses in the past 20 years, including Zymogenetics, Immunex, Microvision, Micronics and Lumera Corporation.
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