Our Work

Current Initiatives

Seattle Center Arena

The City of Seattle and Oak View Group (OVG) negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to redevelop KeyArena into a world-class arena, ready for professional hockey, basketball, and music. This project includes a new entry atrium, below grade expansion for additional seating and circulation, a below grade loading dock, vehicular tunnel and parking for up to 400 vehicles to be provided below grade.

23rd Avenue Business Stabilization Fund

On Monday, February 22, 2016, Mayor Ed Murray announced the creation of a business stabilization fund to assist micro businesses affected by 23rd Ave construction. The fund will be focused on assisting micro businesses that have struggled the most during the project, with an emphasis on low-income business owners and those in danger of displacement.

Youth Employment

Compared to the City of Seattle's overall unemployment rate of 4.8%, Seattle youth ages 16-19 have an unemployment rate of 21%, and youth ages 20-24 hover around 10%. Seattle youth are missing out on vital work experience and income while employers are missing out on cultivating a future workforce. Summer job programs provide skills necessary for young people who otherwise would be left out of the labor market. First work experiences that teach professionalism, work readiness, and 21st century skills are critical in providing young people with a pathway to success and upward mobility. Youth employment has positive effects on lifetime employment, earnings and net worth.

Commercial Affordability

The current period of rapid economic growth threatens to displace small businesses unless the City takes action to help resolve the problem. In April, Mayor Ed Murray formed a Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee to evaluate the complex issues and recommend solutions in support of commercial affordability. On September 28, Mayor Murray presented the committee's recommendations and shared his commercial affordability action plan.


Seattle is experiencing unprecedented growth, with over 63,000 new jobs created in the last five years-and over 1,800 job openings for software developers alone in a one month period. To fill these jobs, the City of Seattle will help to train and place 350 people in tech jobs in 2016 and up to 2,000 people by 2020, in partnership with local tech employers.