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Welcome to the Office of Economic Development's Website

Welcome to the Office of Economic Development (OED). Our office works to maximize Seattle's potential as a thriving hub for businesses, jobs, robust neighborhoods and economic opportunity for everyone in our city.

We are committed to creating a vibrant economy which benefits the whole city by promoting access to economic opportunities for all of Seattle's diverse communities.

Our business development efforts seek to create jobs and foster a diverse array of industry sectors. Our "Business Services Team" helps individual businesses get their projects done. Our community development programs are revitalizing Seattle's distinctive and diverse neighborhoods. Our workforce development initiatives meet the needs of low-income job seekers and employers.

We wish you success and hope our website will support your work.

Steve Johnson
Director
206-684-8090
steve.johnson@seattle.gov
Office of Economic Development

Department Mission

To create a robust economy and broadly shared prosperity, the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development is committed to balancing economic growth with the pursuit of economic and social justice.

We help create a vibrant economy which benefits the whole city by promoting access to economic opportunities for all of Seattle's diverse communities.

We support economic development that is financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. To achieve these ends, we are innovative and action-oriented, and work effectively with our partners to ensure maximum impact.

Connecting Business, Community and People

The City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) is an executive office of City of Seattle municipal government.

OED works chiefly through partnerships with community-based organizations, community lending institutions, community colleges, individual businesses, and industry associations and business organizations. By providing support to local organizations serving Seattle's diverse communities, OED leverages its resources and accesses the talents of many people to maintain and enhance our city's economic health.

OED invests money from a variety of sources -- the City general fund, federal dollars, foundation grants -- into economic development activities. Our staff provides program management, policy planning and other services to assist specific enterprises or groups of firms, neighborhoods and individual Seattle residents.