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Newsletter for January 31, 2010

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100+ attend January launch of City Business Casual

More than 100 people attended the launch of OED's City Business Casual last week at Polar Bar in downtown Seattle. The monthly event series is designed to facilitate collaboration and open information exchange between the Seattle business community and important city leaders and officials. Mayor Mike McGinn joined OED's Acting Director Steve Johnson and Seattle City Councilmembers Richard Conlin, Jean Godden, Tom Rasmussen, and Mike O'Brien at this exciting new event. Thank you to everyone who attended! Anticipation is already building toward next month's event on February 25th, so please save the date! For more information, contact Yvonne Newson at.

Mayor recognizes OED-supported workforce program

This month, Mayor Mike McGinn recognized the work of an innovative OED-supported weatherization training program that prepares low-income workers for employment in the energy efficiency sector. The January 27th recognition event, which took place at South Seattle Community College's Georgetown campus, honored the accomplishments of the program's inaugural graduating class of 18 students. To develop the program, Seattle's Office of Economic Development worked alongside the Seattle Jobs Initiative, South Seattle Community College, and many local industry employers to design a specially-tailored curriculum, build a state-of-the-art weatherization lab, and pre-screen program applicants for work readiness. In addition to practical job training, graduates from the program will receive career-focused support services from Seattle Jobs Initiative as they pursue employment in the energy efficiency sector.

OED releases final Rainier Valley retail report

OED is pleased to share the final Rainier Valley retail development report, an OED-financed study of the retail environment in Southeast Seattle that also proposes action items for local businesses, residents, and organizations interested in diversifying and improving available services. The report supports OED's current revitalization work in Rainier Valley business districts. OED looks forward to working with community based and neighborhood business district organizations in the coming years to implement these recommendations and increase the availability and diversity of retail goods and services in Rainier Valley.

Seattle is one of 18 cities in official U.S. World Cup bid

The USA Bid Committee announced this month that it will include Seattle as one of 18 host cities that it will submit to FIFA as part of the United States' bid to host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022. Two Seattle-area stadiums are under consideration by the committee as potential locations for World Cup play: Qwest Field (67,000 seats) and Husky Stadium (72,500 seats). The USA Bid Committee will make a choice between the two venues by May 2010; FIFA will award the World Cup host nation in December 2010.

Seattle is home to the nation's 14th best job market

A new study from job search engine reports that Seattle is the nation's 14th-easiest city in which to land a job. According to the study, Seattle had 5.10 unemployed individuals per advertised job in January - a significant improvement over December, when the city had 5.33 unemployed people per advertised job. Recent coverage from the Puget Sound Business Journal corroborates's findings, reporting that 10 of the state's largest employers currently have nearly 2,500 job openings - a sign that companies are continuing to hire even as the recession dampens Washington state's overall economy.

Prosperity Partnership examines Puget Sound's clean tech cluster

A new report from Seattle-based Prosperity Partnership, "Clean Tech Cluster Analysis Update for the Puget Sound Region," examines the market potential of the rapidly growing clean tech cluster in the Puget Sound. The report was commissioned to provide more accurate and timely information about the size and scope of the cluster, as well as the specific industries within the cluster and its strengths and potential for growth. The Prosperity Partnership hopes that the report will serve as a platform from which the region can move into more comparative analysis, evaluation, and development of a strategy to maximize competitive advantage in the growing industry.


Join Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith for a community seawall discussion - Feb. 3rd

This Wednesday, February 3rd, join Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall for a discussion on the Elliott Bay seawall replacement. From 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., Deputy Mayor Smith and representatives of the Seattle Department of Transportation will welcome guests and present information on the seawall replacement project. Following the presentation, Smith and SDOT will take questions and comments from the public. For more information, contact Seawall Project Manager Stephanie Brown at 206-386-4635 or via e-mail at

Safety conference addresses crime impact in downtown Seattle - Feb. 25th

Join the Downtown Seattle Association on February 25th for an interactive Q&A discussion on safety issues in the urban core, and learn about new strategies to curb crime, open-air drug dealing and aggressive panhandling across the city. Speakers include Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes.

2010 GoGreen Conference teaches sustainable business practices - April 21st

Learn about the latest in sustainable practices for your business at the 2010 GoGreen Conference in downtown Seattle. The one-day conference, presented by the City of Seattle, is designed to educate, motivate and inspire aspiring and established business owners and professionals to take actionable next steps toward sustainable practices in the workplace. The conference features over 50 speakers, including cutting edge eco-visionaries, sustainability experts and forward thinking individuals who will discuss the best ways to go green at work.