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2011 Press Releases

The Reach of Washington’s Global Health Sector: Release of  Global Health Strategic Mapping and Economic Opportunity Portfolio

Today the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA) and City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) released their recently completed Global Health Strategic Mapping and Economic Opportunity Portfolio , which quantifies the remarkable reach of Washington’s global health sector, as well as identifies business opportunities for local companies in global health.

To view the full press release, click here.

September 13, 2011

City invests to revitalize historic INS building, preserve artist workspace

In a press event on September 7, Mayor Mike McGinn joined community and business leaders from the Chinatown/International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods to announce the city's investment in the INSCAPE project to revitalize the historic INS building at 815 Airport Way South.

To view the full press release, click here.

September 7, 2011

City invests in Bullitt Center - green investments part of Seattle Jobs Plan

Mayor Mike McGinn helped break ground for the Bullitt Center, a project of the Bullitt Foundation. The Bullitt Center is projected to be the greenest commercial building in the world, at 1501 East Madison Street.

To view the entire press release, click here.

August 29, 2011

Seattle is Innovating, Educating and Building Its Way Into the 21st Century: McGinn's Seattle Jobs Program Yielding Results

On the first year anniversary of the launch of the Seattle Jobs Plan, Mayor Mike McGinn joined business, labor, and community leaders to celebrate the progress made in the first year of the Plan and to talk about what is coming next in the City's efforts to support job creation in Seattle.

To view the entire press release, click here.

August 25, 2011

2010 Annual report highlighting the work of OED's growseattle Business Retention and Expansion program

2010 was the first year for this program. To achieve our goal of growing Seattle-based companies, we prioritized direct support to individual companies to help them access capital, expand into new markets, and navigate government.

We started the program in May of 2010 with a target of 500 businesses, and we conducted 478 visits, which is 96% of the 2010 targeted visits. Our report covers what types of services we provided, key issues and trends we saw with the businesses, and a few of our success stories.

To view the entire report, click here.

August 9, 2011

Only in Seattle marketing campaign highlights "hidden gems" in eight new neighborhoods

On July 27, 2011 the city of Seattle the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development (OED) launched the 2011 Only in Seattle marketing campaign, which is a celebration of Seattle's locally-owned "hidden gem" retail shops and restaurants that help shape Seattle's unique neighborhoods.

To view the full press release, please click here.

July 27, 2011

One-year highlight of Pioneer Square Revitalization Strategy reveals progress in broadband availability, crime reduction, and improvements to neighborhood

Last week, Mayor Mike McGinn provided a one-year update on the progress of Pioneer Square 2015, A Strategy for Seattle's First Neighborhood. This report, originally released in June 2010, laid out action items that would revitalize Pioneer Square as a destination for new jobs, residents, and nightlife. The mayor gave a progress update and also laid out his priorities for continuing this strategy in the next 18 months.

For the full press release, click here.

To view the one-year update of both the city and community actions of the Pioneer Square 2015, A Strategy for Seattle's First Neighborhood, click here.

To view the original Pioneer Square 2015, A Strategy for Seattle's First Neighborhood, click here.

June 15, 2011

Mayor announces new redevelopment coming to Capitol Hill

Mayor Mike McGinn announced an agreement between the City and Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) to make the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct parking lot available for redevelopment into a mixed-use, transit-oriented development to include affordable housing, retail, arts and community space. The announcement makes the lot available for future redevelopment for the first time. An announcement on funding details will occur later in 2011.

For the full press release, please click here.

June 1, 2011

Life Sciences and Global Health growth and activity in South Lake Union surpasses expectations

Today Mayor Mike McGinn met with stakeholders to discuss ongoing city actions to create jobs in the healthcare, global health and life sciences industries, and create opportunities for Seattle residents to earn these high quality jobs. An economic impact study of South Lake Union and an analysis of Seattle's life sciences and global health industries show continued growth in these sectors.

Click here to view the South Lake Union Development Update (2004-2010).

Click here to view the Strategic Situation Assessment - Positioning Downtown Seattle as a Growing Center for Life Sciences and Global Health Research.

For the full press release detailing the city's actions to continue to support these important industry sectors, please click here.

May 26, 2011

2011 Mayor's Film Award Recipient Announced: Jennifer Roth

Seattle's Office of Film + Music announced the 2011 recipient of the 6th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Jennifer Roth.

For the full press release, click here.

April 22, 2011

Seattle wins $11 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits

The United States Treasury announced that the City of Seattle received an award of $11 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits. These credits will be invested in commercial and mixed-use projects in neighborhoods where the economic need is greatest.

For more on the New Markets Tax Credit program, please visit

For the full press release, click here.

February 24, 2011

Mayor announces $1 million investment in neighborhood business districts. Seattle Jobs Plan funding improves business climate and creates jobs.

Mayor Mike McGinn joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners at Thompson's Point of View in Seattle's Central District to announce a $1 million investment in 18 neighborhood business districts as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Watch Seattle Channel's coverage of the event at Thompson's Point of View.

February 16, 2011