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Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Business Retention and Expansion and Recruiting Services

The City of Seattles Office of Economic Development (OED) seeks partners with expertise and capacity to identify, engage, and support the retention and expansion of growth companies either through direct service or referral to a subject matter expert. OED is looking for respondents who have competencies in the identification and engagement of Seattle-based growth companies and/or the delivery of specialized business expertise to help these companies break through strategic and/or operational challenges to support their growth. For the complete Request for Qualifications (RFQ), click here.

Submission of your response must arrive no later than 5:00 p.m.(PST) on Friday, December 19, 2014.

If you have any questions about this RFQ, please contact Lance Randall at (206) 733-9743 or lance.randall@seattle.gov.

December 2014


Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Proposals (RFP)

The City of Seattles Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with Seattle Investment Fund, LLC, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture to make approximately $1,700,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish, making a positive contribution to the city's economic health, reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located, contribute to their vitality and empower business owners to organize around a common vision and attract investment.

The application is available on October 6, 2014 and is due 11:59 pm PST on Monday, November 3, 2014.

October 6, 2014

Seattle receives $28 million New Markets Tax Credits

Mayor Ed Murray announced today that the city's Office of Economic Development has received a $28 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation from the US Department of Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) to leverage additional financing in projects located in under-invested communities in Seattle.

"This allocation gives the city an additional tool to work with developers to bring community benefit to neighborhoods in Seattle," said Mayor Ed Murray. "These tax credits will help spur additional private investment in neighborhoods that haven't seen much investment since the recession. My appreciation goes out to Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for their ongoing support of this tax credit program and the city's economic development work."

New Markets Tax Credits ("NMTCs") attract private investment to important projects benefitting low-income neighborhoods. These developments and business expansions create healthy, vibrant, mixed-income neighborhoods, and provide residents with job opportunities, quality health care and human services, arts and cultural opportunities, and affordable housing.

"We work hard to ensure that NMTC projects create good paying jobs for Seattle residents," said Councilmember Sally J. Clark, chair of the Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee, and co-chair of the Seattle Investment Fund LLC. "Projects like Stadium Place, Retail Lockbox and INSCAPE have put people to work and benefited Pioneer Square, South Downtown and the Central Area. I look forward to expanding these benefits to our city with additional projects thanks to this new allocation."

Full Press Release here.

June 11, 2014

Mayor announces Only in Seattle $2 million investment in neighborhood business districts.

Mayor Murray joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners in Seattles Ballard business district to announce a $2 million investment in 18 neighborhood business districts as part of the Only in Seattle Initiative.

This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city, said Mayor Murray. Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.

Small businesses employ 72 percent of Seattles workforce and contribute 35 percent of the citys business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Our local neighborhood business districts serve as the location and incubators for many of the citys small businesses.

The Only in Seattle Initiative is a great complement to the citys neighborhood planning efforts that have happened throughout the years, said Seattle City Councilmember Sally J. Clark, chair of the Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency. These investments help the major players in neighborhood business districts execute concrete steps towards a common vision.

Full Press Release here.

April 1, 2014

Mayor recognizes Zombie Orpheus Entertainment for their innovative business model, commitment and engagement of their audience, and their support of Seattles local film industry

Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Zombie Orpheus Entertainment for their innovative business model, commitment and engagement of their audience, and their support of Seattles local film industry.

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) is a local multimedia production company dedicated to developing and producing fantasy, science fiction, and horror films that are accessible to all audiences. They strive to produce fun and original shows while creating a long-term sustainable film community with monthly production, able to pay cast and crews livable wages.

As an independent production company, ZOE utilizes alternative methods of funding for their productions, opting to crowdfund projects through Kickstarter. In doing so, they have grown their business every year by giving fans control over the direction and success of their shows, such as JourneyQuest and The Gamers Trilogy.

Full Press Release here.

October 31, 2014

Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications (RFA)


The City of Seattle through the Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with Impact Capital, Seattle Investment Fund LLC and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to make approximately $1,600,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish, making a positive contribution to the city's economic health, reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located, contribute to their vitality and empower business owners to organize around a common vision and attract investment.

Applications are due 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 to Beth Dufek at Impact Capital: Email: beth@impactcapital.org

Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.

For the complete Program Description, and Request for Applications (RFA documents), click here.

Informational Sessions
Two informational sessions will be held to answer questions about the program and the RFA. All are encouraged to attend one of these sessions.

Thursday October 3rd at 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Room 4070, 40th Floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower
750 5th Ave

Tuesday October 15th at 12 noon-1 p.m.
Room 4096, 40th Floor of the Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave

For more information, contact Beth Dufek (206) 658-2610 or beth@impactcapital.org or Theresa Barreras at (206) 864-4505, theresa.barreras@seattle.gov


Here are the downloadable application documents:
1) 2014 Only in Seattle Initiative Cover Page and Checklist (pdf)
2) 2014 Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications (RFA)
3) 2014 Only in Seattle RFA Appendix A
4) 2014 Only in Seattle RFA Appendix B
5) 2014 Budget Template
6) 2014 Action Plan Template

For frequently asked questions, click here.

October 2013

Mayor recognizes Nitze-Stagen and Daniels Real Estate for their catalytic neighborhood developments, and community stewardship as part of the In Good Company business recognition program


Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Nitze-Stagen and Daniels Real Estate for their combined long history of urban renewal and historic adaptive reuse in Seattle. Daniels Real Estate is a sister company of Nitze-Stagen and was formed in 2007 with the same senior team as Nitze-Stagen.

The companies shared mission is to develop complex and challenging dense urban commercial real estate projects that make significant impacts on the communities where they are located. With an emphasis on adaptive reuse as the most green, sustainable development option, Nitze-Stagen and Daniels Real Estate work on legacy projects that are as much about bringing value to a neighborhood as they are about the project itself.

Its critical for our economy to stay competitive by attracting and nurturing our biggest resource our people, and a critical part of that is having attractive neighborhoods, said mayor Mike McGinn. I applaud Nitze-Stagen and Daniels Real Estate for all the catalytic neighborhood development and historic preservation projects that they have invested in around our city, from Union Station to the Starbucks Headquarters, from the Cadillac Hotel to Stadium Place.

Full Press release here
In Good Company Nitze-Stagen business profile here

September 20, 2013

An Update on the Economic Impact of Coal Trains

The Community Attributes Report highlights a number of impacts to Seattle's residents and businesses. Read the full report here.
August 2013

Seattle Launches High-Performance Buildings Pilot

Allows tracking of real-time energy efficiency to help reduce costs and carbon emissions

Mayor Mike McGinn announced the High-Performance Buildings Pilot Project, a new smart buildings partnership between the City of Seattle, Microsoft and the Seattle 2030 District aimed at reducing power consumption through real-time data analysis of Seattle buildings. This pilot program will use information technology to analyze the performance of buildings in real-time, allowing building owners to drive energy efficiency into existing buildings, without costly retrofits and without disrupting tenants.

“This program will help businesses save money and help us reduce carbon emissions,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “By developing this technology here, we can help make Seattle a global leader in clean energy innovation. That’s something we can export around the world.”

The City of Seattle and Microsoft partnered with the Seattle 2030 District, a public-private collaborative of downtown Seattle property owners and managers that has established a 50% energy use reduction goal by 2030.

The pilot participants, which include the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, The Boeing Company, the Sheraton Hotel Seattle, and the City of Seattle’s Municipal Tower, will share performance results and drive public awareness of the potential for information technologies to help achieve energy efficiency and carbon neutrality.

Read the Mayor’s full press release here
Read Microsoft’s case study here
See Microsoft’s Infographic here

Mayor McGinn gives progress update on Seattle Jobs Plan, focuses on work ahead to support shared prosperity

Seattle job numbers at strongest level since 2008

Mayor Mike McGinn updated the public on the progress of the Seattle Jobs Plan, launched three years ago, and described future efforts to support job creation in Seattle. New or expanded initiatives in 2013 include Startup Seattle, expansion of the Pathways to Careers and Career Bridge job training programs, new efforts to streamline permitting for restaurants and cafes, and new infrastructure projects including Gigabit Squared broadband.

Seattle's April 2013 unemployment rate was 4.7%, the lowest unemployment rate for the city since 2008. It is lower than the state unemployment rate of 7.0% and the national rate of 7.5%. Between February 2010 and April 2013 the Seattle metropolitan areas job growth rate is 7.7%, outpacing the states growth rate of 5.8% and the U.S.s growth rate of 4.9%.

"This is great news for Seattle as we put the worst days of the recession behind us," said McGinn. "But we cannot coast on our success. We can look across America to see examples of cities that did not continue innovating new ideas and new jobs and fell into decline. The Seattle Jobs Plan will help Seattle move forward by providing job training to those who still need a good job, supporting new innovation, and investing in our great neighborhood businesses."

Read the full press release

Read the full Seattle Jobs Plan 2013 Report and Economic Indicators

The 2013 Mayor's Award for Achievement in Film goes to: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer Emeritus Digital Kitchen

Mayor Mike McGinn announced the 2013 recipient of the 8th Annual Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film: Paul Matthaeus, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Creative Officer Emeritus of Digital Kitchen.

"Paul's impressive filmmaking and commercial film career, his championship of Seattle as a thriving commercial film production city, and his commitment to the local filmmaking industry make him an obvious honoree this year," said Mayor McGinn. "I congratulate him on his work and thank him for being a leader in our local film industry."

The Mayor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement and reputation of Seattle as a filmmaking city. Read the full press release here.

May 15, 2013

Mayor recognizes The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. for its creativity, growth and community commitment as part of In Good Company program

Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Belltown-based The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company for their growth, creativity, and commitment to their local community on the 4th anniversary of the founding of their business.

Small business owners are the backbone of our local economy, creating jobs and supporting our neighborhoods, said Mayor Mike McGinn. Its inspiring to see the commitment that Yellow Leaf Cupcake owners Tony and Michael have to their Belltown neighborhood and local community, and the passion they bring to work every day.

A part of the Seattle Jobs Plan, the In Good Company program is an ongoing showcase of businesses that spotlights one locally-owned business every month for being unconventional, transformative, and exemplary. There are a lot of incredible businesses in Seattle, and if your business is recognized here, you know that you're in good company.

Watch the Yellow Leaf Cupcake Company business profile on the Seattle Channel and read the full press release here.

May 15, 2013

Summer fun is coming! City promotes resources to participate, volunteer and navigate summer events

It seems no city celebrates the return of sunshine and long days like Seattle. This years summer calendar of events proves the point with seemingly every day full of activities for people from all walks of life. So, whether youre interested in music, sports, visiting the waterfront for a Ferris wheel ride or a boat tour, arts or nakedness, there is probably an event taking place just around the corner that will make you think summer will last forever.

These gatherings encourage and support the interaction of neighbors, friends, families and strangers, increase the vibrancy of our neighborhoods, and provide positive economic impact.

Seattle in the summertime is a special place, and Seattleites love to get out and enjoy our beautiful surroundings and kick back, whether running a marathon, seeing a sporting event or taking in some local music, says Chris Swenson, Chair of the Seattle Special Events Committee. All of these special events are what help make Seattle the place it is, and highlight our unique neighborhoods and our community.

Here are three important resources to get you plugged in to all the activity and to know whats going on this summer and where:

  • Participate: City Special Event Calendar http://www.seattle.gov/specialevents/events.htm

  • Volunteer: https://www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/communityvolunteer.htm

  • Navigate: Travelers Information Map and the latest traffic alerts at http://web6.seattle.gov/travelers/


  • With long summer days and a short season of beautiful weather, most outdoor events in Seattle are squeezed into the summer months. Sometimes we have multiple large scale events happening on the same day. The Citys online Special Event Calendar has links to event details and route maps that can help you navigate getting to these events, and getting around town.

    Plan ahead for some upcoming big weekends and Fourth of July read the full press release and access City resources on the Special Events website

    May 14, 2013


    Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Funding Available for Small Business Lending with the City of Seattles Office of Economic Development

    The City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has designated $310,000 to be allocated for expanding its small business lending activities. OED will select a community-based lending partner through this RFQ to provide small business loans ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000 on behalf of the City.  For complete Request for Qualifications (RFQ), click here.
    Electronic submission of your response must arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Friday, May 31, 2013.

    May 10, 2013

    Mayor launches Startup Seattle Initiative to support local technology startup community growth
    City will hire startup business liaison, connect high school students with local technology opportunities and develop innovation hubs

    Leaders of Seattles startup community and the city of Seattle have teamed up to launch Startup Seattle, an initiative to support the growth of the Seattle technology startup community and establish Seattle as an internationally recognized home for emerging technology companies. Today, Mayor Mike McGinn hosted a press conference to announce the groups action plan at the downtown Seattle headquarters of Zillow, one of Seattles most successful startups in recent years.

    "Startup companies are an important part of Seattles innovative local economy," said McGinn. "Thats why we are working hard to support startup businesses that could turn in to the next Microsoft or Amazon. I thank all of our partners in this work to help support our local economy, which is growing faster than the rest of the region, state and country."

    "Economic recovery doesnt happen all on its own and this initiative is consistent with Councils economic recovery resolution calling for actions that make it easier to do business in Seattle," said Councilmember Richard Conlin.

    During the next year, the City plans to hire a startup business sector liaison, re-launch the resource website startupseattle.com, form partnerships with local organizations such as Code.org, Startup Weekend and Student RnD to increase access and connect high school students with local technology opportunities, and develop a marketing campaign to help attract talent to Seattle from across the country. In addition, the City will continue to support innovation hubs that make neighborhoods more attractive to early-stage technology companies and initiate a market assessment of real-estate needs for startups that will be used to guide new transit-oriented development in the University District.

    To learn more about StartupSeattle, visit startupseattle.com

    Read the full press release here.

    May 9, 2013

    Mayor, Council create Economic Development Commission
    Members will propose strategies for an innovative, sustainable and equitable economy

    Mayor Mike McGinn and Council President Sally J. Clark officially announced the formation of the Economic Development Commission (the Commission) to examine Seattle's ability to compete in the global economy of the 21st century.

    "Since I launched the Seattle Jobs Plan in 2010, we've been hearing from the people of Seattle who are building our recovery that they need responsive city government, a supportive regulatory environment, investments in infrastructure, and skilled workers," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "I'm looking forward to working with the Commission and the insights and ideas that they will bring to continue to build an innovative economy that is sustainable, that enhances our quality of life, and that helps more people share in our prosperity."

    Members of the Commission represent a cross section of business, industry and higher education to advise the Mayor and City Council on the development of plans, policies, regulations, and strategies that have substantial impact on creating and maintaining an innovative economy that is resilient, sustainable, and equitable.

    "We live in an amazing place with a startling number of innovators and great talent, and we can't take any of it for granted," said Sally J. Clark, Council President and chair of the Council's Committee on Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations. "This Commission will help us focus the City's role in supporting innovation and talent for shared prosperity."

    Read the full joint Mayor, Council press release.

    Learn more about the Economic Development Commission

    March 11, 2013

    Mayor recognizes Pacific Fishermen for resiliency, design innovation, environmental stewardship as part of In Good Company program

    Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Seattle-based Pacific Fishermen for its resiliency, design innovation, and environmental stewardship, all accomplished while simultaneously preserving Seattle's maritime legacy and representing Seattle's rich heritage.

    "In order for Seattle's economy to continue to grow, we need to nurture different types of businesses across a diverse array of industry sectors. Pacific Fishermen is an example of a company that is dedicated to maintaining the heritage of its industry and its owners," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "Implementing innovative new designs to protect and enhance the environment not only creates a sustainable future for the industry, but also demonstrates a commitment to environmental stewardship."

    A part of the Seattle Jobs Plan, the In Good Company program is an ongoing showcase of businesses that spotlights one locally-owned business every month for being unconventional, transformative, and exemplary. There are a lot of incredible businesses in Seattle, and if your business is recognized here, you know that you're in good company.

    OED has a longstanding relationship with Pacific Fisherman, including helping them secure stimulus funds for their environmentally sustainable sandblast and paint booth. Click here to watch Mayor Mike McGinn celebrate the projects unveiling in 2009.

    Watch the Pacific Fisherman business profile on the Seattle Channel and read the full press release here.

    March 8, 2013

    Mayor announces $1.6 million investment in neighborhood business districts

    Today Mayor Mike McGinn joined neighborhood business district leaders and local business owners at Maya's Mexican Restaurant in Seattle's Rainier Beach business district to announce a $1.6 million investment in 17 neighborhood business districts as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan.

    "Seattle's neighborhoods are one of the reasons we attract talented people and growing companies," said Mayor McGinn. "That's why investing in our dynamic neighborhood business districts is critical to our overall economic vitality."

    Small businesses employ 72 percent of Seattle's workforce and contribute 35 percent of the city's business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Our local neighborhood business districts serve as the location and incubators for many of the city's small businesses. The Seattle Jobs Plan specifically targets investment in Seattle's neighborhood business districts.

    "The Only in Seattle program is a great complement to the city's neighborhood planning efforts that have happened throughout the years," said Council President Sally Clark. "These investments help the major players in neighborhood business districts execute concrete steps towards a common vision."

    The Office of Economic Development (OED)'s Only in Seattle Initiative (OIS) is a partnership with Impact Capital, which supports investments in neighborhood business districts, and focuses on strategies to create healthy business districts.

    Read the Mayor's full press release for more information.

    February 7, 2013

    Seattle music legend Quincy Jones lends his voice to Sea-Tac Airport

    Your next trip to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport just got upgraded with the sweet, warm voice of legendary Seattle musician Quincy Jones. In Quincy's unique soulful style, he will be welcoming travelers to Seattle, telling them about the local music playing overhead, giving security advice, and even talking about the Airport's progressive environmental stewardship programs. Jones is the latest local artist to participate in The Sea-Tac Airport City of Music program, a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission, and PlayNetwork. The program enhances the experience of millions of travelers each year by combining overhead music from a diverse variety of Northwest artists, curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and a multi-channel web radio player available through the free Wi-Fi network. In addition to his announcements, you can also hear music from Quincy Jones on the airport playlist, which has grown to 400 songs from 150 Northwest artists.

    Read the Port of Seattle's press release for more information.

    January 23, 2013