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SUBJECT: Seattle named one of Kiplinger's 10 Best Cities

5/26/2010  10:00:00 AM

Seattle named one of Kiplinger's '10 Best Cities'
Personal Finance magazine cites Seattle's work force, creative energy

SEATTLE - Seattle today was ranked second in the nation by Kiplinger's Personal Finance in the magazine's new list of "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade."

The magazine writes: "Home to a well-educated workforce, a world-class research university, and innovators Amazon, Boeing, and Microsoft, Seattle crackles with creative energy. Also thriving is the life-sciences industry, a staple of the Seattle business scene, thanks to the University of Washington’s billion-dollar-a-year research budget and a cluster of topflight medical and bioscience centers."

Working with a researcher who studies economic prosperity, the magazine said it was looking to identify cities that encourage innovative thinking. On its website, Kiplinger's calls Seattle "Brain City" and quotes Steve Johnson, the city's Office of Economic Development acting director, saying Seattle is revising tax, zoning and permit policies to make them more business-friendly.

Kiplinger's news release is attached. For more information, see the magazine's July issue, on newsstands June 8, or its online package of stories at

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