Key Industries and Workforce Development

Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Key Industries and Workforce Development strategy focuses on creating a vibrant, balanced, and diverse economy that benefits all neighborhoods and communities that make up Seattle.

OED strategically focuses on the development and growth of key industries sectors including maritime, manufacturing, technology, life sciences, health services and construction. These key industries provide strong, wealth-generating economic opportunities throughout the region and careers with living wages and benefits. Additionally, OED focuses on talent development by working with labor, education, and employers to equip the local workforce with in-demand skills that meet industry needs, help businesses grow, and build pathways to rewarding careers.  

OED also represents the Mayor of Seattle, who along with the King County Executive, are the chief local elected officials (CLEOs) for federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA grants support employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth. CLEOs appoint a local workforce board and together, the CLEOs oversee the administration of workforce development services and provides strategic direction for workforce development programs. For more information about WIOA-funded services see the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.

Key Industries

Health Services 


Maritime, Manufacturing, Logistics 

Professional Services and Life Sciences 



Cross-Sector Initiatives

Creative Occupations 

Green Economy