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About the Only in Seattle Initiative

About OIS

The Only in Seattle Initiative resources community stakeholders, business and property owners, and local organizations to implement activities in five key areas that help achieve economic development outcomes determined by the community. Learn more about the Only in Seattle Initiative


Only in Seattle Initiative Grants

OIS Grants and Funding

Looking for funding for your business district? Learn about our Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Application process. Explore additional funding opportunities in Tools and Funding.  


BIAs: Business Improvement Areas

SODO Business Improvement Area mural

Businesses and property owners together establish BIAs to pool funds and pay for services that benefit their business district.


Tools & Funding

Cortona Cafe, Seattle

These resources will help your business district connect with training providers, generate ideas for increasing foot traffic, seek additional funding, and make decisions based on data about your neighborhood.


Explore Business District Wins

Flowers 4 U, Seattle

From business advocacy to safety improvements to new uses for historic buildings, find out what Seattle's business districts and BIAs have achieved.


Business District Organizations

Map of Business Districts
From business advocacy to saftey improvements to new uses for historic buildings, connect with Seattle's business districts and BIAs to learn about their achievments. 


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Only in Seattle Marketing Campaign

Only in Seattle marketing website

The Only in Seattle marketing campaign celebrates the authentic, home-grown local businesses that make Seattle's neighborhood business districts vibrant and unique.

Check out the website to find stories that will connect you to a collection of Seattle treasures - independently-owned and operated retail stores and restaurants - and to the authentic, historic, and diverse neighborhoods in which they thrive.

Explore Seattle neighborhoods on the Visit Seattle website.


Economic Development

Markham McIntyre, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5752, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94708, Seattle, WA, 98124-4708
Phone: (206) 684-8090
Phone Alt: (206) 684-0379
Fax: (206) 684-0379

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The mission of the Office of Economic Development (OED) is to help create healthy businesses, thriving neighborhoods, and community organizations to contribute to a robust economy that will benefit all Seattle residents and future generations.