Key Industries

The Office of Economic Development is committed to supporting a vibrant, balanced, and diversified economy that benefits individuals across all income levels in Seattle. We work closely and collaboratively with leaders from across Seattle's industry sectors to sustain a strong, diverse economic base.

OED focuses strategically on the development and implementation of strategies to promote growth in key industry sectors including maritime, manufacturing, life sciences, global health, IT, restaurants, and clean technology. Read below to learn more about our programs and staff supporting several of these key industries. 

Food Industry

Cashier at Cortona Cafe serving a customer

We support entrepreneurs, business owners, and workers in various sectors of the food industry including restaurants, food trucks, catering businesses, farmers markets and special events.


Startup advocate and user experience intern leading an ideation exercise for the Startup Seattle website

We help innovators and entrepreneurs connect to resources so that they can build, launch and fund their big ideas.

Clean Tech

Sphere Solar Energy panels installed on Hellbrent Brewing Company

Do you need help to design, build, or expand your clean energy company? Curious about City policies that support clean energy entrepreneurs? Explore our Clean Energy Resource Map.