Mayor Murray Celebrates National Manufacturing Day, Awards $100,000 to Grow Manufacturing Businesses

Mayor Ed Murray today celebrates National Manufacturing Day with an announcement that Industry Space Seattle, LLC will receive a $100,000 award to create an incubator to benefit multiple emerging manufacturing businesses.

Industry Space Seattle owns 47,500 square feet of industrial space to be used as an incubator to develop startups and emerging industrial businesses within Seattle’s industrial core. They plan to use the funds to rehabilitate industrial property into shared space where emerging manufacturers will have access to heavy equipment and common office space. The Industry Space building is located in South Park at 8009 7th Ave. S.

“Seattle has a proven history of making things that change the world,” said Murray. “I’m proud to support Industry Space Seattle, a project that shows Seattle’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Maritime and manufacturing businesses are vital to our economy, and this repurposed industrial facility will help the next generation of businesses thrive.”

The city of Seattle sought a proposal to promote networking, information sharing, and mentoring among co-located, early-stage manufacturers.

Johnny Bianchi, owner of Industry Space Seattle, LLC called the project “a win for Seattle’s manufacturing community,” saying that “the funds will help spur innovation and allow companies to emerge that may not have been able to manage the initial costs of space and equipment on their own.”

Business owners are already benefitting. Hans Hofstee, owner of HGH Metalworks, a small metal fabricator, moved his business into the Industry Space building in April 2015. “Thanks to the building’s heavy lifting capacity, compressed air, and access to heavy power, I was able to spend money on the machines I need, rather than improving a new space,” he said. “I look forward to a long future at Industry Space where I can be part of building a community and building Seattle.”

The award is funded by fees generated by the city’s New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program, a federal tax credit financing tool. NMTCs attract private investment to important development and business projects benefitting low-income neighborhoods.

“It’s smart for Seattle to invest in emerging local businesses that grow our economy,” said Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto, Investment Committee member of Seattle Investment Fund LLC, the city’s NMTC entity. “The fees collected from NMTCs are an innovative way to support these businesses.”

Seattle’s manufacturing sector represents a wide range of subsectors, including maritime, industrial machinery and fabricated metal, aerospace, printing and publishing, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, home and office furnishings, food and beverage production, construction, transportation, and wholesale distribution.

Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications Available Now

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with Seattle Investment Fund, LLC, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS) to make approximately $1,600,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative in 2016. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish, make 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 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 via the online grant system. Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.

Review the links below to apply:

Apply today!

Public Meetings
Two public meetings will be held to answer questions about the program and RFA. All interested applicants are encouraged to attend at least one session. If you are unable to attend and have questions about the RFA, please contact the Only in Seattle team directly.

Wednesday, October 7 at 10 am
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave Floor 60, Room 6070
Seattle, WA 98124
Register here

Wednesday, October 14 at 4 pm
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S, The Board Room
Seattle, WA 98144
Register here

For more information, contact:

Theresa Barreras, Business Districts Manager at (206) 684-4505 or

Heidi Hall, Business Districts Advocate at (206) 733-9967 or

Mikel Davila, Business Districts Advocate at (206) 386-9748 or

Request for Letters of Interest – Youth Employment Intermediary

Mayors YEPThe City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) seeks an entrepreneurial organization highly motivated to deliver improved employment results for our area’s young people. Seattle’s high youth unemployment rate of 13% stands in stark contrast with the area’s accelerated growth. Mayor Murray wants to see more youth gain critical “first-time” employment experience by increasing opportunities in the private sector and through an improved matching system between employers and youth.

OED will make available a minimum of $450,000 to $600,000 (contingent on City budget approval) to be disbursed over two years to lead the start-up and ongoing management of an intermediary function to link employers and youth to paid internships and jobs. OED is issuing this Request for Letters of Interest and will undergo a competitive process to determine the best investments.

View the complete Request for Letters of Interest

Download the Cover Sheet

Letters of Interest and Cover Sheets are due to Nancy Yamamoto by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.  For more information contact Nancy Yamamoto at 206-684-8189 or

Only in Seattle Newsletter – September 2015

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • Peer Network;
  • Rainier Beach Art Walk;
  • Free Business Speed Coaching;
  • Central Area Block Party;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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OED and Wayfind Announce Free Small Business Legal Clinic

wayfindThe Office of Economic Development and Wayfind are proud to announce

A Special United Way Day of Caring
Small Business Legal Clinic
(FREE Legal Consultation with an Attorney)

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Time: 45 minute appointments, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Avenue, South, Seattle

Sign up to meet with a lawyer, at NO COST, and ask them your legal questions about
your business. There will be attorneys with expertise in the following areas:

  • Starting up your business or nonprofit
    • Which type of legal entity should you become? Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Limited Liability Corporation, Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Nonprofit
    • Incorporation
    • Obtaining 501c3 tax-exemption for Nonprofits
  • Contracts
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property (Protecting your name and logo)

Only 40 appointments available! Register now by emailing:
Jennifer Tam at City of Seattle, OED –

To qualify for the clinic, clients must be at or below 80% of King County Median Income.
Please be prepared to confirm your income eligibility.

Wayfind thanks partners who are participating in this UWKC Day of Caring Small
Business Legal Clinic:

  • United Way of King County
  • Microsoft
  • Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
  • Ventures
  • City of Seattle, Office for Economic Development
  • MercyCorps NW

Request for Proposals (RFP) – Regional Green Business Program Administrator

ProgramEnvirostarsLOGOhiqual_SMThe City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, on behalf of a newly formed regional partnership, is seeking proposals to become the Program Administrator for the EnviroStars Regional Green Business Program (RGBP). This is a three year contract of approximately $700,000.00. The purpose of the RGBP is to take a regional approach to create an overarching brand and implement technology tools to help local businesses and building owners access environmental services and track and measure outcomes.

Proposals are due at 4:30 p.m. PST on Friday, September 25, 2015 to Lance Randall at the Office of Economic Development 700 5th Ave Suite 5752. Seattle WA 98104.

View the complete Request for Proposals

Check out the answers to questions we’ve received

Seattle to Open Pike/Pine Corridor to Pedestrians on Capitol Hill Saturday

Mayor Ed Murray, the Office of Economic Development, Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Police Department with Capitol Hill Housing announced a collaboration to temporarily open sections of Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor to pedestrians.

The pilot will close a portion of Pike Street on Capitol Hill to motor vehicle traffic on Saturday nights throughout August, increasing pedestrian access in the corridor.

“On these beautiful summer Saturday nights, we want to explore a new opportunity to come together as a community,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “We are going to create a new experience in the heart of one of our most vibrant neighborhoods. As we add music and art, Capitol Hill residents and visitors alike will enjoy a fun and safe atmosphere.”

“This is an exciting piece of a much larger economic development strategy to support a strong, 24-hour economy in Capitol Hill,” said Brian Surratt, Director of the Office of Economic Development. “We’ve been working closely to support both daytime and nighttime businesses who are excited to see what we learn from this pilot.”

“I’ve been impressed with the city’s willingness to work so closely with the stewards, residents and business owners of Capitol Hill on this project. We are a strong and diverse neighborhood, but our needs are changing,” said Shan Foisy, Founder and Creative Director of Capitol Hill business The Soup Standard. “I believe this pilot has everyone’s best interests at heart and I’m excited to see what comes of it.”

• On August 8 and 15, Pike Street between Broadway and 12th will be closed from 10 p.m. to approximately 3 a.m.

• On August 22 and 29, Pike Street will close at 8 p.m., and local businesses and community groups will provide programming that will include a yoga demonstration, drag show, and live string music as people head home. The street will reopen at approximately 3 a.m.

• During the closures, adjacent side streets (10th and 11th Avenues) will be local access only.

• Passenger loading and unloading will occur outside the closure area. Suggested passenger load zones (PLZ) for Taxi/Uber/Lyft include three (3) PLZs on 12th Ave. between Pike and Union, and one (1) PLZ on Union between 11th and 12th.

“Our officers are excited to be able to provide this opportunity to our community,” said East Precinct Captain Paul McDonagh. “When we work together to create a new and exciting community spaces, we make our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”

Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative develops nearly 2000 opportunities for Seattle youth

DSC00095 - CopyMayor Ed Murray recently announced that his Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative has created nearly 2,000 positions for young people across the city, from summer jobs through Seattle Parks and other City agencies, to internships at private-sector employers. Financial support from private donors generated twice as many opportunities for Seattle youth as last year.

“In this year’s State of the City, I called for double the number of positions for Seattle youth,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Our private-sector leaders are expanding the youth employment program with new opportunities and energy. Through these partnerships, young people will develop new skills for success in the workplace, building toward a bright future.”

To support the effort, JPMorgan Chase awarded the City of Seattle $500,000 over two years to fund youth internships and deliver national best practices to increase employer engagement in the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative. Russell Investments and Russell Wilson’s Why Not You Foundation have pledged an additional $75,000 to fund internships.

OED interns speak with the press.

OED interns speak with the press.

“I can think of no better way for the private sector to invest in our city than by embracing our youth,” said Councilmember John Okamoto. “Employers participating in the Mayor’s initiative are developing talent that will drive our economic future.”

Starbucks Coffee Company has hired interns this summer, along with other private sector contributors, including Amazon, Bank of America, The Boeing Company, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Google, Ivar’s, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Swedish Medical Center, and Vulcan.

In Seattle, the youth unemployment rate is over 13 percent and for low‐income youth and young people of color, it’s even worse. Nationally, youth unemployment is 12.1 percent in June 2015, double the 5.3 percent national average.

“As a major employer and partner of our K-12 schools, community colleges, and non-profit workforce training providers, JPMorgan Chase views closing the Skills Gap and providing meaningful career pathways to good paying jobs as two of the most crucial issues of our time,” said JPMorgan Chase Chairman of the Pacific Northwest, Phyllis Campbell. “We feel our support of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative is an important way we are helping to build the long-term success of the local economy.”

This year, through the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, eligible youth and young adults will receive paid work experience in positions at various city departments and at private sector placements based on their career interest. To date, the City has identified 1,972 positions and expects to surpass the goal of 2,000 opportunities well before the end of the year.

“When you give a young person their first summer job, you’re opening up a pathway to meaningful employment and lifelong opportunity,” said Blair Taylor, chief community officer for Starbucks, which is participating in this year’s program and plans to hire 10,000 disconnected youth across the U.S. by 2018. “This is ultimately about coming together to provide the skills, training and job opportunities young people need to participate in the 21st century economy.”

Employment opportunities for young people not only provide needed income and skills training, they can result in healthier, safer lives for youth. In one Chicago study, for example, young people from high-crime neighborhoods were nearly half as likely to be victims of violent crime when they had summer jobs.

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative has been able to leverage $855,080 of private sector funding to match the $2.5 million investment of the Human Services Department’s General Funds. These contributions were critical for expanding this year’s summer youth employment program, and to further expand the program moving forward.

“Russell Investments is proud to support the much-needed Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative,” said Len Brennan, president and CEO of Russell Investments. “Increasing employment and internship opportunities for Seattle’s youth continues a nearly 80-year tradition of helping improve the quality of life for people in the communities where our associates live and work.”

The summer internship program is open to youth and young adults, ages 14-24 who live in Seattle. In 2015, Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative received over 3,700 internship applications, up from 432 youth applications last year—an increase of 81 percent.

It is expected that the demand of young people seeking employment will continue to grow in the coming years.

To ensure that all eligible youth are able to participate in the program, the City of Seattle is inviting additional employers to participate either by hosting internships next summer or during the school year. If employers are unable to host interns, they can contribute to the pool of funds to pay the wages of students placed at other companies.

Request for Proposals: Manufacturing Incubator

Innovative Incubator to Help Grow Manufacturing Businesses

Mayor Ed Murray has announced a $100,000 Request for Proposals (RFP) for a partner to help develop a manufacturing incubator that will benefit multiple emerging or expanding manufacturing businesses.

“Seattle is known for innovation and we see creativity happening in every sector of our economy,” said Murray. “This incubator will help local manufacturers find new ways of doing business, foster new ideas, and develop new partnerships.”

Download the RFP

Seattle’s manufacturing sector is a vital contributor to the city’s economy and in itself, represents a wide range of sub sectors, including maritime, industrial machinery and fabricated metal, aerospace, printing and publishing, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, home and office furnishings, food and beverage production, construction, and transportation and wholesale distribution.

Unlike other sectors, manufacturing businesses have more complex, and often more expensive space, infrastructure and equipment needs, making it difficult for small businesses in this sector to take root. These funds will help emerging and expanding manufacturing businesses overcome these cost barriers, establish themselves, and contribute to job growth.

“A manufacturing incubator will build essential connections between emerging entrepreneurs and support new collaboration in the manufacturing sector,” said Mark Morel, vice president/co-owner of Morel Industries, a Seattle-based foundry. “When our partners, suppliers, and customers are stronger, we are stronger.”

Additionally the incubator space can be critical for cultivating a collaborative environment for entrepreneurial development. A key outcome of this RFP is the creation of an incubator that consists of co-located, intentionally selected tenants with the goal of encouraging the manufacturing of complimentary goods, networking, sharing of information, and mentoring.

The objectives of this partnership are to:

  • identify, catalyze, or provide incentives for incubator projects that will benefit manufacturing businesses;
  • utilize shared equipment to reduce costs and create affordable space for new and existing small manufacturers, allowing them to grow and collaborate;
  • retain and create new employment in the manufacturing sector; and
  • expand the number and diversity of successful businesses in Seattle’s manufacturing sector.

This manufacturing incubator is funded by fees generated by the City’s New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTCs”) program, a federal tax credit financing tool. NMTCs attract private investment to important development and business projects benefitting low-income neighborhoods.

The City’s Office of Economic Development created the Seattle Investment Fund LLC (SIF) in 2008 to participate in the NMTCs program with the goal of attracting financing for catalytic business and real estate projects in Seattle’s under invested communities. The SIF earns program fees through the NMTCs program. A portion of these fees is set aside to invest in small businesses in Seattle.

Examples of commercial and business projects using these tax credits are: Stadium Place, Retail Lockbox, Bullitt Center, INSCAPE building, and the Pike Place Market renovation. Fees on these investment projects have allowed the City and SIF to support small business growth, including: façade improvements for businesses in the Chinatown/International District, the Central Area, Columbia City, and Othello Business District, and also additional small business lending activity through the Office of Economic Development and the National Development Council’s Grow Seattle Fund.

“Investing in emerging local businesses that create products right here in Seattle is smart business for the City,” said Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto, Investment Committee member of the Seattle Investment Fund LLC. “Our local manufacturers range from food and beverage makers to metal fabricators, and it’s great that the City and the Seattle Investment Fund LLC are using the fees from our New Markets Tax Credits in an innovative way to support them.”

Information Sessions and Application Deadline:

The Office of Economic Development will provide two information sessions to assist potential applicants in preparing their submissions. This will provide the opportunity for applicants to ask any questions regarding project criteria and the RFP process. Sessions will be July 22, 2015 and August 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development’s office at 700 Fifth Avenue, Ste 5752.

Download the RFP

Deadline for submission of proposals is no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 4, 2015.

A total of $100,000 of funds is available to recipients that meet the qualifications of this RFP.

For more information about this RFP, please contact AJ Cari, Business Finance Specialist at the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, (206) 684-0133, or

Seattle Working to Expand Green Business Program

Seattle’s Green Business Program has teamed up with King County, the City of Bellevue, the City of Kirkland, Puget Sound Energy and others to better coordinate existing green business programs to deliver simplified, technology-friendly, cost-effective access to “green” services for businesses.

The regional program is based on the California Green Business Network (CAGBN), and aims to be a one-stop-shop of online resource of best practices and a customized service referral system for businesses.

Businesses will access a web portal, input basic information about their business, and receive a tailored menu of green actions. Services such as technical assistance, rebates, and recognition will be available from participating government and private/non-profit partners, and through a public-facing directory on the website.

“A regional collaboration to support business access to environmental services will be a great win,” said Matt Galvin, CEO and Co-owner Pagliacci Pizza. “It is often confusing and challenging to navigate what is available for our locations throughout the Puget Sound region.”

Key features will also include coordinated business outreach and public relations under a common brand. The program will make it easier for businesses and building owners to engage with existing city, county, and utility programs to implement green practices and receive technical support. The partnership will also help consumers connect with participating green businesses.

As part of Seattle’s overall commitment to sustainability, the Green Business Program has been helping local businesses install hundreds of sink aerators and efficient toilets, provided hundreds of spill kits and free waste audits and assisted with energy efficient improvements. These utility savings reduce businesses costs and gain a competitive edge, while contributing to a clean and healthy community.

To keep updated on the progress of this effort, visit Seattle’s Green Business Program.