Mayor Ed Murray Welcomes Largest Shipping Vessel in U.S. History to Seattle

The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin made history Monday morning by becoming the largest ship to ever port in Seattle. The ship is also the largest vessel to ever port in the United States.

Larger than the Columbia Tower and longer than 5 Boeing 747s, the CMA CGM is quite a sight to be seen.

Mayor Ed Murray was on hand to greet the ship, along with Seattle Fire’s Leshi. Several Council members were in attendance as well, including Council President Bruce Harrell, Councilmember Tim Burgess, Councilmember Debora Juarez and Councilmember Rob Johnson. 007

Terminal 18 is one of the few ports in the world large enough to host a ship of this size. The Port of Seattle and the regional maritime industry has been preparing to host so-called “super ships” for some time.

During the ceremony to welcome the vessel to Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray spoke about the importance of the maritime industry to Seattle because of the solid middle-income jobs the industry produces. He reconfirmed the City’s commitment to the industry and called the Benjamin Franklin, “incredible.”

The Northwest Seaport Alliance generates $1.1 billion in direct income, $2.4 Billion in induced income and $554.3 million in indirect income, for a total of $4.1 billion in total income & re-spending in the region.


Murray calls for creation of stabilization fund for Central Area businesses during 23rd Ave. construction

Murray calls for creation of stabilization fund for Central Area businesses during 23rd Ave. construction

Mayor Ed Murray with SDOT Director Scott Kubly, OED Director Brian Surratt and Neighborhoods Director Kathy Nyland (left to right)


Mayor Ed Murray announced that he will work with the City Council to create a new business stabilization fund to assist local businesses affected by delays and extreme construction impacts from the 23rd Ave. road reconstruction project.

Murray also directed City departments to conduct a new evaluation through a race and social justice lens to determine if the project should continue as currently designed and whether it would lead to significant displacement of local businesses. SDOT will also conduct a review of the construction phasing and schedule to consider other ways to proceed with construction of the project to have less of an impact.

“I’ve gone to 23rd Ave. and inspected the project, and I’ve met with several of the small, family-owned primarily minority-owned businesses in the area. It is obvious that the project is having serious impacts on those businesses. It is obvious that they need help. That is why today I’m proposing the creation of a business stabilization fund to help those businesses survive,” Mayor Ed Murray said. “I’ve heard allegations from some members of the community that the work on 23rd is really an attempt to push out the existing, largely African-American owned businesses to pave the way for the gentrification of the neighborhood. That has never been the intention. This project is supposed to provide better and safer infrastructure so the community can grow and thrive. But given those allegations, the City will make a new assessment of the project to examine carefully its race and social justice impacts, to ensure the project actually benefits the community. If it does not, we will end it.”

Working with the City Council, the Mayor will propose a new 23rd Ave. business stabilization fund focused on assisting locally-owned small businesses that have struggled the most during the project, with an emphasis on low-income business owners and those in danger of displacement.

“I wholeheartedly thank the Mayor for working with the City Council on this issue, and Councilmember Sawant for bringing this issue to the Council’s attention,” said Councilmember Lisa Herbold. “Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts committee will facilitate a conversation with SDOT and the Office of Economic Development to learn more about mitigation options available for stabilizing the Central Area businesses during the 23rd Ave. construction.”

“Small businesses – especially those owned by people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community – are often left out of the political calculus of City Hall. Through organizing and activism, the 23rd Ave. small businesses have won mitigation,” said Councilmember Kshama Sawant. “I want to thank the Mayor and Councilmembers for working with me on this issue.”

“I appreciate the Mayor finding the resources to respond to the businesses who are struggling right now. As the city grows and changes, it is critical we do so in a way that doesn’t displace our longstanding businesses and residents,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien. “As chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, I look forward to working with the Mayor to examine our policies going forward to mitigate the impacts to local businesses during major transportation infrastructure projects.”

The potential revenue sources for the stabilization fund are twofold:


  • $400,000 in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) dollars that have already been allocated to the City can be made available on a one-time basis without disrupting other City funding priorities; and


  • Up to $250,000 in funding that can be made available from the Seattle Investment Fund, which was established to award and oversee federal New Market Tax Credits in support of local development projects. The Fund earns fees through the allocation process, and support to distressed businesses is consistent with the Fund’s purposes


In addition to the new stabilization fund, Mayor Murray ordered that all affected businesses on the 23rd Ave. corridor, for the duration of the project, will be eligible for deferred payment of bills and fees, including:


  • City utility bills,
  • Annual Business permits,
  • Annual signage permit fees, and
  • City portion of B&O tax.


Under the Washington State Constitution (Article VIII, Section 5 and 7), local governments are prohibited from gifting local tax dollars to private entities. The new 23rd Ave. stabilization fund announced will use federal CDBG dollars and New Market Tax Credit fees which are not subject to this prohibition. A past example of when Seattle used CDBG dollars to assist local, low-income and minority-owned businesses was in the Rainier Valley to create the Community Development Fund during the construction of light rail along Martin Luther King Ave. in 2006-2009.


The new stabilization fund is being proposed by the Mayor in recognition of the unexpected and significant disruptions from the construction project after it began. In the fall of 2015, a design error by a private vendor resulted in a three-month delay. This delay caused changes to the originally planned project phasing. Instead of a multi-phase project where new city blocks would not undergo lane closures until previous blocks were re-opened, the result is that more of the corridor is currently under construction at one time. This represents significant and new impacts to the neighborhood, such as limited access to more storefronts at once and a greater decline in foot and car traffic than originally anticipated and promised to the community.


The proposal of a new stabilization fund also reflects the City’s renewed commitment to equitable development. According to a 2015 Growth and Equity analysis the Central Area is considered an urban village that is particularly at high-risk of displacement factors.


Designed in 2013, the 23rd Ave. improvement project was intended to improve safety and mobility for drivers, pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists. It was to include wider sidewalks, improved transit speed and reliability and build new street lights. To take advantage of another capital need, a 100-year-old water main was to be replaced at the same time as the road project so the neighborhood would not have to undergo multiple construction projects. Before construction, 23rd Ave. reported 900 collisions in five years (4 fatalities), had narrow and uneven sidewalks, was rated “very poor” for pavement conditions.


City to Enhance Support for Businesses along 23rd Avenue Corridor Project

At the direction of Mayor Ed Murray, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Office of Economic Development (OED) announced today project improvements and community financial assistance to support businesses impacted by the 23rd Avenue Corridor Complete Streets Project.

Responding to community concerns about the project, the City of Seattle will reorder its construction schedule to reopen 23rd Avenue between South Jackson Street and East Yesler Way in March, earlier than the currently scheduled April/May re-opening of those blocks. The Office of Economic Development is providing $102,000 of new funding as part of the Only in Seattle Initiative. This builds on recent grants of $220,000 for economic and cultural development projects.

“As we reconstruct 23rd Avenue, we will do more to respond to the needs and concerns of business owners, with marketing assistance, improved signage and individualized consultations. We want all of our Central Area businesses to succeed during the disruption,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “When the project is complete, neighborhood businesses and residents will enjoy a more walkable, active atmosphere with improved access to shops and services.”

To minimize business impacts as much as possible, SDOT will dedicate an inspector to the 23rd Avenue project to closely monitor contractor construction activities, and to hear and respond directly to business concerns. The department will additionally audit its construction closures, detours and signage to ensure impacts to the neighborhood are minimized. To ensure that customers are aware of open establishments, SDOT will create and post street signs specifically tailored for local businesses.

The Only in Seattle Initiative works with businesses, property owners, and other community leaders to organize around a common vision for a business district and attract investment. The $102,000 grant supports a group of business and community leaders that have come together as the Central Area Collaborative to align and expand community focused efforts. Similar efforts in neighborhoods like Pioneer Square have used this funding to bring fun activities to city parks, in Chinatown-International District they supported businesses through the Lunar New Year and Dragon Fest, and in Othello they launched a neighborhood brand that celebrates their international community. In the Central Area, the Collaborative wants to support small businesses with programs like Hack the CD and Black Dot arts and business co-working space.

Additionally, OED has dedicated staff working with businesses impacted by construction. They provide one-on-one consultations and help design business specific plans to help them operate during periods of construction. Additional services include marketing through print and digital sources, if appropriate help with qualifying for the City’s WMBE directory, and assistance with events to draw more traffic to the neighborhood, to name a few.

The City is investing $43 million along 23rd Avenue to upgrade its transportation infrastructure, which will better serve residents and businesses along the corridor. When completed, the corridor will feature new pavement, improved and widened sidewalks, new streetlights, upgraded traffic signals, consolidated bus stops to improve transit speeds, a new water main to replace a 100-year-old water main, public art near 23rd Avenue and E. Union Street, and a new greenway adjacent to 23rd Avenue that will be a safer route for people to bike and walk.

During the project, SDOT and OED have focused on maintaining customer and supplier access to businesses, keeping establishments informed about project developments, encouraging business patronage, supporting community events to bring customers to the neighborhood, and securing a grant to support advertising for local businesses.




Director Surratt’s Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of a Person-Oriented Economy


Mayor Ed Murray’s Office of Economic Development Director, Brian Surratt shared his reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “person-oriented” economy.

When Mayor Ed Murray appointed me as director of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, it was a powerful moment for me and my family.  I know the unique challenges many African-American men experience as we navigate, struggle and attempt to thrive in our country.  From an early age, my father drilled into me and my brother that we must work harder, be smarter, and dream bigger to overcome the institutional racism that remains our nation’s original sin.  Few people have the honor and opportunity to help shape the economic future of a city as dynamic as Seattle, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the countless civil and human rights champions who paved the way for me so that I could serve as public servant.  This is a burden I proudly accept.

And yet, even as I work hard to support Mayor Ed Murray’s vision for a prosperous, innovative economy, I share his deep concern for those left behind. Despite the many successes African Americans have achieved in Seattle, the past still haunts us and many current policy failures continue to hold us back.  The impacts are real: graduation rates are lower for people of color; people of color are more likely to die by gun violence; discrimination is rampant in employment and housing; and backbreaking poverty and its effects, especially on children, dehumanizes us all.

In 1967 Dr. King said, “We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society.” When I think about an economy that puts people first, I think about one that is intentional about resolving the disparities people of color face.  When we resolve the issues facing the most disadvantaged, we will lift everyone up.

A person-oriented economy is one that rewards innovation that makes our children smarter, our planet healthier, and our communities more livable. In a person-oriented economy, a worker can earn a wage that affords them a good life, a home, healthy food and college educations for her children.  When we shift towards this philosophy, our economy—our people—will be stronger.

Putting people first will help heal the wounds of the past, address our most pressing challenges, and give us a future where anyone who wants to can design a life they are proud of.  Mayor Ed Murray and I are committed to this vision and we are looking forward to partnering with the business community, labor, educators, and all those who want to shape an economy that builds a more prosperous future for all Seattleites.

Mayor’s Youth Employment Intern DeAndre Coulter Heads to State of the Union

DeAndre Coulter with Chief O'Toole and Mayor Ed Murray

DeAndre Coulter with Chief O’Toole and Mayor Ed Murray


DeAndre Coulter, an intern at the Office of Economic Development, will join Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole in Washington D.C. this week for President Obama’s final State of the Union address.

From the Blotter:

The White House today announced that Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole will be in attendance for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama. Chief O’Toole will be seated in the First Lady’s Box.

Since being selected by Mayor Murray to lead the Seattle Police Department in 2014, Chief O’Toole has overseen a department that is now moving forward on a number of reforms and implementing new policies – becoming a national leader on the issue of reform. Last year, SPD presented policies at the White House Police Data Initiative as part of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Increased public transparency with a six-month pilot program for body-worn cameras to which the Department of Justice awarded SPD $600,000 to expand the program.

“Under the leadership of Chief O’Toole and through the commitment of the men and women who serve in the department, SPD has made significant strides towards reforming our department and becoming a national model for urban policing. Across the nation, communities are looking to Seattle and the reforms we’ve made regarding training, transparency and accountability,” said Mayor Murray. “While we still have much more work to do, it’s a strong statement that the Administration is recognizing Seattle’s leadership on this national priority during the President’s final State of the Union. I am also pleased that DeAndre Coulter, a participant in my Youth Employment Initiative, will be accompanying the Chief for this historic occasion.”

“I’d like to thank Mayor Murray for giving me the opportunity to lead the Seattle Police Department. SPD has come a long way in the last two years and is now at the forefront innovation. While others are contemplating reform, we’re well down the road and our efforts are paying off,” said Chief O’Toole. “This recognition by the President of the United States and the visit last summer by Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks volumes about the hard work and dedication of the men and women of SPD and the Seattle community. I’m truly honored to attend the State of the Union representing Mayor Ed Murray, SPD, the Seattle community. I thank the President and First Lady for their invitation. ”

At the invitation of Mayor Murray, DeAndre Coulter a Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative Intern who participated in the Summer of Safety, the city’s coordinated approach to public safety providing jobs for youth and young adults will accompany Chief O’Toole to Washington, D.C.

“As one of the thousands of young people in Seattle who have benefited from Mayor Ed Murray’s Youth Employment Initiative, I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to watch President Obama’s final State of the Union Speech from the White House. Since I was a young child, I wanted to be a positive male role model for my younger siblings and I wanted to make my mom proud. I’ve worked hard in school and sought opportunities like my internship at Mayor Ed Murray’s Office of Economic Development. I hope my story will serve as an inspiration to not only my siblings, but to young people throughout this country. Work hard, seek opportunity and opportunity will find you” said DeAndre Coulter. DeAndre will watch the State of the Union at the White House along with other distinguished guests.

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET

Seattle Companies at CES


CES is ramping up in Las Vegas, and Seattle companies are out in force. Here are few Seattle-based companies we’re following:

Picobrew (@picobrewbeer)

Seattle-based Pictobrew boasts they created the “World’s first all-grain, fully-automatic, beer brewing appliance.” What could be more Seattle than that?
Gemio (@gemio)

This writer remembers friendship bracelets that were, um, low-tech… or rather no-tech. But Gemio, a Seattle-based company has reinvented the tradition with their light-up and friend-synched networked friendship bracelets.

Ram Mounts (@RAMMOUNTS)

It makes sense Ram Mounts has their roots fully planted in Seattle, where tech-savvy outdoorsy customers love using their USA made products to mount their gadgets to cars, bikes, and more.

Glympse (@glympse)

Glympse lets you share your location in real time with who you choose. Big things are happening for Glympse, including integration with Ford.

Glowforge (@glowforge)

Glowforge made history with the largest three-day crowdfunding campaign in history. Now the laser 3d printing company is working to bring their unique printers to the market.

Real Networks   (@RealNetworks)

Real Networks is a foundational tech company who called Seattle home longer than most. They were the first company to offer an audio streaming solution for the Internet, and they’re still building and launching technology to make access to digital content more accessible.

Amazon (@Amazon)
Amazon has a significant presence at CES this year, including several different business units:


Levl (@LEVLnow)

Levl is working on a device to help you track how well your diet is working by measuring the amount of fat you’re burning via a pod that senses the level of acetone on your breath.

Click here to learn more about CES and Seattle’s impact on this important international event.


Small Business Saturday Kicks Off Holiday Shopping in Seattle’s Business Districts



Seattle’s neighborhood business districts are gearing up for the holiday season to support small businesses, and promote shopping and dining locally. Most business districts will launch their holiday shopping activities on Small Business Saturday (November 28). Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States, and the Shop Small campaign continues until December 24. A variety of events will help you to explore new businesses and find unique gifts for your friends and family. Choose one of the events below or drop into stores you’ve never visited before. Not only is this a good way to keep local dollars in your community, but it will give you time to digest that extra Thanksgiving serving.

Love_160x600_V4_BannerIn the Chinatown/International District, Wing Luke Museum’s Shop-O-Rama is hosting events each weekend including an art and jewelry trunk show. In the Central Area, check out Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute for a popup marketplace and a concert to follow, and just a few blocks away, Pratt Fine Arts’ annual Holiday Sale offers one of a kind, locally-made products. Stop by Capitol Hill and check out the Shop the Hill promotion, and don’t forget about Beacon Hill’s Bar del Corso Holiday Gift Popup. For special deals at business in all these neighborhoods, visit Ethnic Seattle (#ethnicseattle) where you will find everything for the food and wine lover to the trendsetter at Seattle’s ethnic businesses.

Head down to Rainier Beach for the Light up the Beach challenge where you’ll be able to vote on the best business decoration, and on your way, swing by the shops in Hillman City and enjoy the holiday craft bazaar at Tin Umbrella Coffee. If you looking for that special gift, Georgetown has you covered with unique items during Funderdome: Georgetown’s second annual holiday market located in the Trailer Park Mall.

Nothing says holiday shopping like Hometown for the Holidays in the West Seattle Junction, and be prepared for Ballard’s Holiday Festival with a visit from Santa Clause. For the dog lovers, round out your holiday shopping during Pioneer Square’s Howlidays for a costume contest with your pup, and for the music lovers, check out a free concert celebrating Record Store Day at Silver Platters in SODO.

Can’t get enough Shop Small activities throughout the holiday season? Follow #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat on Twitter and Facebook, @onlyseattlegems on Twitter, Only in Seattle on Facebook, and check out the Shop Small Neighborhood Champions in Seattle. Get out and explore your local businesses this holiday season!

City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Former Fire Station 6

Request for Qualifications
Fire Station 6 Cultural Innovation Hub, Feasibility Study RFQ

November 2015



The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (“OED”) is seeking qualifications to develop a feasibility study for use of the City-owned Fire Station 6 as a cultural innovation hub.   The focus is on culturally relevant programming and business development for entrepreneurs in the creative economies such as music, film, gaming, digital design, software, industrial design, culinary arts and fashion. The purpose of the RFQ is to provide a thorough analysis of possible uses of Fire Station 6 as identified by the Black Community Impact Alliance (“BCIA”) in its William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation Center proposal. The RFQ is for a consultant or team of consultants that can analyze the real estate implications of BCIA’s proposed uses, including the costs associated with building renovations and ongoing operations.

OED is committed to creating a vibrant economy that benefits the whole city by promoting access to economic opportunities for all of Seattle’s diverse communities. OED works to maximize Seattle’s potential as a thriving hub for businesses, jobs, vibrant neighborhoods and economic opportunity for everyone in our city. As part of this, OED’s approach includes a focus on supporting the city’s entrepreneurs and identifying innovative ways of supporting their development.



Former Fire Station 6 is excess to the needs of the Seattle Fire Department and the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS). The City recommends the sale of this property with the proceeds placed in the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy Fund. The City will give priority to a buyer who will use the property in ways that will benefit neighborhood residents.

Originally constructed in 1931, the former Fire Station 6 is located at 101 23rd Avenue South.  Due to its small size and historic landmark designation, the station was replaced with a state-of-the-art facility located at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South. This decommissioned station is being utilized by the Seattle Police Department’s Parking Enforcement division during the construction of a new parking garage for the East Precinct.

Former Fire Station 6 is on the southwest corner of the intersection of 23rd Avenue South and East Yesler Way in the city’s Central District.  The property dimensions are approximately 115 feet (fronting 23rd Avenue South) and 180 feet (fronting East Yesler Way) for a total area of 20,400 square feet (0.47 acres).  The lot slopes down to the west an estimated 16 feet.  The building is set back 15 feet from the northerly property line (fronting East Yesler Way), 40 feet from the easterly property line (fronting 23rd Avenue South, traditionally firefighting apparatus entered and exited from this side), 55 feet from the westerly property line, and 25 feet from the southerly property line.  An existing fence on the westerly portion of the property extending from the southerly boundary to northern boundary is approximately 10 feet from the property. There is parking for up to sixteen vehicles on the westerly portion of the property.

The station now comprises of approximately 6,300 square feet of interior space, including the partial daylight basement housing an exercise room, laundry room, storage and furnace.

BCIA has proposed to renovate Fire Station 6 as space to support business development for entrepreneurs in creative economies such as music, film, gaming, digital design, software, industrial design, culinary arts, and fashion.  Also, BCIA has proposed to include a café in the building.  BCIA proposes that the goal of this property is to expand opportunities for African-American entrepreneurs, with a focus on equitable outcomes. Finally, BCIA proposes to construct residential units benefiting homeless youth in a new structure located behind the current building.

See more information on the Fire Station 6 on the City of Seattle website and Fact Sheet.



The consultant(s) will evaluate the feasibility of BCIA’s proposal in developing and operating Fire Station 6. The acquisition of Fire Station 6 is not in the scope of this analysis and will need to be determined at another time. In particular, the consultant(s) will be required to address the following issues:

Phase 1: Building Wide Issues – the property will require a certain base level of development costs and operational needs, regardless of the type of uses/tenants selected

  • Development Feasibility: Full development budget describing construction/renovation costs, professional fees, financing fees and all other soft costs; Development analysis should include the following:
    • Exterior: potential roof repair/replacement and other needed exterior improvements consistent with historic building status
    • Code upgrades: potential seismic and other improvements needed to bring the building up to current code standards
    • Electrical: building-wide upgrades
    • HVAC: building-wide upgrades
    • Fiber/internet: building-wide upgrades
  • Operational Feasibility: Full operational pro forma describing expenses and revenue needs; Operational analysis should include the following:
    • Fixed expenses: taxes, insurance, management fee, utilities, janitorial, repairs and maintenance
    • Projected vacancy rate
    • Reserves: replacement and capital reserves
    • Revenue needed to cover operational expenses/costs


Phase 2: Specialized Needs for Uses – following evaluation of the building-wide issues, the analysis will focus on specialized development and operational needs for certain uses in BCIA’s proposal



  • Electrical specialized needs
  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease

Business Incubator

  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease

Industrial Design/Maker Space

  • Space requirements: analysis regarding the size and/or location of this use in the building to accommodate ventilation and floor load for manufacturing activity
  • Electrical and HVAC specialized needs
  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease


  • Space requirements: analysis regarding the size and/or location of this use in the building to accommodate ventilation for cooking activity
  • Electrical and HVAC specialized needs
  • Operational revenue from rent and clarification whether gross or triple net lease

Event Space

  • Space requirements: analysis regarding the size and/or location of this use in the building
  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease

Culinary Arts

  • Space requirements: analysis regarding the size and/or location of this use in the building to accommodate ventilation for cooking activity
  • Electrical and HVAC specialized needs
  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease

Fashion Design

  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease

Digital Design

  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease

Software Design

  • Operational revenue from rent, fundraising or membership; gross or triple net lease



Phase 3: Housing

  • Development feasibility analysis regarding the construction of residential units in a new structure that will be located behind the current building. Analysis will include full development budget.
  • Full operational pro forma describing expenses and revenue needs; Operational analysis should include the following:
    • Fixed expenses: taxes, insurance, management fee, utilities, janitorial, repairs and maintenance
    • Projected vacancy rate
    • Reserves: replacement and capital reserves
    • Revenue needed to cover operational expenses/costs and the anticipated revenue source (fundraising, operational subsidies)




November 4, 2015 – RFQ released

December 4, 2015 – RFQ due

December 18, 2015 – RFQ decision made

January 1, 2016 – Signed Contract



Up to $50,000 available.


If your organization is interested in developing the feasibility study for Fire Station 6, please prepare a letter outlining qualifications.  Describe in detail your organization’s experience in providing feasibility analysis on the development and operational issues identified in the Scope of Work section above.  OED will accept a response that includes multiple consultants working together as a team to complete the Scope of Work; however, OED will require the identification of a lead consultant who will be responsible for the other consultants in the team.

Hardcopy or electronic submissions must be delivered by 4:00 p.m. PST on December 4, 2015 to:

Mikel Davila
City of Seattle
Office of Economic Development
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5752
Seattle, WA 98104 (hardcopy hand delivery and FedEx)

Mikel Davila
City of Seattle
Office of Economic Development
P.O. Box 94708
Seattle, WA 98124-4708 (hardcopy US mail) (electronic)

A Selection Committee will review responses, conduct interviews and select the most qualified candidate. You will be notified if you have been selected for an interview. The City of Seattle retains the right to reject any responses and is not required to award any funds if in its opinion the response failed to meet its requirements.

If you have any questions about this Request please contact Mikel Davila, City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, (206) 386-97483 or

Download a copy of the complete RFQ.

Request for Qualifications: Business Improvement Area Consulting

Business Improvement Area Consulting

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is seeking one or more consultants to assist neighborhood business districts in creating and/or modifying Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in conjunction with OED and the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS). BIAs are funding mechanisms for business district revitalization and management. BIA technical assistance and support is an integral part of the Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle Initiative services.

For more information, contact Theresa Barreras at (206) 684-4505 or

View the complete RFQ here.  Read a description of the Only in Seattle Initiative.

An electronic submission of your response must arrive no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, November 22, 2015 to:


Only in Seattle RFA Public Meeting Presentation

Did you miss the Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Application Information Sessions? Please review the PowerPoint presentation below that provides a brief overview of the program.

To learn more about the initiative and to apply, please visit our Bottom line blog post with more information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Only in Seattle Team:

Theresa Barreras at or 206-684-4505

Heidi Hall at or 206.733.9967

Mikel Davila at or 206.386.9748