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Film in Seattle: 2022 Recap 

2022 was a year of continued recovery for Seattle’s film industry and investment in film for the City of Seattle. Last year brought unprecedented opportunity for alignment with our longtime State and County film partners, with Washington’s film incentive program increasing from $3.5M to $15M, and a King County warehouse… Filed Under: Department UpdatesTagged With: ,

Small Business and Nonprofit Commercial Lease Protections and Legal Support

Español | አማርኛ | 繁體中文 | 한국인 Soomaali | ไทย | Tiếng Việt On October 31, 2022, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the end of the Civil Emergency Proclamation, aligning with Governor Inslee’s decision to end the statewide state of emergency. As the COVID-19 State of Emergency comes to a close,… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with Lake City Collective

If you’ve ever wondered who supports the language line at the Seattle Office of Economic Development, we have Lake City Collective to thank. In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we sat down with Lake City Collective’s César Garcia to learn more about the organization, advocacy work, and cultural heritage. 

Seattle Office of Economic Development Accepting Applications for Only in Seattle Initiative  

Through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, OED is investing $1.2 million in the Only in Seattle Initiative to support community driven economic development projects with a focus on racial equity and social justice. Neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations who support local small businesses and communities can apply for grants up to $200,000 to fund projects that help build community partnerships, provide resources to local businesses and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Seattle.

Markham McIntyre Joins Mayor Harrell Administration as Official Director of the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development

Today, Markham McIntyre was sworn in as the official Director of the Office of Economic Development (OED). Additionally, Preeti Shridhar joins OED as the new Deputy Director after more than 15 years of public service and leadership with the City of Renton. McIntyre and Shridhar will lead OED to advance… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Office of Economic Development Launch 2022 Commercial Tenant Improvement Fund

Small business owners can now apply for up to $100,000 for tenant improvement and build out projects. Mayor Bruce Harrell and the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced the investment of $1.9 million in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funding (CLFR) into the Commercial Tenant Improvement Fund to… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Office of Economic Development Expand Seattle Restored Program to Activate Vacant Commercial Storefronts Beyond Downtown Core 

Applications now being accepted from small business owners, artists and entrepreneurs to activate 45 new commercial storefronts.     Seattle (July 25, 2022) — The City of Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) and Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the expansion of Seattle Restored—an economic recovery program that matches small business… [ Keep reading ]

Celebrating Pride: Florentino’s Fine Flowers

Each June, we celebrate Pride together by uplifting the stories and voices of LGBTQ+ individuals and groups, celebrating the culture and experiences of LGBTQ+ communities, and supporting the ongoing advancement of and pursuit for LGBTQ+ civil and human rights. This June, the Seattle Office of Economic Development spotlights Florentino’s Fine… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Office of Economic Development Expands Digital Point of Sales Program 

City of Seattle invests Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to address small business economic impacts exacerbated by the digital divide Seattle small businesses can now apply for the Digital Sales Access Program — a partnership between the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), Comcast, Kay Tita, Square and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Bruce Harrell Awards Tom Skerritt the 2022 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film

Mayor Bruce Harrell announced Tom Skerritt as the recipient of the 16th Annual Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Film. The Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film recognizes an individual or entity for their exceptional work that has significantly contributed to the growth, advancement, and reputation of Seattle as a… [ Keep reading ]