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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.

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 ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Grants

Mayor Durkan and the Seattle Office of Economic Development announce the grant recipients of the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund.  

Seattle Office of Economic Development Launches Seattle Restored, Matching Local Small Businesses and Artists with Vacant Downtown Storefront

 Seattle Office of Economic Development is partnering with Seattle Good Business Network and Shunpike to match 25 vacant downtown Seattle storefronts with pop-up shops and art installations.  These projects will benefit neighborhoods, small businesses, artists and property owners by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes that encourage the public to visit downtown Seattle, support local businesses and support local artists—particularly Black, Indigenous, and other entrepreneurs and artists of color. This program is funded by the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFR) established under the American Rescue Plan.  

Celebrate Seattle Restaurant Week with grayseas pies

During Seattle Restaurant Week, Seattleites are given a unique chance to support the greater Seattle area’s culinary community, highlighting its craft, diversity, resilience, and great food! On the heels of Filipino American History Month, Seattle Office of Economic Development is highlighting grayseas pies! grayseas pies was started by Gracie Santos,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Music Career Day Returns Virtually on August 27

Registration is open for free virtual event for teens and young adults ages 13-26 interested in turning their passion for music into a career. The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) and Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) are pleased to announce the return of City of Music Career Day,… [ Keep reading ]