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Diem Ly joins the Seattle Office of Economic Development 

New OED Division Director brings deep experience in community impact and program strategy The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) welcomes Diem Ly as the new Division Director. Ly comes to OED from Comcast NBCUniversal where she served as the Director of Community Impact and External Affairs for the Pacific… [ Keep reading ]

2023 at Seattle’s Office of Economic Development

2023 was a transformative year for us at the Office of Economic Development. We built on feedback from the community to create action plans, impactful programs, and forward-thinking policies aligned with our overarching goal: to champion inclusive economic growth so that everyone in Seattle can enjoy quality jobs at thriving… [ Keep reading ]

Green Job Growth Focus for C40 Inclusive Climate Action Academy 2023 Conference 

This year’s C40 Inclusive Climate Action (ICA) Academy, held in Rio De Janeiro in September, was focused on accelerating the growth of good, green jobs. Seattle, a member of C40, sent a cross-department delegation that included myself, along with Lylianna Allala from the Office of Sustainability & Environment Climate Justice,… [ Keep reading ]

Funding still available for the Storefront Repair Fund 

There is still money available for small businesses and nonprofits to benefit from the Storefront Repair Fund! We are investing nearly $2 million to help businesses and organizations recover from the economic impact caused by damage to their storefronts. Based on feedback from our external partners and small business owners… [ Keep reading ]

Downtown is Listening: Engagement Opportunities

We want to continue to hear from you about your vision for Downtown Seattle! As part of the City’s commitment to build the Downtown we want to see and visit, we’re looking for your input to help inform City departments on your priorities, concerns, and ideas while we implement actions… [ Keep reading ]

Request for Qualifications open for Community-Based Organizations who help small businesses access financial resources

Seattle Office of Economic Development empowers small businesses through Small Business Capital Readiness Support Program. At the Seattle Office of Economic Development, we are committed to fostering economic growth and sustainability, especially among small businesses from underserved communities that have historically faced barriers and financial constraints. We believe equitable access… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Proposed Budget Adjustments

Mayor Harrel’s proposed 2024 budget reflects the community-driven Future of Seattle Economy investment agenda. The FSE investment agenda serves as the foundation of OED’s work, providing a framework to address the impacts of COVID-19, while also creating an economically diverse, just, and resilient city long term. Key highlights include:… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Office of Economic Development names James Miles as new Creative Economy Manager

The Seattle Office of Economic Development is incredibly excited to welcome James Miles to the team as our new Creative Economy Manager, focused on one of the important cross-cutting sectors we have in this city. James will also play a key role in the revitalization of downtown as we celebrate… [ Keep reading ]

Industry Highlight: Dive into Seattle’s Maritime Industry 

The Maritime Industry in Seattle is the nation’s fourth largest container gateway and one of Seattle’s key industries. Maritime is vital for global trade and economic growth – in Washington state alone, it is responsible for creating $21.4 billion in annual revenue, employing more than 69,500 workers, and generating $4.1… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Office of Economic Development directed $13M helping local businesses with relief and recovery for the Seattle Recovery Plan

The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) provided $13M in federal recovery funds as part of the Seattle Rescue Plan. Today the City released the Seattle Rescue Plan: 2023 Performance Report (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). The report highlights the incredible work that the City did utilizing federal… [ Keep reading ]