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Investing in our community: the Tenant Improvement Fund 

Pilot program provides $3.4M to local businesses, including 33 BIPOC-owned businesses, for commercial space improvements In 2022 and 2023, the Seattle Office of Economic Development piloted a new program aimed at addressing displacement and building community wealth: the Tenant Improvement (TI) Fund. Through OED, the City invested $3.4M in 34… [ Keep reading ]

Tenant Improvement Fund Recipients and Projects 2022-23 

The Office of Economic Development’s Tenant Improvement Program invests in a business’ infrastructure to support their growth and sustainability. The program makes initial tenancy costs more affordable for small businesses or lowers the cost to renovate and/or upgrade their commercial space. The program provides professional services such as space planning… [ Keep reading ]

The Liberty Project Launches with First Business Cohort

The Liberty Project is a new innovative business growth project that is working to increase revenues for businesses owned by people from underrepresented communities in Seattle – particularly Black-owned businesses.   More than 45 businesses applied to participate in this collaboration between the City of Seattle, Tabor 100, the Consulting and Business… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Office of Economic Development and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Hosting Creative Economy Career Day

Free, one-day program for young people will take place February 9 at McCaw Hall The Seattle Office of Economic Development and Office of Arts and Culture are hosting the inaugural Creative Economy Career Day. The free, one-day education program will take place Friday, February 9 at McCaw Hall, 9 a.m…. [ Keep reading ]

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 ]