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Mayor Durkan Announces January 15, 2022 Extension of Eviction Moratorium and Continuation of Additional COVID-Related Protections

SEATTLE (September 21, 2021) – As federal funds for rental assistance continue to be distributed, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that she is extending the moratoriums for residential and commercial evictions through January 15, 2022 through Executive Order 2021-07. The order will also modify additional COVID-related relief measures related to utility assistance. This marks the sixth extension of the eviction moratorium as part of the COVID-19 civil emergency since March 14,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle and Partners Host Second Set of Welcome Back Weeks to Support Local Arts and Culture

Masking and proof of vaccination are required at all City of Seattle Welcome Back events Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a schedule of arts and cultural events that will take place as part of Welcome Back Weeks occurring from September 4-19. This is the second set of Welcome Back Weeks… [ Keep reading ]

More than $1.2 Million to be Invested in Neighborhood Economic Recovery

Applications are open for awards up to $100,000 through the new Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund for community-led projects to reignite the local economy. Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund, which will support community-led strategies such as public and commercial space activation, digital equity, outreach and other economic recovery projects to respond to the specific economic… [ 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 ]

Welcome Back Weeks Attended By At Least 15,000 People, Spur Economic Activity and Support for Workers Downtown

Welcome Back Weeks Catalyzed Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Spending at Downtown Small Businesses Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced the outcomes of Welcome Back Weeks – a two-week effort from the City and downtown partners to bring workers, small businesses, and visitors back to downtown Seattle. As part… [ Keep reading ]

Digable Planets to Headline Free Sunset Concert at Welcome Back to Westlake Event

City Partners With More Than 30 Restaurants and Retailers for Halloween in July Trick-or-Treating at Westlake. Welcome Back to Pioneer Square and Westlake Events Taking Place This Saturday and Sunday. Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced final lineups and activations as part of the City of Seattle’s large-scale Welcome Back to… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million to Invest in Equitable Communities

On Tuesday, June 13, Mayor Durkan transmitted to Council the community-led Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force’s recommendations for $30 million in investments to improve outcomes for Seattle’s Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. The Office of Economic Development worked closely with the Task Force to support the development of… [ Keep reading ]

Reimagining Commercial Space Usage

Ballard Blossom Provides New Pop-up Space for BIPOC and Women Owned Small Businesses On July 1, Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) Director Pamela L. Banks and Deputy Director Tina Inay met with Ballard Alliance Executive Director Mike Stewart and Senior Development Manager Devin Reynolds to tour the old Ballard Blossom retail store. Currently, this location is serving as a small Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) business pop-up incubator space. … [ Keep reading ]

Get Vaccinated in Your Neighborhood and Shop Your Block

The City of Seattle will be hosting pop-up vaccinations in multiple neighborhoods to ensure that small businesses, workers, and community members can easily receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Seattle Fire Department (SFD) will host the vaccination pop-ups and partner with the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) and neighborhood partners to connect residents and workers in the surrounding neighborhoods to the thousands of available COVID-19 vaccines for individuals that are 16 years of age and older. These vaccination pop-ups are low barrier, and do not require advanced registration to participate. Walks ups are encouraged and welcomed!

Getting Money Smart with devon de Leña and Ebo Barton!

As we celebrate the Creative Industries’ contributions to Seattle’s identity and economy, we share this virtual interview between local creatives and business owners devon de Leña (she/her) and Ebo Barton (they/he).