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Celebrating Black History Month: Self Care Square

Self-care is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health and/or the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness. In Belltown, Acacia Corson has created a new space where self-care, wellness, and community is intentionally rooted in every… [ Keep reading ]

The 2022 Economic Census is Coming

Every 5 years, the Census Bureau conducts the economic census, the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. economy. The next economic census will be conducted beginning in the January of 2023 with companies reporting their 2022 year-end numbers. The economic census provides industry and market statistics at the national, state,… [ Keep reading ]

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. 

Comcast RISE Investment Fund Grants

Small businesses have always played a critical role in the growth and future of our region, and the Seattle Office of Economic Development knows that rising costs are creating challenges for many small business owners. That is why we are proud to partner with Comcast to announce $1 million in… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]