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Seattle In The Spotlight August 17- 23

Seattle in the Spotlight: August 17- 23

From Amazon to Zillow, New Coalition of Tech Titans Will Rally Their Workers Around City’s Tough Problems

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | August 22
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-zillow-new-coalition-tech-titans-will-rally-workers-around-citys-tough-problems/

“Seattle’s tech industry and the rest of this booming city are at odds like never before, and tech leaders acknowledge that any efforts to mobilize the tech community to solve civic problems will be met with a healthy dose of skepticism. But that possibility isn’t stopping some of the biggest tech companies in Seattle from launching a new group to connect their employees with civic life. ‘We just have to be convicted that this is the right thing to do, and this is going to be good for everybody, and do it regardless of what people say about it, because it doesn’t matter,”’ says technology investor and civic leader Heather Redman. ‘We’re being criticized now, so we might as well be criticized doing something good.'”

Seattle’s Apprenti Seeks to Take Its Tech Apprenticeship Program Nationwide

Venture Beat | Anna Hensel | August 22
https://venturebeat.com/2018/08/22/seattles-apprenti-seeks-to-take-its-tech-apprenticeship-program-nationwide/

“Apprenticeships could fill a much-needed gap in the tech industry, in particular, where companies complain of a skills gap but not everyone can afford a four-year computer science degree. Apprenti, now two years old, is one of the more notable of these programs, having received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and Washington State, J.P. Morgan Chase, and Accenture…Apprenti launched its first cohort in Seattle early last year. Now it’s training more than 300 apprentices in six locations — Herndon, Virginia; Hermiston Oregon; Dallas; Atlanta; Chicago; and Seattle — for vocations such as software developer, cloud support specialist, and datacenter technician.”

These are the Top 10 Most Liveable Cities in America

CNBC | Jimmy Im | August 17
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/17/global-liveability-index-2018-most-liveable-cities-in-america.html

“Only 10 U.S. cities made the top 50 list (out of 140 global cities surveyed).

The top 10 most liveable cities in America and their rank on the index are:…8. Seattle, Washington (ranked No. 46)…In the report, American cities fell behind in global ranking as liveability was better abroad — like Vienna, Austria, ranked No. 1, and Melbourne, Australia, ranked No. 2 — though overall scores in the U.S. did improve due to a decline in civil unrest. Across regions, North America ranked No. 2 overall and comes in at No. 1 in the education category.”

Where do Seattle’s Newcomers Move From? Driver LIcense Numbers Reveal Some Surprises

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | August 17
https://www.geekwire.com/2018/seattles-newcomers-move-drivers-license-numbers-reveal-surprises/

“To understand where Seattle’s newcomers are moving from, we looked at migration data from the Washington State Department of Licensing between 2008-2017. Each year, the DOL publishes a report that shows the number of people who applied for a Washington drivers license and the state where their previous license was issued. For this story, we zeroed in on King County, home to the broader Seattle metropolitan region. Based on those reports, Texas is the state sending the most newcomers to the Seattle area after California….Texas overtook Oregon as the state sending the most people to Seattle back in 2011 and that number has been steadily increasing over the years.”

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  • Marrione Camacho

    Marrione Camacho is a strategy consultant and a contributor at WTIA. He helps organizations understand their purpose, maximize their value, and scale their impact. He is currently based in Manila, Philippines and you can contact him at marrionecamacho@gmail.com and through LinkedIn.

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