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Seattle in the Spotlight: June 21st – June 27th, 2019

What are the latest headlines surrounding the local Seattle tech community? This week’s Seattle in the Spotlight includes: Seattle Mayor Explains Strategy behind Tech Blitz after Visiting Apple, Expedia, Amazon in One Week, ‘Green New Deal’ for Seattle? City Council Members Make Pledge, Details to Come, and more.

Seattle Mayor Explains Strategy behind Tech Blitz after Visiting Apple, Expedia, Amazon in One Week

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | June 27

“Giant tech companies have dramatically reshaped Seattle — in some cases creating entire neighborhoods — and they’re just getting started. While many Seattleites are wary of more growth in an already congested city, Mayor Jenny Durkan is welcoming the next wave of development with open arms. In the past four days, Durkan has paid a visit to three campuses under construction that will house some of the biggest names in tech: Apple, Expedia, and Amazon. Her enthusiasm for rubbing elbows with tech execs strikes a sharp contrast with other branches of the Seattle government, which are often at odds with the industry.”

‘Green New Deal’ for Seattle? City Council Members Make Pledge, Details to Come

Seattle Times | Daniel Beekman | June 24

“All nine City Council members have vowed to pursue a “Green New Deal” for Seattle that a number of community and environmental groups are pushing for. The council members signed a support letter Monday but haven’t yet worked out what particular policies they may pursue. The local Green New Deal campaign is calling on City Hall to eliminate Seattle’s climate pollution by 2030, “address historical and current injustices” and create thousands of green, unionized jobs. Dozens of activists gathered outside Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office last week to launch the campaign and dozens showed up again Monday, describing the pledge championed by Councilmember Mike O’Brien and affirmed by his colleagues as a first step.”

‘Life Changer’: Free Orca Transit Cards Going to 1,500 Public Residents in Seattle

Seattle Times | Heide Groover | June 21

“Some Seattleites who live in public housing will soon have access to free transit passes, a “life changer,” according to a representative for the city’s housing authority. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced in February that her administration would offer about 1,500 Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) residents free unlimited ORCA passes. “Transit must be reliable and affordable because we need transit to meet our climate goals and because it makes people’s lives better,” the mayor said. SHA has now begun helping people sign up for their free passes.”

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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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