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Seattle In The Spotlight March 15th - 21st, 2019

Seattle in the Spotlight: March 15th – 21st, 2019

Are you enjoying the spring weather? Kick back and take a look at the latest new stories surrounding the Seattle tech community, including: How the Silicon Valley Tech Invasion Has Reshaped Seattle’s Startup Landscape, Washington Ranks Second in the Nation in New Report Analyzing the Most Innovative States, and more.

How the Silicon Valley Tech Invasion Has Reshaped Seattle’s Startup Landscape, 15 Years After It Began

GeekWire | Taylor Soper | March 21

“Back in 2005, when tech veteran Peter Wilson joined Google to build its fledgling Seattle-area outpost, recruiting was straightforward…Tech recruiters today can only dream of having it so easy. Fifteen years after Google arrived, it’s not a stretch to see Seattle as Silicon Valley North. Nearly 120 out-of-town tech companies have established engineering centers in the Seattle area, many of them from the San Francisco Bay Area.”

For Seattle and the Northwest, Sharp Differences in this Long Expansion

Seattle Times | Jon Talton | March 21

“If the economy keeps growing until the summer, it will notch the longest expansion in modern U.S. history, surpassing the boom of the 1990s. The Brookings Institution’s Metro Monitor has tracked the effects of the recession, the slow recovery and expansion for the 100 largest metropolitan areas. A new report shows how they performed in 2017, the most recent year for which complete data are available, and the decade starting in 2007. Not surprisingly, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue performed well in most areas: • Fifth nationally in prosperity, including standard of living, productivity and average annual wage, from 2016 to 2017. For the decade, we ranked No. 2. • Ninth in growth, including of jobs at young firms. No. 11 for the decade. • Seventh in inclusion, changes in employment and income distributed among individuals. For the decade, we ranked 34th. We topped the annual ranking for the subset of percentage change in median wages, and were No. 7 for the decade.”

Washington Ranks Second in the Nation in New Report Analyzing the Most Innovative States

GeekWire | Kurt Schlosser | March 18

“Washington state ranks second in the country when it comes to states contributing the most to the nation’s position of innovative strength during the tech era, according to a new study from WalletHub, the Washington, D.C.-based personal finance website. The 2019 Most & Least Innovative States report compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics in two dimensions, “Human Capital” and “Innovation Environment.” Washington ranked second overall behind only Massachusetts.”

Council Approves a Taller, Denser Seattle. What Does That Mean for Housing?

Crosscut | Josh Cohen | March 18

Nearly four years after the idea was first proposed as Seattle’s “Grand Bargain,” and just under a year and half after the legislation was first introduced, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt its citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. All members were present. After years of discussion, public comment on this final day of debate over the program fell along familiar lines. There were last-ditch calls for the council to delay its vote, with speakers citing concerns over gentrification, lost trees and blocked views. Supporters voiced thanks to council members for shepherding MHA through to this vote and shared hopes that the legislation would move the needle on Seattle’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis.


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