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Seattle In The Spotlight May 17

Seattle in the Spotlight: May 11 – May 17

Irish Airline Begins Direct Service Between Dublin and Seattle, Linking Tech Companies to Outposts

GeekWire | Kurt Schlosser | May 17

“The Emerald Isle and the Emerald City are already connected by business interests, with multiple tech companies including Amazon and Microsoft operating in Ireland. Now the cities of Dublin and Seattle will be connected via a new direct flight being operated by Aer Lingus, starting on Friday. Aer Lingus already flies to nearly a dozen U.S. cities., but the direct foreign investment agency IDA Ireland touted the new route to Seattle as especially important to more than 20 tech companies with headquarters in the Pacific Northwest.”

Seattle Program Brings Underserved Students Outdoors: ‘Snowshoeing! That’s Fun!”

Seattle Times | Crystal Paul | May 16

“There is a burst of whispered interjections — “Whoa!” and “Cool!” — when the kids see the rows of snowshoes sticking out of the snow. Earlier, in a brief in-class presentation, ranger and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest youth and community engagement coordinator Tessa Rough showed photos of the snowshoes. But most of the Index Elementary School students have never used snowshoes before this field trip, despite their school’s proximity to Stevens Pass. The snowshoeing excursion is part of the Seattle Every Kid in a Park Collaborative. The collaborative launched in 2015 with five original partners — the Washington Trails Association, Islandwood, NatureBridge, the Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Seattle Area National Park Sites. Their goal was to locally support the national program Every Kid in a Park, which offers free, yearlong public-lands passes to fourth-graders and their families.”

Seattle’s New Waterfront Design Will Play to your Instincts

Crosscut | Clair Enlow | May 16

“The Overlook Walk could very well be the biggest thing in post-viaduct Seattle, a new piece of infrastructure that changes the city. Even though city planners have strived to be process-perfect, few are aware of it. It’s the elephant of the waterfront, with so many pieces it’s hard to envision it as a whole. What is it, exactly? It’s complicated. The Overlook Walk would be a kind of land bridge over the cliff — a deck and pathway of varying widths and slopes, including one bridge span, all laid atop three large new buildings. Taking off from MarketFront, the year-old addition to Pike Place Market, it would land with branching stairways on a plaza in front of Pier 59 (the Seattle Aquarium) and Pier 62.”

Universities Keeping Up with Seattle’s Computer Science Demand

Seattle Times | WGU Washington | May 11

“Among the nation’s top tech hubs, Seattle has the fastest growth rate in job openings for computing professionals…With so many new jobs to fill, Puget Sound area employers are struggling to find qualified workers. The latest info from the state’s Employment Security Department shows software developers, systems analysts and other tech-driven occupations rank among the most in-demand across the state. To help meet that demand, many colleges and universities are doubling down on their computer science offerings — or adding Bachelor in Computer Science degree programs to their slate of IT credentials.”


  • 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 and through LinkedIn.

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