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Seattle in the Spotlight: May 17th – May 23rd, 2019

Do you have big plans for the 3-day weekend? Before you start celebrating Memorial Day, be sure to check out this week’s Seattle in the Spotlight for the latest headlines surrounding the Seattle tech community, including: Sneak Peek Inside Sea-Tac Airport’s new $968m International Arrivals Facility, Big-City Growth Slows across U.S. — But Seattle Still Ranks No. 2 in 2018, WTIA’s Founder Cohort Program Launches New Class of 24 Startups with Inside Tips from Investors, and more.

SNEAK PEEK: Inside Sea-Tac Airport’s New $968M International Arrivals Facility (Photos) (Video)

Puget Sound Business Journal | Andrew McIntosh | May 23

“After delays, cost overruns and heated political debate, construction of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s $968 million international arrivals terminal is advancing at a steady pace. Workers have walled in most of the new 450,000 square foot, multi-level structure, are fireproofing the interior structures, and have started installing its terrazzo stone floors. “It’s really a pretty simple building in the grand scheme of things,” said Port of Seattle Aviation Group Construction Project Manager Janet Sheerer, who is overseeing the interior work. “We want to make it very easy for passengers to know exactly where they need to be.””

Big-City Growth Slows across U.S. — But Seattle Still Ranks No. 2 in 2018

Seattle Times | Gene Balk | May 23

Seattle’s decade of record-breaking growth may be slowing down, but it’s not done yet…Census data released Thursday shows that from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, the city’s population grew by more than 15,000, bringing the total to 745,000. That pencils out to a one-year increase of 2.1%, which ranks Seattle as the second-fastest growing among the 50 most-populous U.S. cities. We were just a fraction behind No. 1, Fort Worth, Texas.”

A Rating of Parks in 100 Large U.S. Cities: We’re No. 11

Seattle PI | Joel Connelly | May 22

“Seattle is well above the national average and comes in No. 11 in the annual ParkScore rating of public parks in 100 large American cities, issued by the Trust for Public Lands. Three other cities on the West Coast — Portland, Oregon and San Francisco and Irvine in California — were ranked higher…Seattle ranks third in the nation when it comes to investment in its parks, trailing only San Francisco and Minneapolis. Voters in the Emerald City approved creation of a Seattle Parks District. Investment is now $279 per person.”

WTIA’s Founder Cohort Program Launches New Class of 24 Startups with Inside Tips from Investors

GeekWire | James Thorne | May 17

“A new group of startups, tackling everything from business networking to marijuana data analytics, has joined the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Founder Cohort Program. The year-long experience is geared toward early-stage founders in Washington state who want help growing their companies. It’s led by a team of business leaders that includes 6 Month Startup creator Dave Parker, SeaChange Fund managing partner Susan Preston and Leslie Feinzaig, founder and CEO of the Female Founders Alliance. Each of the startups is required to have one or more products in development and revenues of less than $1 million.”


  • 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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