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Seattle In The Spotlight: May 4 - May 10

Seattle in the Spotlight: May 4 – May 10

Microsoft Pledges $300K to Study High-Speed Train Linking Seattle-Vancouver, B.C. in Under an Hour

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | May 10

“Microsoft is committing an additional $300,000 to continue studying whether a high-speed train between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., is possible. The funds are in addition to Washington state’s $750,000 contribution and the B.C. government’s $300,000 investment announced previously. The announcement is part of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to make the “Cascadia” region an innovation hub akin to Silicon Valley. The high-speed rail line under consideration would connect Seattle and Vancouver in less than an hour, fostering more collaboration between their respective tech industries.”

UW Offers Coding Camp for People Looking to Shift Careers

Seattle Times | Katherine Long | May 10

“The University of Washington is getting into the coding boot-camp business with a 24-week evening program that starts July 30. Coding boot camps have been one of the fastest-growing career-training offerings in Seattle, most run by for-profit companies that promise a crash course in coding skills to prepare students for entry-level tech jobs. The UW program is being offered by the university’s Continuum College, formerly known as UW Educational Outreach, an arm of the university that provides professional training programs geared toward people already working full-time.”

Kitsap Transit, Washington State Ferries Win Federal Grants

Kitsap Sun | Christian Vosley and Nathan Pilling | May 10

“Kitsap Transit, which launched its passenger-only fast ferry service last summer, was granted $2.5 million to pay for dock improvements in Bremerton and Kingston. In February, Kitsap Transit purchased two additional vessels similar to the Rich Passage I, which runs between Bremerton and Seattle. Those boats are expected to be delivered in 2019…Part of the $2.5 million will pay for permanent fendering at Bremerton so additional vessels can dock.”

Meet the 2018 Finalists for EY’s Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year Competition

GeekWire | Taylor Soper | May 8

“EY’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year program recognizes top business leaders and there is certainly no shortage of potential nominees from the Pacific Northwest region.EY announced the 20 regional finalists who will battle for the title of Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year and go on to compete in the national competition, which is now in its 32nd year. Last year’s Pacific Northwest winners included Impinj CEO Chris Diorio; Rick and David Cantu of Redapt; Chad and Harlan Robins of Adaptive Biotechnologies; Jill Nelson of Ruby Receptionists; and others. This year’s regional winners will be announced at a special gala June 15 at the Westin Seattle.”


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    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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