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Seattle In The Spotlight November 16th - 22nd 2018

Seattle in the Spotlight: November 16th – 22nd, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s the most notable headlines surrounding the Seattle tech community: Tech Apprenticeship Program Apprenti Graduates its 1st Class, Sending Workers to Microsoft, Amazon and Others, Affordable Housing and Arts Spaces Coming to New Development in Seattle’s Uptown, and more.

Fast Ferry Service from Kingston to Downtown Seattle Now in Service

KIRO 7 | KIRO 7 News Staff | November 21

“Fast ferry service from Kingston to downtown Seattle started on Monday. It will take what could be a 70-minute commute in a car and cut it down to 40 minutes while commuters can relax on a passenger-only ferry. The inaugural run left Kingston at 9 a.m. Kitsap Transit bought two more passenger boats at a cost of $15 million to run the fast ferry service and expand upon its Bremerton to Seattle route.”

Tech Apprenticeship Program Apprenti Graduates its 1st Class, Sending Workers to Microsoft, Amazon and Others

GeekWire | Nat Levy | November 20

”Tyler Walser needed a new direction. Now, Walser is one of the first graduates of Apprenti, an initiative of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) Workforce Institute that helps people build skills to break into the technology industry and places them at big companies. Walser, with his 10-month old baby Dempsey on his hip, joined his classmates on stage at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center in Seattle last week as part of the first graduating cohort for the program. He’s got a job waiting for him at Microsoft working on Visual Studio developer tools.”

Affordable Housing, Arts Spaces Coming to New Development in Seattle’s Uptown

Seattle Times | Paige COrnwell | November 20

“Housing for tenants who have previously experienced homelessness, along with arts spaces for residents and the public, will be part of a new development next to Seattle Center, city officials announced Tuesday. Seattle will invest $6.9 million in the new project on a city-owned lot at Second Avenue North and Mercer Street that would add 80 to 91 units of housing, officials said. Developed by the Seattle-based nonprofit Plymouth Housing Group, the building is slated to open in about two years. The project is still in the design process and a total cost hasn’t been determined.”

Singapore Airlines Announces A350 to Seattle

Forbes | Geoff Whitmore | November 19

“Now that Singapore Airlines offers flights to Los Angeles, the airline announced its further expansion of flights from Singapore to the United States. Next stop: the Emerald City, home of the Seahawks, a very famous global coffee brand, and a bustling tech scene. As of September 2019, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will be Singapore Airlines’ newest airport destination in the United States…To get to Seattle, the airline will offer flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays to start.”


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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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