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Seattle In The Spotlight: October 27 - November 2

Seattle in the Spotlight: October 26 – November 1

Seattle says goodbye to the Alaskan Way Viaduct, plans to launch a water taxi between Renton and the region’s top tech hubs, and more in this week’s Seattle in the Spotlight.

Developer Plans to Launch Water Taxis to Connect Seattle Region’s Tech Hubs by 2020

GeekWire | Nat Levy | November 1

“An ambitious plan from a Seattle-area real estate developer to build and operate a network of high-tech water taxis, ferrying passengers between its Southport megaproject in Renton, Wash., and the region’s top tech hubs, is getting closer to reality. Seco Development first publicly acknowledged plans for a passenger-only water taxi service on Lake Washington a year ago, though it had already been talking to government entities and stakeholders for months at that point. Since then, the team has refined the plan, selected a manufacturing partner and is getting close to finalizing boat designs, all with a goal of bringing the service online by 2020.”

Singapore Airlines Will Start Flying Non-Stop to Seattle in 2019

Forbes | Eric Rosen | November 1

“It’s been a busy month for Singapore Airlines. The Asian airline launched the longest flight in the world with its route from Newark-Singapore and begins non-stop service between Los Angeles and Singapore tomorrow. Today, however, the carrier announced it would begin flying an all-new route between Seattle and Singapore starting September 3, 2019. Seattle will become Singapore Airlines’ sixth U.S. destination, after Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York JFK and San Francisco.”

Goodbye Viaduct, Hello Tunnel: WSDOT Plans a Celebration of the Old and New Feb. 2-3

SeattleTimes | Mike Lindblom | November 1

“Crowds of 50,000 people or more are expected to say goodbye to the Alaskan Way Viaduct and hello to the Highway 99 tunnel during weekend events Feb. 2-3. Attractions include free public walks, a paid bicycle ride and an 8k run along both the viaduct and tunnel. There will be children’s science activities, musicians and food trucks at each end. The viaduct closes permanently Jan. 11.”

University of Washington Maintains Ranking in ‘Best Global Universities’ Report

KING 5 | KING 5 Staff | October 31

“The University of Washington remains one of the top universities across the U.S. and more than 60 other countries, according to U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report ranked UW as the 10th best “Global University.” It is second among U.S. institutions. The top 1,250 schools were ranked. “Once again, it’s great to see the University of Washington recognized for the impact of our scholarship and research. This ranking is a tribute to the opportunities we seek to create for the talented students learning at our public institution,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said in a statement.”

Seattle is the Nation’s Fastest Growing Tech Hub, Study Says, as Bay Area Engineering Centers Continue to Expand

GeekWire | Nat Levy | October 29

“No city has added more tech jobs in the last two years than Seattle, according to a new report, as companies from San Francisco and other hubs continue to flock to the Pacific Northwest to take advantage of its top-tier talent. The report from real estate company CBRE measures how the tech industry has transformed office markets around the country. The Seattle area added a combined 33,803 tech jobs in 2017 and 2016, for a growth rate of 25.7 percent. Seattle outpaced all other markets in terms of jobs added, with Silicon Valley ranked second at 24,971 jobs added, and growth percentage, where St. Louis came in second with a rise in tech jobs of 23.3 percent.”


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