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Seattle In The Spotlight November 24 - 30

Seattle in the Spotlight: November 24 – 30

Here are the Top Places to Work by Region

USA Today | USA Today Staff | November 30

“All week Comparably, a compensation, culture and career monitoring website, has exclusively published “Best of” lists with USA TODAY, covering areas such as CEOs and diversity. Thursday, its annual Best Companies by Region list highlights the best company cultures in specific metro areas. These lists look across companies of all sizes and call out the companies most admired by the employees in areas across America, including Boston, Chicago, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.”

Why Seattle’s Neighbor, Bellevue, is Winning the Race Towards Self-Driving Cars

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | November 30

“Seattle is an innovation hub with transportation pain points aching to be solved. For those reasons, the city seems like the obvious choice to pioneer self-driving cars in Washington now that Gov. Jay Inslee has given the green light. But Seattle’s neighbor, Bellevue, is speeding ahead in the race to get autonomous vehicles on city streets. So says Bruce Agnew, director of the ACES Network, which stands for autonomous, connected, electric, and shared. Agnew says that Bellevue is prepared to put up the funding with a technology levy for transportation programs and develop the necessary infrastructure to begin testing self-driving cars.”

Majority of New Homes in Seattle are ‘Built Green’ for The First Time, Thanks to City Incentives

GeekWire | Monica Nickelsburg | November 29

“Environmentally friendly construction has reached a new milestone in Seattle. Last year, the majority of new homes in the city were certified by Built Green, a set of standards for energy, water, and building material efficiency. In 2016, 52 percent of homes built in Seattle have obtained Built Green certification. The program has certified more than 31,000 units in Washington.”

Seattle Awards $34M in Fight Against Homelessness, Wants to Double The Number of People Who Get Off The Streets

Seattle Times | Vernal Coleman | November 27

“Seattle homeless-service providers say they can double the number of people who are helped out of local shelters or off city streets and into homes of their own by the end of next year. And the city of Seattle, which is awarding $34 million in new city-funded contracts to fight homelessness, says it will hold those providers to their promises with new performance benchmarks. The city’s new contract awards go to 30 agencies chosen from a pool of nearly 60 applicants under the first rebidding for the city’s spending on homelessness in more than a decade. The city received $105 million in requests from providers for that $34 million in city general-fund dollars.”

Pike Place Market, a Seattle Favorite, Freshens Up With A New Addition and More Places to Eat and Shop

Los Angeles Times | Rosemary McClure | November 26

“The farmers market, founded 110 years ago, expanded earlier this year for the first time in four decades. Among the additions are a handful of large shops such as Stone’s, 47 small stalls for artists and other vendors, a parking lot, studio apartments for low-income residents and a rooftop public plaza. The plaza quickly became a top draw for tourists, who shoot selfies or family portraits there with the Seattle waterfront and bay as a backdrop. Pike Place Market can get crowded, with about 15 million visitors a year. In fact, so many tourists clog the market in summer when Alaska-bound cruise ships are in port that many locals stay away.”

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