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Seattle In The Spotlight October 20 - 26

Seattle in the Spotlight: October 20 – 26

Seattle Ranked Nation’s No. 2 Coolest City – Just Behind This West Coast Rival

Seattle Times | Christine Clarridge | October 26

“What a bummer, Seattle; we’re No. 2…Seattle, however, trumped all other contenders when it came to, yes, coffee and beer. “Seattle won on this front with 83 coffee shops, coffee roasters & craft beer breweries per 100,000 residents,” according to the 2017 edition of America’s Coolest Cities, published on Thursday. Seattle also placed first when it comes to the number of options for recreational activities, including parks, zoos, sporting events and art and cultural activities.”

Study: Seattle is the Nation’s Top Real Estate Market Thanks to Tech Giants Like Amazon and … Breweries

GeekWire | Nat Levy | October 25

“As if the forest of cranes dotting the Seattle skyline weren’t evidence enough of the city’s transformation to a region on par with New York and San Francisco, real estate and financial insiders named Seattle the top real estate market in the U.S. in a new report from PwC. Seattle lept to the top of the annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate report on the back of its strong roster of tech employers, educated workforce and vibrant recreational opportunities. Seattle broke Texas’ stranglehold on the top spot in the report as a city from the Lone Star State was number one each of the last three years…Real estate pros rated Seattle, which is in the midst of an unprecedented building boom juiced by the rapid expansion of Amazon, as the number one development market and the number two investment market, behind only Salt Lake City.”

Washington State Venture Investment is Fourth-Highest in the Nation

GeekWIre | Greg Beams | October 23

“Venture investment in companies based in Washington state has continued to grow, making Washington No. 4 in the nation in total number of fundings and total dollars invested, according to data from Dow Jones VentureSource. Before September 30, Washington had been solidly in fifth place, chasing Texas, which had been fourth for several years. But continued robust venture investment in 2017, including through the third quarter, moved Washington into Texas’ spot. Although Washington is unlikely to take the No. 3 spot anytime soon — the gap between the top four states for venture investment is significant — being No. 4 is no small matter.”

Washington State’s New Parental Leave Law Could Change Workplace for Moms and Dads

Seattle TImes | Rachel Lerman | October 20

“Washington state’s recently passed parental-leave law could be a step toward enabling women with young children to remain in the workforce. The law, which takes effect in 2020, provides for 12 weeks of paid leave for each parent after a child is born, adopted or placed with a family… Washington will offer the same paid leave to men as to women. Proponents hope these equal benefits will shift attitudes about child care and encourage women to stay in the workforce.”

New $122 Million Washington State Ferry Floats for First Time

KIRO 7 | John Knicely | October 20

“Engineers are confident the $122 Million Olympic Class ferry will avoid issues seen in the past when it goes into service. The Suquamish is now 70 percent done and is scheduled to go into service in the fall of 2018. It will initially serve as a backup when other ferries have maintenance issues and then it will serve on the Mukilteo/Clinton summer route. KIRO 7 talked to Dave Visneski, the Washington State Ferries Vessel construction manager, about what differences you’ll notice.”


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