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Seattle In The Spotlight: October 27 - November 2

Seattle in the Spotlight: October 27 – November 2

New Water Taxi Pilot Project Will Connect Cities across Seattle’s Lake Washington, Funded by Developer Seeking to Land Big Tech Tenant

GeekWire | Nat Levy | November 2

“Real estate company Seco Development plans to to fund a water taxi pilot project to ferry passengers across Lake Washington, between Seattle’s tech-heavy South Lake Union neighborhood and the developer’s massive office project in the city of Renton, Wash., GeekWire has learned. Seco is taking the lead in planning as well as funding the pilot project, which aims to put passenger ferries on Lake Washington by 2020. For the better part of the year, Seco has been talking with King County, the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Renton, Kenmore and others, as well as local business interests about the service. Though the initial focus is on a route between Renton and Amazon’s backyard of South Lake Union, Seco envisions routes to other parts of Seattle as well as cities like Bellevue.”

Deep beneath Seattle, Our First End-to-End Trip in New Tunnel SHows Massive Scale of Highway Project

GeekWire | Kurt Schlosser | November 2

“More than a year before the new State Route 99 tunnel is scheduled to open to vehicles in Seattle, I took a ride Thursday from one end of the 2-mile tube to the other, beneath this booming city and its waterfront. While the views weren’t as spectacular as those from the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct that the tunnel will replace, the experience felt like an historic journey into the future of transportation in this city. Starting at the south end near CenturyLink Field, members of the media were loaded into a tram of sorts — a metal-caged vehicle with bench seating used to move workers. The vehicle moved away from the light and views of the sky and into the dimly lit tunnel at a relatively plodding pace, avoiding workers and equipment along the way and sounding the horn regularly to announce its approach.”

Seattle’s Alaska Connection: Northern Neighbors Moving Here Faster than Anyone Else | FYI Guy

Seattle Times | Gene Balk | November 2

“Last week, I wrote about data from the Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) showing an influx of new King County residents from out of state, including a record number of Californians…But the real story here is Alaska. While DOL records show just over 1,000 Alaskans moved to King County last year, the state has an adult population of only about 550,000. That means that Alaskans move to the Seattle area at the highest rate in the nation, 182 for every 100,000 adults. That’s more than three times higher than California, which ranks only 8th.”

Irish Prime Minister Makes the Tech Rounds in Seattle and Calls for More Business Ties

GeekWire | Alan Boyle | November 1

“Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar touted the connections between his country and Seattle tech heavyweights such as Amazon and Microsoft during a quick visit today, and said he’s looking forward to still more. “There’s so much going on between Ireland and Washington state, and we hope it grows in the years ahead,” he told GeekWire during a luncheon at the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit at Seattle Center, hosted by Irish Network Seattle…During his luncheon talk, Varadkar emphasized the tech ties linking his country to Seattle, going back to a small manufacturing facility that Microsoft opened in 1985. Since then, Amazon and Microsoft have invested billions of dollars in Ireland, and other Seattle-based tech companies such as Tableau have set up offices on the Emerald Isle.”

Seattle (Finally) Named UNESCO City of Literature

Seattle PI | Zozha Millman | November 1

“After a two-year campaign, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has finally named Seattle a City of Literature in the Creative Cities Network. Seattle has been doing its part: We’re home to a major bookseller, and a robust independent bookstore community. We’ve often been named as the most literate city in polls. And, perhaps most importantly, this is the culmination of a years-long process on the part of non-profit Seattle City of Literature, who initially put in a bid in 2013.”


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