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On Ramps: How the Seattle Department of Transportation Shook Up Business as Usual in Public Engagement Contracts

Seattle is the recipient of a $1 million Bloomberg Procurement Transformation Grant, a partnership between the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Mayor’s Innovation and Performance Team, with technical assistance from the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab. The project aims to transform City procurement to be more… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Celebrates DATA Act Anniversary

City data leaders gather for a photo at the new Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center on Pennsylvania Avenue. Photo courtesy of the Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. This week, City of Seattle staff joined leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C. to celebrate and reflect… [ Keep reading ]

No Drill Sergeant Required: How Public Art Boot Camp Helps Early Career Artists Get in Shape

Seattle is the recipient of a $1 million Bloomberg Procurement Transformation Grant, a partnership between the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Mayor’s Innovation and Performance Team, with technical assistance from the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab. The project aims to transform City procurement to be more… [ Keep reading ]

Northeastern University students use Seattle open data to research solutions to advance energy efficiency

On March 22, City of Seattle staff joined graduate students and faculty at Northeastern University to kick off the “Needle in a Hack Stack” Hackathon competition at Northeastern’s campus in the heart of South Lake Union. The hackathon presented students with a set of problem statements to choose from to… [ Keep reading ]

Audit Your Way to the Top: How Seattle IT Maximized WMBE Spending

Seattle is the recipient of a $1 million Bloomberg Procurement Transformation Grant, a partnership between the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Mayor’s Innovation and Performance Team, with technical assistance from the Harvard Government Performance Lab. As part of our goal of elevating procurement as a strategic function… [ Keep reading ]

Data to Action: Seattle’s Winter Weather Response Map

Seattle is famous for many things: world-class coffee, hospitals, music, tech, outdoor recreation, the list goes on. We are also a famously difficult place to go out driving in the snow. Anyone who has braved our steep hills during a snow or ice storm knows that our landscape makes for… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s unified benefits application tool recognized by Anthem Awards

CiviForm, the City of Seattle’s unified benefits application tool, was recognized today with a 2024 Anthem Award. The program makes it easier for residents to find and apply for multiple City discounts and benefits in one place. It received a Silver Award in the Humanitarian Action & Services – Product… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City Light leans into efficiencies, time savings in contracting

Navigating bureaucratic processes can sometimes feel daunting, especially in the often complex world of contracting. But departments across the City of Seattle are working to make it easier for people to do business with the City. Take Seattle City Light, for instance. The utility’s Procurement Unit has shifted its method… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle announces winners of first Open Data Mini-Hackathon, launches One Seattle Data Strategy

Today, the City of Seattle hosted a mini-hackathon competition to engage data scientists, students, and community members with the City’s Open Data portal as part of the new One Seattle Data Strategy. The event was held at Tableau’s Fremont headquarters, hosted by Salesforce. The mini-hackathon challenged participants to build a… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle works to reform City buying to drive equity for minority-owned businesses

The City of Seattle spends a significant portion of its overall budget—about $900 million annually—on purchasing goods and services. While Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) account for nearly 38 percent of the city’s residential population, BIPOC-owned businesses earn only 14 percent of the City’s purchasing and contracting spend. This is why Seattle… [ Keep reading ]