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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 ]

Join us! One Seattle Open Data Mini-Hackathon

**Update as of December 4, 2023: Registration for the mini-hackathon is now full, but you can register below to join the waitlist. The City of Seattle is developing a vision and plan, the One Seattle Data Strategy, to advance our use of data and analytical information. A successful data strategy… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle featured in American Rescue Plan Data and Evidence Dashboard

The City of Seattle is highlighted in Results for America’s newly updated American Rescue Plan Data and Evidence Dashboard. The dashboard is based on an analysis of 200 Recovery Plan Performance Reports from across the country, providing a snapshot of how jurisdictions have used COVID-19 recovery funding in their communities…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle welcomes 2023 Public Policy Fellows

Last month, Mayor Bruce Harrell welcomed graduate students participating in the 2023 Mayor’s Public Policy Fellowship to develop public policy and programs for the public good. Working with departments across the City, the nine Fellows will work on and learn from a wide range of meaningful projects for the City… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s CiviForm tool recognized in 2023 Smart 50 Awards

The City of Seattle’s CiviForm tool was named one the 50 most transformative smart projects of 2023 by Smart Cities Connect. Affordable Seattle is an an online resource to help residents find benefits they may be eligible for in the City of Seattle. CiviForm is an open-source tool that makes… [ Keep reading ]

Black Tech Night: Building Community and Advancing Equity in Seattle’s Technology Hub

The Seattle Office of Economic Development in partnership with F5, Zillow, Google, and the Downtown Seattle Association, hosted the second Black Tech Night on April 13, 2023 in downtown at Inside, a recent graduate of the Seattle Restored program. The Black Tech Night series was created through Mayor Harrell’s One… [ Keep reading ]