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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 ]

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 ]

Performance Spotlight: Seattle Parks activations bring together communities most impacted by COVID-19

As Seattle continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re taking a look back on how the city responded to the public health emergency and how those strategies are impacting our communities today. Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in 2020 paused most in-person recreation programs… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle’s Digital Equity Grants provide more than connectivity

The City of Seattle released a new report reviewing the impact of several years of Technology Matching Fund grants, based on four years of narrative reports from community partners. Findings suggest that Technology Matching Fund programs are making a real difference in closing the digital divide for Seattle residents. The… [ Keep reading ]

New performance data shows Seattle’s progress on COVID-19 recovery projects

Seattle’s investments of $300 million in federal funding created new affordable housing, revitalized neighborhoods, and prioritized communities hit hardest by the pandemic Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released Seattle’s latest performance report on how the City’s COVID-19 response programs are helping residents recover from the pandemic. The report highlights accomplishments across… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle shares results of user research projects to improve City services

City of Seattle staff recently shared results from five high-priority user research projects aimed at improving delivery of public services. These projects were completed through Seattle By Design, a pilot program that connected a cohort of volunteer experts with City staff to answer questions and make recommendations using best practices… [ 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 ]