OED Weekly Round-up for January 6-13

Weekly Round-up is a new blog series that highlights top stories about Seattle’s economy.

      1. OED Startup Advocate David Harris sits down for an interview with Seattle24x7. David describes a day-in-the-life of a startup advocate and what 2017 has in store for tech.
      2. Crosscut discusses 8 great ideas for Seattle in 2017. They highlight some of the best ideas from 2016 that should be revisited in 2017. These include creating a place for affordable businesses, establishing a private library, and preserving non-profit media.
      3.  Visit Seattle CEO Tom Norwalk says they are “turning away more business than they can book”. In an interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal, Norwalk discusses Seattle’s hospitality business and how the city’s booming economy impacts it.
      4. Geekwire reports that Bill Gates and Bellevue-based patent holding company Intellectual Ventures are partnering up to patent a high-tech football helmet that would keep football players safe.The helmet would not just reduce force to the head but also detect when a player is at risk for concussion. Considering there are roughly 250 concussions per year among NFL players, we’re rooting for you, Bill.
      5. King 5 reports on the Request for Proposal (RFP) that Mayor Murray recently released. The RFP lays out a plan to turn KeyArena into a venue that can potentially host an NBA and NHL team, as well as music and entertainment.