OED Weekly Round-up. January 13-20

1. The West Seattle Junction and Chamber of Commerce have received a $20,000 grant to answer the question, ‘Who is West Seattle now?’. Their goal is to build a unified voice for all West Seattle businesses. The grants were offered through the Only in Seattle Initiative, which is a partnership between Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED), the Seattle Department of Transporation (SDOT), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (OAC)

2. Uwajimaya has new leadership! Tomio Moriguchi has retired from his position as chairman of the Asian grocery chain. His daughter, Denise Moriguchi, will be the new CEO. Tomio Moriguchi has been in charge of Uwajimaya since the late 1960s. Enjoy your well deserved retirement, Tomio!

3. King 5 News profiles Phorale, a South Park restaurant that is gaining notoriety for the work they are doing for community kids.

4. Envelop VR’s closure has not deterred Venture capital firm Madrona from investing in and developing virtual reality. “We continue to believe in the future of VR and AR – for consumer experiences, entertainment, and enterprise innovation,” Madrona Managing Director Matt McIlwain told the Puget Sound Business Journal. “We have a strong portfolio of AR/VR related investments and are committed to the category for the long term.”

5. On MLK day, 200 young female students packed into a crowded movie theater in Seattle to watch the blockbuster film, Hidden Figures, and learn more about STEM fields. The event was sponsored by Techbridge, a non-profit that encourages pre-teen and teenage girls from low income schools to pursue a career in STEM. Watch the story on Komo News.

Bravo, Techbridge.