OED Weekly Round-up: April 1-7

The Rainier Beach Merchant Association has a new Community Business Manager. Seattle’s maritime industry turns to local high schools to solve labor shortage. More evidence emerges that Seattle is the destination for software engineers. Salt and Straw comes to Seattle.

1. The Rainier Beach Merchant Association announced Phyllis Porter as their new Community Business Manager. Porter previously served as a Community Partner with the Seattle Department of Transportation. The Community Business Manager is a position funded through the Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle grants. Congrats Phyllis!

2. Seattle’s maritime industry aims to expose high school students to job opportunities in the maritime sector. On Thursday, 100 students from local high schools toured Seattle’s maritime academy.  Rainier Beach High School student Malcom Dunston stated that “It’s awesome…. [to be] out here and trying out new things I’ve never tried before.” The Seattle maritime sector is expecting a shortage of 150,000 workers by 2025. Industry leaders are hoping that that gap can be filled by increasing outreach to Seattle’s talented youth.

3. Vancouver and Seattle are neighboring cities that have a lot in common. Both cities are renowned for their vibrant culture, nightlife, and penchant for out of the box ideas. However, currently Seattle is the hotter destination for software engineers. A new study reported by Business Vancouver found that software engineers in Seattle earn almost twice as much as their Vancouver counterparts, while also benefiting from lower housing cost. The analysis also gave Seattle the advantage over San Francisco.

4. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that Salt and Straw, a Portland based ice cream company, will open their first Seattle location in Capitol Hill on Pike and Boylston. Salt and Straw is known for their unique flavors and fun atmosphere and will join other Seattle ice cream titans such as Molly Moon’s, Bluebird ice cream, Frankie & Joe’s, among others. Welcome to the neighborhood Salt and Straw!