OED Weekly Round-up: March 11-17

Computer Science at UW receives a generous donation. Washington state job report brings good news. Seattle’s tech workers are in it for the long haul. Seattle Startup takes on stitches.

1. The University of Washington’s computer science program is getting a name change. After a generous $40 million dollar donation from Paul Allen, the school will be named the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. “The expanded program will help supply talent-starved Seattle-area technology companies with employees” per the Puget Sound Business Journal.

2. A recent job report from the Washington State Employment Security Department found that Washington’s unemployment rate “held firm” in January at 5.1%. This was good news because preliminary estimates had Washington state losing 7,200 jobs in January. Read the whole report from the Kirkland Reporter.

3. Seattle’s tech workers are a loyal bunch Geekwire reports. Software engineers stay an average of six months longer than their counterparts in San Francisco. This may seem like an insignificant difference, but it is a large chunk of the average total time engineers stay with a company: 29 months in Seattle to 23 months in San Francisco. This is just another data point that Seattle’s workforce is among the best in the country.

4. A Seattle startup is developing a high-tech replacement to stitches. KitoTech Medical’s MicroMend resembles a Band-Aid and uses micro staples to hold the edge o a wound together. This could make your next bad fall a little less of a hassle! They are planning a commercial launch this summer. Read the whole story on Geekwire

OED Weekly Round-up: March 4-10

Dick’s wants your input on their new location. The economic case for diversity and inclusion. Seattle program gets acclaim. Virtual reality helps with construction.

1. Dick’s Burgers is opening a new restaurant, and they want Seattle’s input on where it should be located. Kiro 7 reports that Dick’s will decide where their seventh location will be via online voting. Voters will choose a location on the Eastside or in South Seattle. Congrats to Dicks on a well-deserved expansion!

2. The more research, the more obvious it is that diversity and inclusion are pivotal to a healthy and growing economy. New data from the City of Seattle and New American Economy stated that immigrants paid $6.5 billion in state and local taxes and held $16.9 billion dollars in spending power in 2014. Moreover, the University of Washington’s student newspaper, The Daily, recently published an article laying out the economic argument for welcoming cities. Bottom Line Blog published facts that corroborated this argument in January. Naturalizing every undocumented immigrant in Washington state would grow the GDP by $31.5 billion over 10 years per the analysis of Robert Lynch and Patrick Oakford of the Center for American Progress. The annual cost of losing and replacing workers who quit their job due to discrimination is $64 billion dollars per year according to the Policy Link and Marguerite Casey Foundation. While diversity and inclusion are bedrock principles of the American dream, they are also good for business.

3. The Capitol Hill Times is reporting that Only in Seattle funds are boosting economic development on Capitol Hill. The article lays out how the funds will be distributed and the improvements that are expected.

4. Virtual reality is an exciting technology that continues to get more immersive and user-friendly. The Daily Journal of Commerce reports that Local engineers from Magnusson Klemencic Associates are aiming to use VR to make buildings less costly and easier to build. This application would allow engineers and builders to “virtually stand inside the building and look around to better understand how the pieces will fit together”. Expect to continue seeing groundbreaking and innovative VR applications in the years to come.

OED Weekly Round-up: February 25-March 3

Learn about a key leader in Seattle’s Biotech industry. Restaurateurs take action. A new program seeks to preserve Seattle’s legacy businesses. It’s award season for LGBTQ business leaders.

1.  Seattle Business Magazine profiles Leslie Alexander, CEO and President of Life Science Washington. Alexander discusses her Washington state roots, her success at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, and her strategy to engage legislators with the work Seattle’s biotech industry does so well. Life Science Washington is an organization that seeks to “support and grow Washington’s life sciences” through advocacy, collaboration, and investment.

2. The Seattle Times analyzes how restaurants engage in political advocacy. The column discusses recent fundraising campaigns by restaurateurs and how political action affects their businesses.

3. The Legacy Business Program is a recently proposed policy to help preserve Seattle’s oldest and most cherished businesses. MyNorthwest recently wrote a story on the proposed program and shared the perspective of legacy business owners.

4. Nominate outstanding LGBTQ business leaders and owners for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Pride of Outstanding Voices Awards! The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that they are “looking for outstanding LGBTQ business leaders, allies, and advocates who are advancing equality in the business world”.

Explore Seattle’s Restaurants During Dine Around Seattle Campaign

Dine Around Seattle is a biannual event that gives Seattleites an opportunity to explore the city’s exquisite restaurant scene. From March 5-23rd, Sunday through Thursday, 50 restaurants will offer a choice of two to three discounted courses consisting of appetizers, entrees, cocktails, or desserts for a set price. Select locations will also offer lunch. Participating restaurants include Ballard’s Skillet Diner, Belltown’s ORFEO, Capitol Hill’s Tango, Central District’s Seven Beef, Fremont’s Pomerol, South Lake Union’s Flying Fish, and much more.

The Dine Around Seattle campaign highlights small businesses that are crucial to Seattle’s economy. A dollar spent at a local independent restaurant creates three times more jobs, income, and wealth than a dollar spent at a national chain. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 8.2% of Seattleites work in food service or preparation. These are jobs that are accessible for all and can serve as a vehicle for economic mobility.

For more information on Dine Around Seattle, visit their website.

OED Weekly Round-up: February 18-24

Seattle Startup receives boost in funding. GoPoké opens their doors. Why are Cheap Eats so cheap? The New York Times profiles the working class.

1. Another week, another startup success story. Utrip is a company that develops trip-planning technology. According to a Seattle Times profile of the company, “Utrip’s technology is used by tourism organizations, hotels, and landmarks to help visitors plan their trips by offering a personalized itinerary.” They recently received 4 million in investments from various investors.

2. GoPoké recently opened in International District. Seattle Weekly tells the story of the Vietnamese brothers who opened GoPoké and discusses the proliferation of Hawaiian restaurants in Seattle.

3. The New York Times Magazine does a deep dive on America’s working class. How has it changed since the conception of the American Dream?

4. Cheap eats is a term commonly used to describe a restaurant with low prices and tasty food. However, cheap eats have a hidden cost. The Seattle Times goes behind the scenes.