Only in Seattle Newsletter – September 2017

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • OIS Peer Network Invitation – Meet OED’s Small Business Team and Consultants;
  • OIS Request for Application available September 30;
  • Midtown Center Represents New Model for Development;
  • Little Saigon Crosswalks Installed;
  • Organizational Development Resources;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Data at your Fingertips – Only in Seattle Peer Network Recap

On Thursday, June 29, district managers from around Seattle gathered in the Beacon Hill Library to learn about two sources of data relevant to business districts – OED’s Business Decision Engine and King County’s LocalScape. OED’s Economic Intelligence Advisor, John Crawford-Gallagher, presented the ins-and-outs of how to use the Business Decision Engine, and Business Improvement Area Advocate, Phillip Sit, presented features of LocalScape pertaining to district managers.

The Business Decision Engine presents data in a way that existing business owners and entrepreneurs can access conveniently. Market research topics ranging from transportation, competition and environment to employment trends, population growth and industry trends are at the fingertips of small and mid-sized businesses to make the best decision for their company and discover future business opportunities. The beta version of the Business Decision Engine is out now and John is accepting additional feedback that will help improve the tool.

With LocalScape, district managers can access property data and demographics easily for any customized boundary. District managers that want to engage community members around a Business Improvement Area, or advocate for resources or support will find census data, property valuations, and permit activity all on the site. King County updates the data every two weeks and district managers can use it to engage with new property owners and their development projects. The flexibility of the tool makes it a great resource for districts to craft a compelling story.

OED’s Business Districts Advocate, Mikel Davila shared additional data resources, including the Only in Seattle Neighborhood Data Profiles – a profile of six key indicators that track the general health and vitality of a commercial district over the last 5 years using city, county and state data. The indicators are: population, number of firms, jobs, retail/restaurant sales, and residential and commercial vacancy and rental rates.

Keep a look out on the Bottom Line blog, the OIS newsletter and the OED website for the upcoming Peer Networks and don’t forget to take the Peer Network Survey and tell us what topics you’d like to see next.

For more information, please contact:

Business Decision Engine:
John Crawford-Gallagher, Economic Intelligence Advisor
john.crawford-gallagher@seattle.gov, 206-684-4008

LocalScape:
Phillip Sit, Business Improvement Area Advocate
phillip.sit@seattle.gov, 206-256-5137

Only in Seattle Newsletter – June 2017

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • OIS Peer Network Recap and Survey;
  • Restaurant Success orientation in Delridge on June 22;
  • Liberty Bank groundbreaking ceremony on June 19;
  • West Seattle seeking branding and communications consultant;
  • LISC funding opportunity;
  • Seattle U Business Finance Workshops;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Only in Seattle Newsletter – March 2017

The Only in Seattle newsletter is designed to share resources and information with leaders in Seattle’s neighborhood business districts.

In this edition:

  • OED launches the Business Decision Engine;
  • Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative looking for businesses the need interns;
  • Plate of Nations Going on Now;
  • Columbia City Name Tag Days this weekend;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications Available Now, Due Oct. 31

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) to make approximately $1,400,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative in 2017. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster inclusive neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish. The Initiative focuses on supporting small businesses and property owners to organize around a common vision for their district and attract investment. Funding for projects or staff will enhance the ability for small businesses that reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located to contribute positively to the city’s economic health.

Applications are due 11:59 pm PST on Monday, October 31, 2016 via the online grant system. Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.

Review the links below to apply:

Apply today!

 

INFORMATION SESSION

An Information Session will be held on Wednesday October, 14, 2016 at 2:30pm in the Seattle Municipal Tower, floor 16, room 1610.

Seattle Municipal Tower
Floor 16, Room 1610
700 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Parking: Paid parking is available in the SeaPark (6th & Columbia) and ImPark (6th & Cherry) parking garages and in available street parking.

Register today!

OFFICE HOURS

Theresa, Heidi and Mikel will have office hours dedicated to working with you on any questions or concerns you might have. Please reach out to schedule an appointment.