Only in Seattle Initiative Request for Applications Available Now

The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is partnering with Seattle Investment Fund, LLC, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS) to make approximately $1,600,000 available for the Only in Seattle Initiative in 2016. The Initiative provides grant funding and staff support to foster neighborhood business districts that allow small businesses to grow and flourish, make a positive contribution to the city’s economic health, reflect the unique character of the neighborhoods where they are located, contribute to their vitality, and empower business owners to organize around a common vision and attract investment.

Applications are due 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 via the online grant system. Late applications and paper copies will not be accepted.

Review the links below to apply:

Apply today!

Public Meetings
Two public meetings will be held to answer questions about the program and RFA. All interested applicants are encouraged to attend at least one session. If you are unable to attend and have questions about the RFA, please contact the Only in Seattle team directly.

Wednesday, October 7 at 10 am
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Ave Floor 60, Room 6070
Seattle, WA 98124
Register here

Wednesday, October 14 at 4 pm
2100 Building
2100 24th Ave S, The Board Room
Seattle, WA 98144
Register here

For more information, contact:

Theresa Barreras, Business Districts Manager at (206) 684-4505 or

Heidi Hall, Business Districts Advocate at (206) 733-9967 or

Mikel Davila, Business Districts Advocate at (206) 386-9748 or

Only in Seattle Newsletter – September 2015

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

In this edition:

  • Peer Network;
  • Rainier Beach Art Walk;
  • Free Business Speed Coaching;
  • Central Area Block Party;
  • Neighborhood Events;
  • and more!

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Seattle City Light Offers 2015 Excess Transmission Capacity for Resale

Seattle City Light is offering for resale excess capacity that it controls on the Bonneville Power Administration’s transmission system.

City Light does not currently need this portion of the transmission capacity it has the rights to on BPA’s system. Transmission needs can change over time, however. The one-year sale is designed to maximize the value of this transmission resource for the utility and its customer-owners while protecting access to that resource in the future.

The product being offered is BPA firm network point-to-point transmission for 2015. Responses to City Light’s request for proposals are due Friday, Dec. 12 by 4 p.m.

Bidders are subject to credit approval by the utility’s Risk Oversight Division. Bids of longer tenors will be given priority. City Light reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids and to modify this offer.

All bidders must be registered BPA customers and provide their BPA customer number. Participants have to bid flat, meaning they have to be willing to buy on peak and off peak transmission bundled together. We do this to protect the long-term nature of our transmission. 

Details of the offering can be found here.