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Updating the fire code to better support our innovative life sciences sector

Over the past year the mayor’s office, Seattle Fire Department, Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Economic Development have been working with leaders in the life sciences sector to determine how the City can better support the needs of this rapidly growing industry. In our conversations with them, we heard that changes […]


New art project unveiled to educate public about solar energy

Today Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Light and Pacific Science Center unveiled a new interactive art project designed to demonstrate the science of solar energy in an accessible way. Five sculpted flowers standing up to three stories tall now greet visitors to Pacific Science Center and Seattle Center with a creative lesson in renewable energy […]


Seattle launches pay by phone for parking

Making it more convenient to park on the street, today Mayor McGinn launched the City of Seattle’s new pay by phone parking initiative. Beginning with downtown’s retail core, drivers are now able to use their phones to pay for on-street parking without needing to visit a pay station or display a printed sticker. Users can […]


“Predictive Policing” software rolled out citywide

Mayor Mike McGinn and Deputy Chief Nick Metz announced today that new “Predictive Policing” software will be deployed in all five precincts, and asked community members to get involved by reporting crimes proactively. The software has been used by police departments all over the nation to reduce crime through deep analysis of crime and location […]


Mayor’s Office launches Startup Seattle initiative to support local technology startup community growth

Leaders of Seattle’s startup community and the city of Seattle have teamed up to launch Startup Seattle, an initiative to support the growth of the Seattle technology startup community and establish Seattle as an internationally recognized home for emerging technology companies. Today, Mayor Mike McGinn hosted a press conference to announce the group’s action plan […]


Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Local Irish Pub Mulleady’s recently signed up to receive an energy upgrade through the City’s energy efficiency upgrade program, Community Power Works. Magnolia business owner Travis Stanley Jones runs Mulleady’s Irish Pub on tight margins, and he has managed to stay mostly in the black through the long economic downturn. However, one nagging issue is […]


State of the City speech focuses on recovering local economy, plans for the future

Mayor McGinn today delivered his 2013 State of the City address in Seattle City Council Chambers. He detailed indicators of a recovering local economy, building great neighborhoods, new efforts to improve early learning in Seattle, a plan to update the Neighborhood Policing Plan and work to build out Seattle’s rail transit network. He also announced […]


City of Seattle, University of Washington, and Gigabit Squared announce plan to develop ultra-fast broadband network

Plan begins with demonstration fiber project in 12 Seattle neighborhoods SEATTLE (December 13, 2012) – Today Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the City of Seattle has reached an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to develop and operate an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network. The plan will begin with a demonstration fiber project in […]


Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn: We are the city of the future

This is a cross-post of a GeekWire article by Taylor Soper (@Taylor_Soper), originally posted on November 8th at 11:25 pm. When Seattle hosted the World’s Fair 50 years ago, people predicted a 2012 full of flying cars and jetpacks. Of course, that hasn’t happened yet. But speaking to a packed house Thursday night as part […]


Increasing access to existing fiber optic cable network

Mayor McGinn released a request for information (RFI) today to identify private parties who may be interested in using the excess capacity of the city of Seattle’s fiber optic cable network for providing high speed internet services and increasing competition among service providers. “We are moving ahead on expanding our next-generation infrastructure, helping Seattle compete […]