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The Reader – Bringing over 500 jobs to Seattle
From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
EMC Isilon brings 200 new jobs to Pioneer Square
The Seattle economy is growing as three companies announced plans to bring new jobs to Pioneer Square, Fremont and the University District. On Wednesday, the EMC Isilon Storage Division opened their new offices in Pioneer Square and announced they would bring 200 new jobs to Seattle over the next 15 months. Mayor McGinn welcomed Isilon founder Sujal Patel and EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci to the neighborhood, joining Zynga, ShareBuilder, Discovery Bay Games and Undead Labs among tech companies choosing Pioneer Square to locate offices.
Since EMC acquired Isilon Systems in December 2010 to create the sixth largest technology company in the world, they have been aggressively hiring in Seattle. They specialize in large data storage, which is crucial to our local biotech and tech industries and we are proud they are keeping a strong presence in Seattle.
Brooks Sports to move headquarters and 300 jobs to Fremont
The second announcement came today when Mayor McGinn welcomed Brooks Sports, which will relocate their headquarters to Fremont. Brooks Sports is bringing 300 jobs that will supporting local businesses and provide quality jobs for Seattle residents. The location along the Burke-Gilman Trail makes this an ideal location for Brooks’ active employees and customers.
The building that will house Brooks Sports is a new 120,000 square foot building that will meet the City of Seattle’s Living Building Challenge. Thanks to employees in the City’s Departments of Planning & Development, Economic Development, Public Utilities, City Light and Transportation who helped make this project possible.
Microsoft Store opens in University Village
60 new jobs came to University Village today when Microsoft opened a new retail store. Mayor McGinn joined members of the public and Microsoft executives to unveil the new store. Overall more than 40,000 Microsoft employees work in the Puget Sound region, and many of them live in Seattle.
Seattle wins federal grant for high-capacity transit
On Tuesday, the Federal Transit Administration announced a $900,000 grant awarded to the City of Seattle to study high-capacity transit.
“The federal government took a close look at our proposal and believes the project is a good investment in moving people quickly and reliably through downtown and to our neighborhoods,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “Combined with rail planning money I have proposed in the 2012 budget and funding from other sources, this brings us closer to expanding our streetcar network and giving people better transportation choices.”
“I’m pleased that Seattle has been selected to receive this grant to help the city plan responsibly for its future high-capacity transit needs,” said Congressman Jim McDermott. “This will put Seattle in a better position to compete for transit dollars, and the family-wage construction jobs that will come with them when Congress passes the American Jobs Act. I take great pride in being able to support continued investment in critically needed projects like these that plan, maintain and improve our city’s transportation systems.”
This grant, which required a smaller matching investment in planning dollars from the City, shows us that we can leverage federal money to expand rail in Seattle even with modest local investments. This funding will help us connect the South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcars to each other and to other neighborhoods.
Road Safety Summit
The Road Safety Summit starts on Monday. Join us at one of the three gatherings to have your voice heard:
•Monday, October 24th, 6pm in the Bertha K. Landes room at City Hall RSVP
•Tuesday, November 15th, 6pm at the Northgate Community Center RSVP
•Monday, November 21st, 6pm at the Southwest Community Center RSVP
Upcoming Events (for more see http://seattle.gov/Engage/access.htm):
6:00 p.m. – Road Safety Summit, Bertha Knight Landes room, City Hall (600 4th Ave)
6:00 p.m. – Transit Master Plan Open House, Aljoya Thornton Place (450 NE 100th St)
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