Seattle Economic Monthly, incubated each month inside the city’s Office of Economic Development, has placed a few choice metrics from our fair city into digital perspective (numbers-wise that is), in part by contrasting our local stats with the national peg points.
- Unemployment rate falls to 8.8%
- Consumer spending rises 0.7% in February
- Real GDP up 3.1% in Q4 2010
- 3.1 million jobs posted in February
- Seattle is the #4 office market in U.S.
- Seattle ranks 5th on small business vitality list
- Amazon ranks 1st as most reputable company in U.S.
- In 2010, Seattle’s total business profit across all sectors was $101.4 billion
- In 2008, Seattle’s maritime and manufacturing businesses supported more than 90,000 jobs
Seattle 2.0 Bestows Startup Awards on Three Year Olds (No wait, that’s the Kentucky Derby!)
The Seattle Startup community was given another opportunity to take a bow and praise the uber-achievers in their stables at the end of the week just past, bestowing awards on a select set of fast trackers (a few of which are at least Kentucky Derby age geldings) and who need practically no introduction. The event contrasts with the WTIA’s Industry Achievement Awards held closer to Academy Awards galas in March. Are the Seattle 2.0 awards the Tony’s?
The Cheezburger Network won the award for Best Consumer Startup. (We won’t quibble, but Wikipedia states they were launched in 2007).
SEOMoz took home honors for Best B2B Startup. We’ve known Rand & Company for nearly a decade but the company launched its software business a couple of years ago.
The Best Startup CEO went to Sunny Gupta of Apptio which emerged from stealth mode in 2008.
BestMobile Startup went to keyboarding reinventor Swype with the Best Startup Technologist going to Swype’s veteranfounder Cliff Kushler. All typo’s aside, it’s nice to see technology pioneers getting more keystrokes.
Best Non-Profit was awarded to Vittana and Best Angel Investor or VC went to Andy Sack.Congratulations to all the winners, including Animal Kingdom, a 20-1 longshot who won the Derby by a broken nose. Next to the horse’s odds, the Seattle 2.0 awards were a shoe-in. [24×7]
Interested in the Final Vision of the Seattle Waterfront? Be a part of the Waterfront Design Process – May 19
The kick-off event for the Waterfront design project on February 17 was a huge success with over 1,000 attendees engaged in the waterfront vision, and nearly 2,000 responses regarding the future design, and uses, of the Waterfront proposed by the project team. Follow the link below for a summary of the public input gathered from this meeting. Join James Corner and his team on May 19 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center as they present initial design directions for the waterfront. For more information, please visit waterfrontseattle.org