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Mayor Harrell Nominates Jenifer Chao to be Next Director of Department of Neighborhoods 

SEATTLE (February 9, 2023) – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he will appoint Jenifer Chao to serve as the next Director of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). Chao, a community engagement leader, currently serves as the Deputy Director of Strategy and Administration in the City of Seattle’s Finance… Filed Under: City Administration

King County and City of Seattle announce updates to employee vaccine mandate

Following updated public health guidelines, King County and the City of Seattle will no longer require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. In alignment with updated Public Health – Seattle and King County guidance, Executive Dow Constantine and Mayor Bruce Harrell announced today that King County… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs Executive Order Supporting Culturally Responsive Victim and Family Support Services for Immigrant and Refugee Families 

SEATTLE (February 1, 2023) – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell signed a new Executive Order directing City departments crisis response teams to work together to coordinate and adopt practices and procedures which are culturally, linguistically, and religiously responsive under the law in situations related to sudden, unexpected, and unnatural death.   Mayor… Filed Under: Public Safety, Racial Equity and Social Justice

Application for Working Families Tax Credit Opens February 1, Providing Payments Up to $1,200 to Individuals and Families in Seattle

Seattle –Starting on February 1, Seattle residents will be able to apply for a new annual tax credit that will provide payments up to $1,200 for low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Washington. The Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) was approved and funded by the State legislature in 2021. The… Filed Under: Economic Development

Seattle Awarded $25.6 million ‘Safe Streets’ Grant by USDOT for Underserved Neighborhoods 

Projects enhance safety for all travelers in Rainier Valley, SoDo, Downtown, and U District and advance Vision Zero goal to prevent serious injuries and deaths on Seattle streets by 2030 SEATTLE – The City of Seattle was selected today by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) for a competitive… Filed Under: Public Safety, Transportation and Development

Statements from City of Seattle Leaders on Memphis Police Video 

Seattle – Today, City of Seattle elected and public safety leaders released the following statements regarding video released of the beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. Statement from Mayor Bruce Harrell: “The appalling, egregious, heinous beating death of Tyre Nichols is devastating – for his family, for his community,… Filed Under: Office of the Mayor

One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan Posts Q4 Data Updates  

New data shows progress in key areas of bringing people indoors, new housing units, reduction in some public safety incidents   Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell released the updated data sets from the fourth quarter of 2022 for the City’s One Seattle Homelessness Action Plan and public-facing dashboard. In… Filed Under: Housing and Homelessness

Mayor Harrell Statement on Pedestrian Death in South Lake Union

Mayor Harrell made the following statement on the death of Jaahnavi Kandula: “This was a horrible and tragic incident. My heart goes out to the family of the young woman killed, and to all community members who share the pain of yet another shocking and agonizing traffic death. “Our public… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Opening of Convention Center

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “The new Summit building of the Seattle Convention Center represents a cornerstone of our vision for a revitalized and activated downtown Seattle. Adjacent to hotels, restaurants, and other attractions, the Summit is the perfect destination package to attract new visitors and… Filed Under: Economic Development

City of Seattle distributing free ORCA Cards to more than 10,000 Seattle Housing Authority residents  

Seattle – Mayor Bruce Harrell and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) are partnering with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) to provide free unlimited-use ORCA cards to all residents living in SHA-owned and managed housing through December 2026. This pairing between an affordable housing program and an accessible public transit… [ Keep reading ]