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Mayor Harrell Celebrates Voters’ Historic Passage of $970 Million Housing Levy

Passage of the 2023 Housing Levy will provide the largest City investments to date over the next seven years into affordable housing. Seattle – The City of Seattle celebrates the resounding approval of an unprecedented $970 million Seattle Housing Levy by voters on November 7, 2023. The passage of the levy underscores… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Releases Generative Artificial Intelligence Policy Defining Responsible Use for City Employees

Seattle – Today, the City of Seattle released its Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy to balance the opportunities created by this innovative technology with strong guardrails to ensure it is used responsibly and accountably. The new policy aligns with President Biden’s Executive Order regarding AI announced earlier this week, and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Issues Executive Order Expanding City Contracting Equity, Supporting Women and Minority Owned Small Businesses

New Executive Order builds on existing efforts that drive economic empowerment and create pathways to grow generational wealth, particularly for women and minority owned firms. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell was joined by the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), Women-and Minority Owned business (WMBEs) leaders, and community partners to sign a new Executive… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Selected as “Role Model City” for International Ecosystem Restoration Cohort  

United Nations Environment Program’s Generation Restoration Collaboration Connects Cities to Improve Habitat SEATTLE – In recognition of efforts to support ecosystem restoration, the United Nations Environment Program selected the City of Seattle to participate in Generation Restoration, a collaborative initiative of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Seattle, which… [ Keep reading ]

SPD to Implement New First-in-the-Nation Ruse Policy, Setting Clear Standards to Allow Effective Operations, Prevent Abuse

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the implementation of the nation’s first policy governing the use of police patrol ruses. This policy, developed by the Seattle Police Department (SPD), was informed by a robust stakeholder process led by Seattle’s Office of Inspector General for Public Safety (OIG). Mayor… [ Keep reading ]

CARE Department’s Dual Dispatch Launches: Expanding Seattle’s Emergency Response Toolkit and Mayor Harrell’s New Public Safety Department

New pilot sends behavioral health responders to 911 calls, providing improved services and reducing strain on police staffing Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell joined public safety and community leaders to share details of the official launch of the Dual Dispatch pilot – a foundational program for Seattle’s newest… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Responds to Updated Revenue Forecast 

Seattle – Today, the Office of Economic and Revenue Forecasts released updated projections for 2023 and 2024 City revenues. Major revenue projection updates across 2023 and 2024 relevant to the ongoing budget process include: In response to this update, Mayor Harrell said, “The revenue improvements in this forecast are good… [ Keep reading ]

Downtown Activation Plan: Mayor Harrell Signs into Law Early Legislative Priorities 

New legislative actions deliver on the seven bold goals identified in the mayor’s Downtown Activation Plan, to transform Downtown into a top destination for Seattleites and visitors year-round. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined community leaders to celebrate and sign a slate of newly adopted legislation supporting the City’s Downtown… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Local Antisemitism Following Terrorist Attacks in Israel 

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement: “The acts of terrorism taken by Hamas militants toward innocent civilians in Israel are horrifying and unjustifiable, and I join leaders around the country and world in condemning this heinous assault in the strongest possible terms. “Seattle stands in solidarity… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with New Public Art Installations, Mural Downtown

Seattle – The City of Seattle is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month and unveiling new public art installations, including a bold new mural from artists Marisol Ortega, Tavo Garavato, and Víctor Meléndez. The mural, located in the historic Pioneer Square neighborhood at 4th and Yesler, is part of MEXAM NW… [ Keep reading ]