Welcome

For those who live, work, and play here, Seattle is more than just a city. It’s a source of inspiration. In a setting of breathtaking natural beauty dominated by our iconic Mt. Rainier, Seattle combines a game-changing drive to innovate, a richly diverse and exciting cultural scene, and a spirit of shared community pride you won’t find anywhere else in the world. There’s a reason Seattleites are so devoted to our city. In fact, there are many.

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    A Launchpad for the Commercial Space Industry

    For entrepreneurs who reach for the stars, Seattle is ready for liftoff. Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ Seattle-area aerospace company, launched a game-changing reusable rocket that will dramatically reduce the cost of commercial space exploration and improve its sustainability. Elon Musk chose to locate SpaceX’s new satellite engineering headquarters in Seattle, while Paul Allen’s Vulcan Aerospace is investing in local space exploration start-ups as part of its mission to make space access convenient and affordable. Aerojet Rocketdyne builds the rocket engines that have propelled spacecraft to every single planet in the solar system, and six daring Washingtonians have participated in space missions to the International Space Station.

    These visionaries are creating a world where you’ll one day have the choice of vacationing in Maui or Mars; and they’re doing it in Seattle. What does our city have that the competition doesn’t? With its deep pool of aerospace talent, top-tier universities and collaborative culture, it’s no wonder that Vulcan’s president Charles Beames thinks Seattle is “putting the space back in the Space Needle.”

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    Welcome to Seattle’s Second Century of Aerospace Leadership

    The birthplace of modern aviation, Seattle is home to aerospace companies that have been connecting people across and beyond the globe for more than 100 years. It began when Bill Boeing took his first flight around Lake Washington and decided he could build something better. His dream gave birth in 1916 to an aviation company that, a century later, flies people to every corner of the earth. Today, a Boeing airplane takes off or lands somewhere in the world every two seconds around the clock every day of the year. Boeing technology helped astronauts walk on the moon and powers the International Space Station.

    Reaching higher and flying farther is in Seattle’s DNA. An aviation ecosystem of thousands of aerospace companies connects us across the planet and beyond our solar system. Here, we are inventing lightweight materials that improve strength and speed, and new wing shapes that increase fuel efficiency. We’re a place that welcomes outside ideas, encourages collaboration and rewards bold thinking. It’s why Incredible Works Here.

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    A New Way to Look at the World

    Imagine stepping onto the surface of Mars and marveling at its stark red landscape. Imagine medical students learning complex anatomy using 3D imagery. Imagine making design changes on the fly as you and your architect take a virtual tour of your new kitchen.

    Thanks to the innovators at Microsoft, we can mix digital content and objects with the real world, creating virtual experiences in ways we never thought possible. With technologies like Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully self-contained holographic computer, entirely new doors of creativity and innovation are being opened by people and commercial customers around the globe. This kind of visionary thinking springs from Seattle’s unique culture of innovation; a place where technology, imagination and a limitless sense of possibility add up to an inspiring mantra: Incredible Works Here.

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    Photo Credit: Graham F. Page / EMP Museum / Authentic Hendrix

    Music: A Major Key to Understanding Seattle

    Music is the heartbeat of a city and Seattle’s is particularly strong. From Bing’s mellow crooning to Jimi’s electrified blues, to Heart’s full-throated rock ‘n’ roll, Seattle has led the way, galvanized the counterculture and added to the pantheon of iconic artists. Our music reflects our fierce independence and inventive drive. Ernestine Anderson and Quincy Jones made Jackson Street a jazz mecca, producing music that continues to thrill aficionados. As Sir Mix-a-Lot grew his hip-hop following, the Seattle grunge scene was also beginning to gain momentum. Sub Pop bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam went on to express the yearnings of a generation, and Sleater-Kinney inspired riot grrrls. Today, Brandi Carlile recounts poignant stories of our lives, while Macklemore challenges the status quo with flow – and without a major record label. These artists and all of the incredible music coming out of Seattle continue to add to our musical pulse that can be felt across generations, geography and genres.

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    Seattle and the Retail Revolution

    Chances are good that someone in Seattle revolutionized your day. Amazon gave you a library in the palm of your hand and changed your perception of how fast groceries could be delivered to your door. Starbucks gave you the power to order the perfect cappuccino right from your phone. Visionaries at Expedia thought ‘there has to be an easier and quicker way to plan a trip’ and then brought a world of timely information to your fingertips. There’s something about this city – creativity, openness to new ideas and a drive to improve how things work – that for generations has made Seattle the center of the retail revolution.

    It was here in Seattle that John W. Nordstrom made a commitment to exceptional service, selection, quality and value, bringing us great shoes and high fashion. It was also here that the founders of Costco unleashed the power of the warehouse club, bringing members high-quality goods and services at lower prices. Each day Seattle innovators reinvent retail, finding new ways to make your day a little more incredible.

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    A Boulevard of Hope: Seattle’s Life Sciences Corridor

    Immunotherapy is ushering in a new wave of therapies with the potential to cure cancers once thought incurable and Seattle researchers are leading this revolution. Immunotherapy is a direct result of Nobel Prize winning research in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation that was advanced by Seattle oncologists and researchers a generation ago. Scientists reprogram T cells and harness the body’s own immune system to seek out and destroy malignant cells without harming healthy tissue, paving the way to a less invasive, more humane way to treat and cure cancer.

    Along Seattle’s burgeoning life sciences corridor of South Lake Union, brilliant medical minds are bringing hope to thousands of cancer patients worldwide. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and UW Medicine are expanding the boundaries of knowledge in immunotherapy. What’s more, they are doing it the Seattle way with compassion, collaboration, creativity and a relentless search for the incredible.

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    Mother Nature’s Favorite Region

    From a downtown Seattle skyscraper, the view astounds. Ringed by majestic mountains and beautiful water, Seattle is a place that inspires incredible adventure. America’s greatest climbers have broken in their boots on Seattle’s mountain playgrounds. In 1963, the first American to scale Mt. Everest was a Seattleite. Fifty years later, the first woman to climb it without supplemental oxygen was one of our own. From the extreme to the everyday, Seattle offers the perfect base camp. Set out in any direction and you can ski down a glacier, view tide pools from a sea-stacked beach, fly-fish a forested stream or chase a child’s dream through an alpine meadow of wildflowers.

    Here we are inspired to help each other explore. Weyerhaeuser’s 1.3 million acres of working forests in Washington provide not only products to build our homes, but also a place for recreation and education. We are also the home of REI, outdoor specialty retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-op, owned by more than six million active members. We are a region of outdoor enthusiasts, daily exploring Seattle’s 6,500 acres of parkland and 350 miles of regional trails where neighbors can jog, bike and stroll. Nature is a part of our ethos. Here, we never forget how important it is to get outside.

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    Photo Credit: Laerdal Global Health

    Seattle: A World Capital of Global Health

    How can a tiny cup change the world? For the millions of premature babies and newborns who face critical health issues because they are unable to breastfeed, the “NIFTY Cup” does just that, ensuring they get the nutrition they need to survive and thrive. This simple, low-cost, yet innovative solution was developed in Seattle by global health organization PATH, in collaboration with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

    Seattle is home to a vibrant ecosystem of nearly 200 global health organizations that don’t shy away from taking on the world’s toughest problems. Driven by cutting-edge research and collaboration with partners and communities around the globe, these organizations are working to eliminate diseases from the face of the earth, delivering life-saving immunizations to millions, using new tools to strengthen local health systems and performing modern surgical techniques like corneal implants that allow blind people to see the world with new eyes. In Seattle, incredible things happen to make the world a better, healthier place.

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    Seattle’s World Changing Philanthropy

    Lifting families out of poverty by focusing on opportunities for women and girls. Converting waste streams into clean drinking water while destroying pathogens and capturing energy. Eradicating malaria through high-tech gene editing and low-tech traps that reduce mosquito populations by 94 percent. Harnessing innovation, education, technology, and a conviction in the power of the human spirit to reduce inequity, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners are showing the world how we can unlock the potential inside every individual and improve the quality of life for billions of people.

    The world’s largest philanthropy, the Gates Foundation, is right at home in Seattle with its deeply rooted culture of generosity. And just down the street, Seattle Foundation supports individual and family philanthropists in improving the quality of life here and abroad. This region also leads the nation in private foundation revenue per capita. What’s more, Seattleites donate over 120 million hours of service every year to causes big and small. Seattle is a city full of dedicated volunteers who give their time and money to make this region, and this world, a better place. Because, in Seattle, we know that when big ideas meet big hearts, incredible things happen.

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    A Research University in a Class by Itself

    Imagine you are diabetic and are able to receive a notification on your phone that your blood sugar is low, without ever having to draw a drop of blood. Researchers at the University of Washington are making this possible, developing the world’s first Wi-Fi-enabled contact lens that can measure blood sugar levels through tears and send the data directly to a mobile device. With implications for all types of connected devices, from credit cards to brain implants, this innovation pioneered at UW will transform the way we manage our health.

    Boundless learning and remarkable breakthroughs happen every day at the world’s top-ranked public university for innovation. A leader in entrepreneurship and incredible inventions, the UW has had a hand in the creation of everything from the color TV and advanced ultrasound technologies, to apps that turn everyday smartphones into mobile health labs. A university with projects and partnerships around the world, the UW has also teamed with China’s Tsinghua University to establish the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), which will combine international collaboration and project-based learning to change our world for the better. Because when higher education meets higher purpose, incredible things happen.

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    A World City That Thrives on Diversity

    Seattle is a welcoming, open door of a city – a City of Inclusion. People from all over the world flock here for our dynamic business climate, our pristine natural beauty, our lively arts scene and our tolerant civic attitude. Seattle is a richly woven tapestry of cultures, races, religions and lifestyles. We led the nation by legalizing marriage equality by popular vote. We are home to the most diverse zip code in the United States; 98118 in the Rainier Valley is a mini melting pot where 59 different languages are spoken.  It’s why Seattle was chosen to host the 50th Anniversary Special Olympics USA Games in 2018.

    Our differences don’t divide us, they unite us in a daily celebration of community and respect. You can hear it in a Ukrainian folk song. You can taste it in a Vietnamese báhn mì. You can feel it carved into a Native American totem. You can hear it in the seismic swell of voices rocking the stands of every Seahawks game. Seattle is a global city that teems with the ideas, energy and spirit of its vibrantly diverse population.

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    An Inspired and Inspiring Visual Arts Scene

    Seattle welcomes people who see things differently, embracing creativity and spawning movements. With its setting of breathtaking natural beauty, our region has inspired artists since Native Americans began weaving baskets and carving totem poles in the image of bears, orcas and ravens. Pioneering glass sculptor and Washington native Dale Chihuly fused nature with glassblowing, creating exciting new forms and textures. Today, his work is shown the world over and his Pilchuck Glass School is a mecca for glass artists.

    From the Olympic Sculpture Park on Elliott Bay to Noguchi’s massive ìBlack Sunî in Volunteer Park, art is everywhere and for everyone. You’ll find it in the galleries of Pioneer Square, Georgetown and Capitol Hill, in Fremont’s curbside statue ìWaiting for the Interurban’ and in Pike Place Market’s giant bronze piggy bank, ìRachel.î (Rub her snout for good luck!) Visit the Seattle Art Museum and encounter the works of Jacob Lawrence, African American painter and Seattle transplant; the mystical paintings of the Northwest School; and an impressive collection of contemporary Native American art and artifacts. Who knows what all that creativity might inspire in you?

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    Technology Reigns in Cloud City

    Coronated “King of the Cloud” by GeekWire and “Cloud City” by the Seattle Times, Seattle is leading the country in cloud innovation, powered by tech titans Amazon and Microsoft. The top two cloud computing companies in the world, Amazon and Microsoft together account for nearly half of the globe’s cloud computing infrastructure.

    Seattle is at the forefront of cloud innovation and abuzz with groundbreaking companies, including Tableau Software, Concur, Chef, Apptio, and Socrata, leveraging the cloud to redefine our world. Other cloud providers are flocking to the region to expand their operations and tap into Seattle’s expertise.

    “Consumers may not realize it, but a lot of Silicon Valley firms rely on Seattle companies to deliver important services,” adds Mike Riolo, former CEO of Seattle’s Virtuozzo, according to GeekWire.

    With incredible innovation comes incredible opportunities—in the form of highly sought after careers (in fact, there are thousands of positions companies are looking to fill right now). There is only one “Cloud City,” and the future here is bright, indeed.

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    A Working Waterfront, a Thriving Maritime Industry

    The Seattle waterfront is more than just a pretty place. As the closest large-scale U.S. port to Asia, the Port of Seattle is a major trade gateway and the nation’s connection to the world economy. It’s vital to the economic health of Washington State as well. Trade is our state’s biggest economic driver with a maritime industry worth a massive $30 billion annually. Rather amazing, considering our enviably small carbon footprint, we are the greenest way to ship goods from Tokyo to New York City.

    As we strive to be the most sustainable port, we’re also working hard out on the water. With a skilled local labor force and proximity to some of the world’s most productive fisheries, the Port of Seattle is home to the Alaska fishing fleet, which lands an impressive 40 percent of the U.S. fish catch each year. Alaska-bound cruise travelers know our port as the gateway to northern adventures with nearly one million passengers departing from Seattle each year. From the row of gleaming cruise ships docked at our piers to the giant cranes lining our waterfront, to the Alaska fishing fleet delivering bountiful hauls of salmon, crab and halibut, our port is open for business.

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    The Seattle Food Scene: Your Table Is Ready

    Julia Child once said, People who love to eat are always the best people. Ms. Child would have felt right at home in Seattle. From a steaming bowl of pho to a freshly shucked oyster, we are a city that loves to eat. Few places can match Seattle’s combination of innovation and freshness. Each night, 14 James Beard Award winning chefs including Maria Hines invent new wonders of culinary delight, while countless Zagat-rated restaurants serve up favorite flavors from around the world. Thirsty? Seattle is a birthplace of the craft beer movement, and Washington is the No. 2 winemaker in the United States. Here, more than 900 wineries invent new varietals and produce award-winning wines each year.

    Incredible meals are inspired by incredible ingredients. Golden hops, fresh salmon, crisp apples, organic milk and more are brought within hours from Seattle’s waters and neighboring farms straight to the table. The city is a culinary mecca with its heart at Pike Place Market. One of the nation’s oldest continuously running farmers’ markets has brought together food lovers with farmers, bakers, butchers and fishermen for 110 years to delight in the region’s bounty of homegrown incredible goodness.

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