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Named by Kiplinger's as one of the "10 Best Cities for the Next Decade," the Seattle metropolitan region is a great place to live, visit and do business. It's home to some of the most recognizable global companies and a diverse population of more than 3.7 million people. Whether you're looking for economic opportunity, cultural events or educational excellence, you'll find it—and much more—in Seattle. 

The Seattle metro area has it all: globally recognized companies, growing small and minority-owned businesses, highly skilled workers, cutting-edge research and thriving industry clusters. Learn more about how to grow your business here on our Business Tools page.

5 things you may not know about businesses in the Seattle metro area:

1. Seattle is home to many globally-recognized organizations that are headquartered in our region, including: Amazon.comBoeing Commercial AirplanesMicrosoft CorporationStarbucks Coffee CompanyCostco, WeyerhaeuserNordstromREIAlaska Airlines, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

2. Small and minority-owned businesses are a vital and thriving contributor to the Seattle metro economy and the community at large. The Business Index 2010, produced by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, ranks the state's tax system fifth in the nation for entrepreneurship and small business. According to the 2010 Washington Minority Small Business Survey, conducted by the University of Washington's Business and Economic Development Center, 36 percent of minority-owned businesses anticipated hiring within the next three months.

3. Seattle consistently ranks as one of the most highly educated cities in the nation with 56 percent of residents having at least a bachelor's degree. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook, Salesforce.com, Zynga and Google are some of the Bay Area tech companies that have opened offices in the Seattle area to tap into the region's deep talent pool.

4. Seattle is home to world-renowned public and private research institutions. Including the University of Washington, one of the top public universities for research funding. Private institutions and companies also have extensive research functions. According to a study by the Technology Alliance, Washington state has especially strong R&D spending by business and nonprofits.

5. The Seattle metro area has a strong base of established industry sectors, such as aerospace, information technology and retail. It's also a center for creative and emerging industry segments, such as interactive media, music and clean technology.

The Seattle Metro Chamber's nearly 2,200 member companies are here to help make your stay memorable. Visit our membership directory to search for hotels, restaurants, event planners, taxi and bus services, tours, museums and other attractions. 

5 things to know about visiting Seattle:

1. Seattle's many restaurants are as richly diverse as the region's people. Choose from a variety of cuisines such as, Moroccan, Indian, Asian, French and Thai. Or, treat yourself to fresh seafood—a signature of northwest dining.

2. Seattle Metro Chamber members offer a variety of lodging options including hotels, resorts, long-term rentals, apartments and more.

3. Are you attending a conference or planning an event in the Seattle area? Chamber members are here to help! Search our member directory for trusted venues, photographer, caterers and more.

4. Looking for transportation options around the Seattle area? Search our member directory for reliable airline, taxi, charter, bus or limo services.

5. Seattle is packed with things to do. We've got aquariums, stadiums, casinos, cruises, festivals, museums, tours, zoos and more!

Looking for reputable businesses to help your business or family relocate to Seattle?

5 things you need to know before you relocate to Seattle

1. There are many components to moving your business to Seattle. Check out our Business Tools page to find all the resources you need to get started.

2. Planning to relocate to Seattle, but still looking for office space? Our Membership Directory can help you find available locations.

3. If you're looking for a moving company to help make the transition easier, check our list of movers in the Membership Directory.

4. Choosing a realtor for your home or business can be stressful. Use one of our trusted realtors to help you get settled.

5. Looking for more information about schools in the area? The Seattle Times has compiled a Seattle school guide to help you make important decisions about your child's future.

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Transportation briefing at Chamber on key actions during Seattle Squeeze

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 12/21/2018

Traffic patterns will change significantly

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We’re less than a month away from the Seattle Squeeze – when several transportation and construction projects converge, increasing pressure on our transportation system.

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Leadership Group and Transportation Task Force hosted a presentation on transit plans and commute alternatives during the Seattle Squeeze.

What to know before the Seattle Squeeze:

Heather Marx, Director of Downtown Mobility with the Seattle Department of Transportation, discussed how important it is for employees and employers to create commute plans before the Seattle Squeeze transit impact.

The Viaduct is set to permanently close on Jan. 11.

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In early 2019, the tunnel is scheduled to open. The Washington State Department of Transportation and City of Seattle will host a grand opening celebration on Feb. 2 and 3 to mark the final days of the viaduct.

The tunnel will initially open toll-free, Marx said, and as early as late summer, will be tolled.

“Traffic patterns are going to change significantly,” Marx said.

Inevitably, Marx noted, the toll will cause disruption and some diversion as people come to terms with the new structure.

Marx spoke about five pillars for downtown mobility:

• Monitoring and managing our transportation system
• Reducing the number of drive-alone trips downtown
• Investing in transit and expanding access
• Managing the public right-of-way
• Communicating with the public

Transportation leaders are working hard to ensure these pillars are upheld during the Seattle Squeeze. 

Some of the ways Washington transportation leaders have prepared ahead of increased commute pressure: 

• Monitoring and responding 24/7 to changing traffic conditions and weather
• Adding traffic cameras and monitoring devices
• Increased traffic incident response teams
• Increasing use of real-time construction, bridge openings, railroad closing, and travel time data by 3rd party applications
• Adding temporary transit lanes on Cherry, West Seattle Bridge, 4th Ave S. and Aurora 
• Eliminating eastbound contraflow lanes on Seneca Street
• Opening transit and freight bypass between Alaskan Way and E. Marginal Way
• Allowing all traffic to use the southbound HOV lane from Mercer to Corson
• Restricting on-street parking on key arterials
• Expanding hours when key bridges do not open for mariners 
• Expanding transit priority hours on 3rd Avenue to 7 days/week (August 2018)
• Identifying and preparing staging areas for Metro relief buses to maintain transit reliability
• Increasing West Seattle Water Taxi service – extra boat added

If you’re a Chamber member who would like to get involved with our Transportation Task Force, please contact our Vice President of External Affairs, Dominick Martin.

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