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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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Why does 5G matter for Seattle?

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 05/31/2019

Five key takeaways from our Business Issues Forum on this new technology

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At the May Business Issues Forum, Seattle Metro Chamber members learned more about 5G wireless networks, the significance of the technology from a regional perspective, and the deployment process for this technology in Seattle. Read on for insights from our expert panel.

What is 5G?

5G is fifth-generation wireless technology. Moderator Beth Cooley, senior director of state legislative affairs for CTIA, an advocacy group for the wireless industry, asked for a show of hands that revealed most attendees had multiple wireless products in their homes – illustrating that many members will likely see this technology in both their work and personal lives.

What’s new about 5G?

As PCMag reports, “5G brings three new aspects to the table:

  1. Greater speed (to move more data)
  2. Lower latency (to be more responsive), and
  3. The ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).”

Why does 5G matter for our economy and communities?  

Cooley noted that 5G will serve “mission-critical” communications well. For example, faster wireless connectivity could save lives by improving emergency response time. A 60-second difference is extremely meaningful in life-saving measures and to fire responses, she noted.

5G and the creation of smart communities is also exciting for economic development regionally. There are 3 million new jobs projected across the United States related to 5G deployment, she said, citing an Accenture Strategy report – and 6,700 projected new jobs for Seattle. 

In addition to job creation, 5G brings the potential to improve aspects of our quality of life, such as commuting, through new types of sensors in bridges and roads that could more quickly alert public works and transportation staff to issues. The New York Times reports that 5G technology also has applications for a wide range of industries, including industrial robots, telemedicine, video games, sports and shopping.

Ken Lyons, senior vice president of jurisdiction relations with Wireless Policy Group, shared his excitement at the prospect of transportation agencies implementing 5G. Lyons talked about the rise of the app-based economy, and how that economy required 4G. 5G will likely reinvent communications and communications platforms in ways we haven’t thought of yet, Lyons said. But, leadership needs to recognize and take advantage of the opportunity that 5G presents, he said.

What’s needed for successful deployment in Seattle?

Speakers noted the importance of speedy implementation and reducing processing times for 5G small cell deployment. Panelist Kim Allen, senior vice president of land use entitlements and strategic planning for Wireless Policy Group, talked about how helpful it is to create design standards, describing standardizing design as one way to reduce processing times by eliminating a recurring full-blown aesthetic review. 

How are communities in our region already engaging with this technology?

Panelist Kathy Putt, government affairs manager for Crown Castle, heralded the City of Bellevue’s collaborative work to add 5G infrastructure. Bringing everyone to the table in the planning process resulted in quick joint approval, because every voice was heard during development. Kim Allen spotlighted the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in advocating for 5G – and how important it was that the Chamber emphasized the significance of 5G to keeping the city competitive for residents and business.

Putt encouraged Seattle to follow Bellevue’s lead. She cautioned that delay could result in uneven availability of this technology. For example, residents and employees in Bellevue may have access to 5G and then come to Seattle and not have access.


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