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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 4.2 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 Resources 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 2,600 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 Resources page to find resources to help you 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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Seattle Metro Chamber members debrief after local primary elections

By: Maggie Wilson Posted: 08/29/2019

Panel of political reporters featured Simone Alicea with KNKX, David Kroman with Crosscut, and Assunta Ng with Northwest Asian Weekly


Attendees of our latest Business Issues Forum met to debrief after August's local primary elections.

Chamber members heard from Andrew Thibault with EMC Research, who gave an overview of the results and delved into an analysis of voter turnout.

Our press panel, moderated by Richard de Sam Lazaro with Expedia, featured local political reporters Simone Alicea with KNKX, David Kroman with Crosscut, and Assunta Ng with Northwest Asian Weekly.

Thibault walked attendees through major takeaways from turnout and election results. Overall, there was remarkably high voter turnout in King County, at about 35 percent. The first district elections in 2015 had record low turnout, but turnout has been rising since. 

Speaking about what the primary results mean, Thibault said, "this is a very hard election to frame, but one key takeaway is, this is definitely a change election.” Read more about Thibault's take on the primary election results in his follow-up interview with Crosscut.  

The three reporters on our panel, Alicea, Kroman, and Ng, shared insights about what their audiences best engage with during local elections. Across the board, the reporters agreed their audiences have an easier time engaging with coverage of political candidates when that coverage is connected with local issues. 

Ng highlighted what she called “the youth factor,” citing the successes of Dan Strauss, Shaun Scott, Girmay Zahilay, and Sam Cho. All four were among the top two vote-getters in their primary races. She talked about the importance of same-day registration and mentioned how she and staff at Northwest Asian Weekly helped immigrants and refugees in her community register to vote. Ng also cited the video voter guide from Seattle Channel as a great resource.

Alicea had unique insight about presenting Seattle news to residents outside of the city, since KNKX is based both in Seattle and Tacoma. She discussed why what happens in Seattle is important to the rest of the region, Washington state, and nationally. Other cities are watching what happens in Seattle to study and, at times, emulate innovation here.

On framing the election results, Kroman noted that interpretations differ depending on whom you ask. However, one thing that is clear is that candidates’ promises to listen are becoming more salient. Asked about when the general public will start to hear specific policy ideas from candidates, he answered that this is a level of detail that will likely only come up if candidates are explicitly asked, whether by the media or by voters. Alicea added that many of the candidates in the City Council races are seeking office for the first time, so they do not have a record of policy decisions from which to extrapolate. 

All three agreed it can be hard for voters to have thorough knowledge of every candidate and every issue facing the city, especially when issues, like homelessness, are complex, and when there are as many candidates as there were in the primary elections. Local news outlets like theirs (CrosscutKNKX, and Northwest Asian Weekly) help communities understand how these politics intersect with their daily lives. 

You can follow Simone Alicea, David Kroman, and Northwest Asian Weekly on Twitter.

The Chamber's Business Issues Forum is the place to learn about and discuss emerging policy issues that matter to your business and the community. A benefit available only to members, meetings include informational briefings from guest speakers and structured discussion with fellow members.  

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