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Mayor Durkan and Superintendent Jones Sign Letter of Intent to Move Forward on Reimagined Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center and New Downtown School

SEATTLE (October 4, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Seattle Public School Interim Superintendent Brent Jones announced a new partnership between the City and Seattle Public Schools to replace Memorial Stadium, and to provide the opportunity for a new school to serve downtown Seattle using a city property. The 74-year-old… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $9.8 Million to BIPOC- Led Community Organizations Through the Equitable Development Initiative

SEATTLE (September 10, 2021) — Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced $9.8 million in awards through the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), the largest annual total since EDI’s first awards in 2017, to support the purchase of additional properties to house BIPOC organizations at risk of displacement. EDI is a central component of the City’s effort to support Seattle’s… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million Equitable Communities Initiative Recommendations Signed into Law

Task Force led the city’s largest self-determined, community-led effort to fund strategies to improve outcomes for BIPOC community SEATTLE (August 11, 2021) – Following Seattle City Council’s unanimous vote to lift their proviso, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan signed into law the recommendations of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force (ECITF), providing $30 million… [ Keep reading ]

City announces $10.4 million to Community Organizations Focused on BIPOC Safety

Programs cover a range of services and upstream investments from violence prevention to restorative justice Seattle (July 21, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced awardees of the 2021 Community Safety Capacity Building RFP. The City is providing $10.4 million in one-time funding for 18 months… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million in Upstream BIPOC Community Investments Recommended by the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force Delivered to City Council

To improve disparate outcomes for communities furthest from equity the Task Force developed 9 recommendations with 18 implementation strategies Upon Council’s proviso lift millions can be dispersed to community by end of 2021 SEATTLE (July 13, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan transmitted $30 million in investments recommended by the Equitable Communities… [ Keep reading ]

$30 Million Strategic Investment Fund to Support Seattle Site Acquisition for Community Projects and Anti-Displacement Efforts

SEATTLE (June 4, 2021) — Building off the Equitable Development Initiative (EDI), Major Jenny A. Durkan announced today that Seattle’s Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) is seeking proposals for $30 million for land and property acquisition to respond to disproportionate displacement pressures impacting Black, Indigenous and people of color communities. Requests for Proposals are now open for organizations in high displacement risk neighborhoods, areas with low access to opportunity, and places where future… [ Keep reading ]

Leveraging New Federal Funding, Mayor Durkan Announces New Seattle Promise Expansion Partnership with Seattle Colleges and University of Washington

City of Seattle and Seattle Colleges announce expanded equity scholarships, access to pre-college coursework in Summer 2021, and University of Washington transfer pathway program for Promise scholars SEATTLE (June 3, 2021) – Leveraging new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announces expansion of Seattle Promise to address impacts on students during COVID-19 and new partnerships… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan, Council President González and Chair Mosqueda Launch ‘Seattle Rescue Plan’

American Recovery Act funding prioritizes homelessness, small businesses, direct assistance to workers and families, community health and equity Seattle, WA — On Thursday Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, together with Council President M. Lorena González and Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, announced the “Seattle Rescue Plan”, a $128.4 million package in federal recovery… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Preschool Program Expands with 14 New Classrooms and Summer Extension for 2021

Applications Open for Families to Enroll Three- and Four-Year Olds for 2021-2022 School Year SEATTLE (March 16, 2021) – Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that applications for the 2021-2022 Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) are now open, with three new partner agencies and 14 new classrooms opening this fall. The new additions bring the total number of SPP classrooms to 129 (which includes 20 Family Child Care sites), with capacity to serve up to 2,054 preschoolers. Joining the family of SPP providers are Hilltop Children’s Center, Community School of West Seattle, and… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle, Sound Transit and Port of Seattle Announce $1.75 Million Investment for Construction Diversity Programs and Equity in Workforce Development

SEATTLE (March 2, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced a first of its kind partnership today among the City of Seattle, the Port of Seattle and Sound Transit to invest $1.75 million to provide long-lasting construction careers for historically underserved communities, with room for upward growth. The investments aim to reduce existing racial disparities in construction and in the larger community through access to family wage jobs,… [ Keep reading ]