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Elevating Black Artists and Recovery With Appointment of Royal Alley-Barnes

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that Royal Alley-Barnes will be appointed to be the Interim Director of ARTS and the first Black woman to hold the position. Director Alley-Barnes will lead ARTS during this critical time in recovery while the next administration seeks a new permanent director. “I am incredibly excited that Royal Alley-Barnes has agreed to serve as the… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Testing Locations Administer One Million COVID-19 Tests

Free, Accessible Testing Remains Key to Curbing Further Spread of Delta Variant SEATTLE (September 14, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced that City of Seattle COVID-19 testing sites created over the pandemic have administered one million tests since beginning operations in 2020. Testing sites include fixed locations with… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle and Partners Launch Efforts to Support Small Businesses During Welcome Back Weeks

SEATTLE (September 10, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced partnerships with Intentionalist, Belltown United, and the South Lake Union Chamber to support downtown small businesses as part of Welcome Back Weeks. These efforts will involve 283 downtown businesses, approximately 95 percent of which are owned by women, people… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Statement in Support of President Biden’s Actions to Increase Vaccinations

Seattle (September 9, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement in support of President Biden’s new actions to increase vaccinations, protect workers from COVID-19, and curb the spread of the Delta variant: “I commend President Biden’s new efforts to increase vaccinations and keep our communities safe from the… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle and Partners Host Second Set of Welcome Back Weeks to Support Local Arts and Culture, Encourage Safe Visits to Downtown Seattle

City to Host Three Events Featuring Local Artists and Cultural Organizations as Part of Welcome Back Weeks Masking and Proof of Vaccination Are Required at all City of Seattle Welcome Back Events SEATTLE (August 30, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced a schedule of arts and cultural events… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces $7.5 Million in Direct Investment in Community to Support Neighborhood Economic Recovery

Investments include at least $1.2 million for community driven projects and up to $225,000 to 28 business districts throughout Seattle Seattle (August 26, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) announced $7.5 million in direct investments to support downtown and neighborhood economic recovery…. [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan to Sign Downtown Empty Storefront Legislation Into Law Following Unanimous City Council Vote

Temporary Change Will Increase Permitting Flexibility for Uses of Empty Storefronts to Help Bring Businesses and Artists Back Downtown Seattle (August 16, 2021) – Following unanimous passage by the City Council, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced today that she will sign into law legislation to allow more flexibility in permitted uses… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Vacant Storefront Legislation

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement regarding legislation that allows more flexibility in permitted uses for empty downtown storefronts moving out of the Seattle City Council’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee. “The downtown core is Seattle’s economic engine and heartbeat, and it’s up to us to help it come back better than ever for all those who… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Announces Timeline for Safely Reopening Public-Facing Counters, Customer Service Centers, Libraries, and Other City Facilities

Seattle (August 11, 2021) – The City of Seattle is safely reopening in-person public services at City Service Counters and programming at recreation facilities across the City. With 83% of Seattle residents over 12 years of age with at least one dose, and residents starting to return to their workplaces… [ Keep reading ]

Statement from Mayor Jenny Durkan on Passage of Sound Transit Realignment Package and Restored Graham Street Station Construction Timeline

130th Street Station Accelerated and Graham and Boeing Access Stations will also be restored to original construction timeline SEATTLE (August 5, 2021) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the follow statement after the Sound Transit Board of Directors voted on responsible realignment legislation and to keep Graham Street Station on… [ Keep reading ]