ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Southeast Seattle is Open for Business

Southeast Seattle is open for business! Creating accessible living wage jobs and wealth on a broad basis, is the major social justice and equity goal for this diverse neighborhood. SEED fosters strategic commercial and entrepreneurial development, and provides local access to programs that create pathways to the jobs, through skills training. SEED is committed to vigorous advocacy and action geared to stimulate business investment and jobs in Southeast Seattle, by offering affordable small business spaces, technical assistance, innovation, and marketing.

Southeast Seattle is a great place to locate or grow a business. Multiple assets make this community the business site locale of choice in Seattle.

  • Location and transportation. Our area (south of I-90 and west of I-5) has excellent access to truck and train transit lanes, and is close to SeaTac International Airport and Sound Transit’s Light Rail stations. The SoDo industrial area and Port of Seattle infrastructure are immediately to the west, downtown Seattle just to the north, Renton to the south, and Lake Washington, Mercer Island, and Bellevue easily accessible to the east.
  • Labor force. Our highly diverse population of about 84,000 has a strong work ethic and is eager for job opportunities, an eagerness fueled by a surprisingly high unemployment rate here. Many immigrants here are striving to apply or learn needed skills. About 30% are Asian, 30% East African and African American, and the rest are European or of mixed ethnicity.
  • Affordable sites. Compared to other parts of Seattle, Southeast Seattle has attractively priced land, buildings, and commercial rents. Complete infrastructure and utilities are available.
  • Amenities. Southeast Seattle is rich in international diversity, filled with arts and culture, and has first rate restaurants. Educational options are multiple, with four high schools and four nearby community college facilities.
  • Business Support. SEED’s professional economic development team, coordinating closely with commercial brokers, the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, and other community partners, provides responsive and consistent customer service to businesses in need of expansion or site assistance.

For more information, please contact Lance Randall, SEED Director of Economic Development: lrandall@seedseattle.org