Jon Scholes, CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association. Op-Ed originally published in the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Last month, the Downtown Seattle Association hosted our annual State of Downtown economic forum to review the state of our economy and Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhood.
It’s no secret. People and jobs are flocking here in record numbers – and developers are responding.
In 2016, $4.4 billion of commercial and residential construction was underway in our center city and 20,000 new jobs were added in just a single year. This record investment, along with associated taxes and fees, protects our region’s natural areas and funds important public services and infrastructure crucial to keeping Seattle livable and welcoming.