Economic Opportunity Task Force Records, 2002-2008

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Office of Economic Development
Economic Opportunity Task Force Records
2002-2008 (inclusive)
0.4 cubic feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
Details the work of the Economic Opportunity Task Force through its committees and sub-committees.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of Economic Development (OED) was created in 1972 as part of the Department of Community Development to provide information to businesses expanding or relocating in Seattle. Its main efforts consisted of business development and capital investment, business assistance and advisory services, business liaison, special projects, and research.

In 1992 the City Council reorganized the functions of the Department of Community Development and established the Economic Development Transition Project. This project was assigned responsibility to contract for services to manage the City's business loan programs and to develop and recommend a strategy for the City's economic development programs.

OED was reorganized into the Executive Department in 1993. Its assigned functions included coordination of programs and policies related to the support of a diversified economy, livable wage jobs, access to education, job training and self-employment opportunities, and increased capacity for local neighborhood revitalization. OED administered the City's business loan programs, including loans funded by Urban Development Action Grants, the Neighborhood Business Development Loan Program, Washington State Development Loan Funds, the Seattle Small Business Lenders Association, and Community Development Block Grants.

The Office negotiated and administered contracts with organizations engaged in the provision of economic development services. Additional functions included the implementation of Community Development Block Grant contracts, as well as administration of federal, state, and local grants such as Central Seattle Neighborhood Special Purpose Grants, Economic Development Administration Planning Grants, the Southeast Opportunity Fund, and the Southeast Good Neighbor Fund. OED provided staff support to the City's Industrial Development Corporation, which issued industrial revenue bonds to provide low-interest financing for private business investment in Seattle. The Office also assumed responsibility for staffing the Mayor's Small Business Task Force and administering certain contracts. The director was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Economic Opportunity Task Force was formed by Mayor Greg Nickels in 2002. Nickels created the task force during his first 100 days in office, seeing a perceived downturn in the Seattle economy in the early 2000s. The 38-member task force included individuals from around the Seattle community, from City Hall representatives to local business owners. The task force focused on finding ways to improve the Seattle economy through new strategies to assist employers, expanding living wage jobs, growing the clean energy sector, and overhauling the permitting process. Particular focus was given to the downtown core and the University District, as well as minority- or women-owned businesses. The economic impact of light rail construction was also a major topic. Records in this series include meeting and sub-committee agendas and notes, working draft reports, and email correspondence from task force members.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Economic Opportunity Task Force Records, Record Series 2102-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Economic Vitality Sub-Cabinet Meeting Agendas 2002
1 2 Economic Vitality Sub-Cabinet Mayoral Briefing 2002
1 3 Economic Opportunity Task Force One Year Report 2003
1 4 Economic Vitality Sub-Cabinet Meeting Agendas 2003
1 5 Multifamily Property Tax Exemption Program 2002-2004
1 6 Mayor's Economic Opportunity Task Force Sub-Committee Planning 2005
1 7 Subcommittees 2005
1 8 Meeting Notes 2005
1 9 Three Year Update 2005
1 10 Land Use Subcommittee 2005
1 11 Transportation Subcommittee 2005
1 12 Economic Opportunity Subcomittee 2005
1 13 Mayor's Response to Economic Opportunity Task Force 2005-2008

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Subject Terms

  • Alaskan Way Viaduct (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Economic development--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Land use--Government policy--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Property tax--Washington (State)--Seattle