Mayor McGinn will be giving his State of the City address on February 21 at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers (Seattle City Hall). It can also be viewed on the Seattle Channel (http://www.seattlechannel.org/).
Mayor Mike McGinn today transmitted to the City Council a legislative package to reduce regulatory burdens that hinder job creation. The package was developed by a panel of developers, neighborhood activists, design professionals, labor leaders, and environmentalists. Mayor McGinn convened the panel as part of his Jobs Plan, to spark innovation and entrepreneurial investment, and make it easier for businesses to be sustainable in Seattle.
We’re seeing a wave of new construction across Seattle, and that’s a signal of an accelerating economic recovery. Our Jobs Plan pledges to foster a business climate and environment where all businesses can thrive. That includes doing what we can to encourage construction. When Mayor McGinn heard that it was taking some builders as much as 9 weeks to get a permit appointment with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), he directed DPD to act. Today you can call and get a permit appointment within two weeks. That helps get workers off the bench and into the field, working at jobs with good wages that help build Seattle’s future.
The 2009 Seattle Energy Code has now been approved. City Council approved the 2009 Seattle Energy Code on October 18, 2010. The Mayor signed the legislation on October 22, 2010.
Mayor Mike McGinn is pleased to announce Seattle Public Utilities Operations Control Center (SPU OCC) achieved the city of Seattle’s first LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certified project. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
City of Seattle has won a Judges Merit Award for its innovative civic engagement efforts for Neighborhood Planning Updates and Status Check. Gov. Chris Gregoire announced the winners of her 2010 Smart Communities Awards for creating livable communities in Washington State.
The children and families of our city are facing many difficult challenges. As a community, we need to talk about what we want for our kids and how best to create a healthy, positive and equitable environment for all families in our city.
Mayor Mike McGinn today approved a new ordinance to identify energy-wasting buildings. The Energy Disclosure Ordinance, unanimously approved by the Seattle City Council on January 25, 2010, will give City residents and property owners the tools they need to make necessary improvements. City officials say the new ordinance is critical to meeting the City’s energy goals, while commercial property owners and energy efficiency contractors point to the economic and business benefits of the new policy.