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Creative Occupations

Investing in creative skills and media arts workforce skills training is important to the City of Seattle. In 2019, the Office of Economic Development and the Office of Arts and Culture put out a Creative Economy Report. The report stated that the creative sector drives 18 percent of Seattle’s GDP, which is four times the national average, and Seattle's creative industries total nearly 70,000 creative workers. These workers, particularly those in the arts, culture, film, music, and nightlife, are not only essential to Seattle's identity and what makes this region special, but also powerful economic drivers. Creative occupations include, but are not limited to, live event production, graphic design, and music production.

For more information, please contact:
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Anisa Khoshbakhtian
Technology and Creative Sector Advocate
(206) 514-1929
Anisa.Khosh@seattle.gov

Economic Development

Markham McIntyre, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 5752, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94708, Seattle, WA, 98124-4708
Phone: (206) 684-8090
Phone Alt: (206) 684-0379
Fax: (206) 684-0379
oed@seattle.gov

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The mission of the Office of Economic Development (OED) is to help create healthy businesses, thriving neighborhoods, and community organizations to contribute to a robust economy that will benefit all Seattle residents and future generations.