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Public-Private Partnerships that make a difference: City of Seattle and Verizon team up with the Friendship Circle of Washington

City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund (TMF) and Verizon team up with the Friendship Circle of Washington to provide digital skills training to developmentally disabled youth What do you get when the City of Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund (TMF), Verizon, and the Friendship Circle of Washington work together to leverage… [ Keep reading ]

Juneteenth is a time to connect to community and culture

Juneteenth commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally informed of their freedom and freed by the U.S. Army from Texas slave owners—two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2021, President Joe Biden was the first U.S. president to recognize the Juneteenth… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Next Chief Technology Officer: Mayor Harrell Appoints Accomplished Government Executive and IT Leader Rob Lloyd

(This article was originally published by the Office of the Mayor on May 30, 2024) Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has selected Rob Lloyd as Seattle’s next Interim Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Director of the Information Technology Department (IT) following a national search. An accomplished government and technology… [ Keep reading ]

Watch a recording of the May 21 presentation and discussion of the City of Seattle’s 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study

Recorded on May 21, 2024, this presentation reviews the findings of the 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study, conducted via survey and focus groups by the City of Seattle with 4600 residents. The session shares data and insight on internet access and use, devices, digital skills, civic participation, training… [ Keep reading ]

Global Accessibility Awareness Day at the City of Seattle

The City of Seattle’s GAAD Planning Team prepared eight different sessions for a variety of audiences within our workforce, including legal requirements, stories of successes within City departments, and interviews with members of the disability community about their personal experiences.

You’re invited to our virtual event! Digital Equity/Inequity in Seattle: Learning from 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study community research

Join us for a data discovery and discussion session as Seattle IT presents Digital Equity/Inequity in Seattle: Learning from 2024 Seattle Technology Access & Adoption Study presentation and discussion on Tuesday, May 21, from 3-4 p.m. with an optional extended conversation from 4-4:30 p.m. This virtual Webex event is an… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Celebrates DATA Act Anniversary

Last week, City of Seattle staff joined leaders from across the country in Washington, D.C. to celebrate and reflect on the tenth anniversary of the federal Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act. This event was hosted by the Bloomberg Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University for lawmakers, policy… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle awards community organizations funds to support digital equity needs

More than two dozen language groups to benefit from $545,000 in grant funds The City of Seattle is pleased to announce the annual Technology Matching Fund (TMF) award recipients for 2024. This year, 18 community organizations will receive $545,000 in Technology Matching Fund awards to provide digital equity programs and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Channel nominated for 15 Northwest Emmys

The Seattle Channel’s staff is honored and humbled to receive 15 Northwest Regional Emmy Award nominations from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). These nominations, announced via social media on Friday, underscore the quality and breadth of programming produced by Seattle Channel in… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle wins national recognition for work in digital equity and accessibility

The City of Seattle was named a winner in the seventh annual Smart Cities North America Award (SCNAA) in the category of Digital Equity and Accessibility. Seattle was recognized for its inclusive design initiatives on public-facing digital experiences.