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Mayor Durkan Creates Innovation Advisory Council

Mayor Durkan signed an Executive Order creating the City of Seattle’s first-ever Innovation Advisory Council (IAC) to harness the power of technology to create innovative strategies and solutions to the most urgent challenges facing Seattle and our region – from homelessness to transportation. Find the full press release here. Watch the full press conference on the Seattle Channel.

Some key things to know about the announcement:

  • Mayor Durkan is bringing together some of our region’s most innovative companies and organizations to address the City’s most urgent challenges – from homelessness to transportation.

Seattle has always invented the future, and we have some of the world’s most innovative companies right in our backyard.

Smart cities harness the power of technology and innovation in their community – and that’s exactly what Seattle is doing.

From homelessness to transportation to affordability, we need shared solutions that bring government, business, labor, philanthropy, and communities to the table. Initial commitments for the IAC by Amazon, Artefact Group, Expedia Group, Flying Fish, Microsoft, Tableau, Washington Technology Industry Association and Zillow Group.

The council will identify opportunities where technology and data can be used to help Seattle improve its processes.