Why Seattle-King County?
Information & Communications Technology
Data Sources: Washington State Employment Security Department, 2015; Washington State Department of Revenue, 2015; Washington Military Alliance; Washington Aerospace Economic Impacts 2016 Update; US International Trade Administration, 2014. All data is King County.
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- Washington has more software publishing jobs than any other state
- King County is home to Microsoft, Amazon.com, Expedia, Nintendo, T-Mobile, and RealNetworks, as well as engineering and operations for Google, Facebook, Apple, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Yahoo!, and Adobe
- King County has a higher concentration of interactive media companies than Silicon Valley
- The region has the country’s second-highest concentration of computer programming and engineering MSAs
An economy steeped in technology
With such a strong base of businesses, it is no surprise that information technology is one of the largest employment clusters in the region, directly supporting over 100,000 jobs. Our region has many strengths in the IT sector, including: software development and publishing; interactive media development and technologies; RFID; and wireless technologies and applications.
2016 Interactive Media Industry Assessment
A key region for growth
The rich pool of talent and nationally recognized educational institutions has led other major companies, such as Google and Facebook, to identify the region as a key location for future growth. It is also critical to helping the region establish an edge in new sectors—in particular, the Puget Sound is increasingly recognized as an international hub for interactive media sector. In 2013, the region had more than 330 interactive media companies, contributing to an economic impact of more than $36 billion.
Where Tech Companies Bring Big Ideas
- Washington State has a greater concentration of technology-based companies than any other state in the country. In fact, software publishing is the largest single component of Washington’s information economy generating 41 percent of all paid wages. That translates to 3.17 jobs for each direct wage and salary job in the industry.
- The Corporation for Enterprise Development ranked Washington #1 in the nation for digital infrastructure. From Spokane to Seattle, a strong rural broadband network connects to all points in the state and a robust fiber optic cable infrastructure connects Washington State to Asia providing the least latency for data across the Pacific and beyond.
- Forbes ranked Seattle #1 best city for tech jobs in 2011, citing job growth and the tech giants that form the bedrock of our business community. “[Seattle] has emerged as our No. 1 region for high-tech growth, based on long- and short-term job numbers. Built on a base of such tech powerhouses as Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing, Seattle has enjoyed the steadiest and most sustained tech growth over the past decade,” Joel Kotkin, Contributor at Forbes said. The magazine also ranked Seattle #3 Most Wired City in the country for 2010.
- Washington Interactive Network - Washington Interactive Network has as its mission four key objectives: To promote the region as a major center for interactive media To nurture and create opportunities for entrepreneurial and expanding businesses To develop and recruit talent to WA To educate government about the interactive media business.
- The Washington Technology Industry Association - The alliance focuses on helping Washington state technology innovators succeed. They are a catalyst for sharing expertise, delivering key business services and leading the advocacy of issues necessary to keep Washington a leader in the digital economy.
- MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest - One of 28 worldwide chapters, the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest is an all-volunteer non-profit organization, the goal of which is to “inspire, connect and educate entrepreneurs,” who are part of the business and technology sector in Puget Sound. The organization is managed by Technology Review, an independent media company owned by MIT.
- Technology Alliance - A consortium of Washington state technology businesses, their trade associations and research institutions, offers members the opportunity to network and learn from each other.
- TiE Seattle - TiE, which stands for “talent, ideas and enterprise,” is a global non-profit network of entrepreneurs and professions dedicated to developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and free-market economies around the world.