Seattle: America's Next Big Gateway

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At last week's Consolidation Task Force meeting, task force member Kay Ehas asked Paul Crawford of the Office of Economic Development (OED) if our local government was aware of what it takes to retain young professionals and if we are doing anything about it. That question went unanswered. With this in mind, Metro Jacksonville shares a photo essay of Seattle by a young professional from Jacksonville, who now lives on the West Coast. Seattle is nationally recognized as a thriving city for millennials. Compare this environment with what you know of Jacksonville and decide for yourself if we know what we're doing to retain young professionals.



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The view at Columbia Center is only around 900 feet, but with that hill leading up from the water, I bet you're at least as high up off the Sound as the John Hancock Center is high off Lake Michigan in Chicago.


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The International District (very Asian, particularly Vietnamese?).


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Look at that natural beauty!


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I tend to love cities with ferries (Seattle, SF, NYC, Anchorage, Hatteras, Stockholm, Sydney, Osaka, etc).


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