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A community devoted to lifelong learning

We’re the second most literate city in the nation, and we’re breaking down barriers to make it easier for our students to attend college – gratis. And, one of our most beautiful downtown buildings is the Central Branch Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas. With all of this intellectual and educational capital, Seattle is an excellent choice for placing education-associated meetings.

College Education for All

Seattle is ranked #1 among big cities for percentage of young adults with a bachelor’s degree, but we aim to do ever better. Washington State is projected to see almost 380,000 job openings over the next five years. An estimated 70% of those jobs will require a post high school credential, so our city aims to set our students up for success. The Seattle Promise will enable graduates from all Seattle Public High Schools to attend college for two years—tuition free.

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UNESCO City of Literature

In 2017, Seattle was designated as a City of Literature by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)—just one of two cities in the country to receive this honor.

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World-Class Education Institutions

Seattle is home to a diverse collection of higher education institutions. From the globally-ranked University of Washington, to the remarkable art, music and theater programs at Cornish College of the Arts. Each is a catalyst for our thought-leaders of tomorrow.

Community-Backed Libraries

In support of our library system, Seattle passed the historic 1998 “Libraries for All” bond measure—the largest ever passed (by 70%) in public library history! This measure launched a $290.7M project to build and renew The Seattle Public Library with improvements spanning all twenty-seven library branches, including the massive work of art that is our Central Branch. To this day, Seattle’s library system is woven seamlessly into the fabric of our communities, fueling the city’s passion for reading.

Seattle Publishing Houses

Seattle is home to two of the nation’s leading poetry publishers: Copper Canyon Press and Wave Books. In addition, Sasquatch Books and their children’s imprint, Little Bigfoot, strive to bring local talent to a national audience and Seattle-born Amazon Publishing impacts the industry on a global stage.

Contact our team to learn more about placing your meeting in Seattle—where curiosity and inspiration are contagious.


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