SEATTLE, WA - King County has retained the services of Community Attributes Inc. (CAI) and its president and CEO Chris Mefford to provide economic development advisory services as the county conducts a national search for a full-time Economic Development Policy Advisor for the King County Executive’s Office. Since June 2015, Mefford has served as a CEO on loan, on an on-call basis, to support the county’s economic development efforts through a contract with CAI.
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SEATTLE, WA — Community Attributes Inc. (CAI), a regional leader in data analytics and economic strategy, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Since 2005, CAI has promoted sound community growth and business strategies by informing decision makers with data-driven economic analyses that demonstrate impact.
President and CEO Chris Mefford started the company in July 2005, and has grown CAI to the 25-person firm it is today. Throughout the years he and his team of experts have developed a prolific network of clients, friends and partners that most recently includes the Washington State Department of Commerce; Puget Sound Regional Council; King County; City of Seattle; Washington State University; Swedish Medical Group and Providence Medical Centers; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and numerous municipalities, businesses and statewide industry associations. With firm roots in the Puget Sound area, CAI has positioned itself as an on-the-ground partner in regional economic development.
City University of Seattle was again ranked among the top online education providers for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. In 2014, CityU was highly ranked for its online bachelor’s programs for veterans, and this year three additional rankings were achieved.
In all four categories, CityU was the highest ranked education provider based in Washington State.
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Join CityU at the Cornish Commons, a state-of-the-art, 20-story residence hall located in the vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood in downtown Seattle – just steps away from your classes at CityU, theaters, parks, restaurants shopping and much more!
Construction of the Cornish Commons will be completed in August and ready for students this fall. Designed for you, the Commons offers single units, doubles, doubles with kitchens and triples, all fully furnished.
Tired of an unforgiving and hectic schedule that’s typical of the entertainment industry, Cal Ledbetter felt it was time to consider other career options. After helping a few of his coworkers and friends work through some personal issues, Cal felt a pull toward counseling and decided to research graduate programs in the Seattle area. With counseling as one of CityU’s prominent programs, it easily became a top choice for Cal to advance his new career.
“I appreciated the way that CityU focused on counseling,” Cal said. “They had very seasoned professors, and I was really impressed when I went and interviewed there.”
Despite his 20-plus years of experience in the financial industry, Roderick Read struggled to find employment after being laid off from his position in the treasury department at large corporation. Never completing his bachelor’s degree stood in his way of securing full-time work.
“I thought that with my career, salary and status in the international and now domestic community I didn’t need a degree,” Roderick said. “Wake up call! As is often the case in large corporations, politics can blindside anyone.”
As economies and markets throughout the world become more connected and inter-dependent, businesses and corporations face a greater need to identify, manage and hedge risks to their operations. With corporate risk fast becoming a growing field that requires skilled professionals, CityU is excited to offer courses through our School of Management that teach topics ranging from cyber-crime to risk prevention.
As a teacher, Dr. Christine Moloney’s goal was to make a difference in the lives of her students. Today, her goal remains the same, but now as an administrator she’s able to expand her reach across an entire school district.
“When I went into teaching I had a fantastic time, but I realized I wanted to make a difference for more than just the kids in my classroom,” she said. “When I went into administration I absolutely loved it because I was making a difference for the entire school. Then I transitioned a third time because I wanted to make a difference for more kids—not just at one school, but a whole district. So that’s my goal.”