Community Attributes Inc. President & CEO Named King County’s Interim Economic Development Advisor

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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Community Attributes Inc. Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

We tell data-rich stories about communities that are important to decision-makers… since 2005

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.

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CityU Newsletter May 2015

40th Commencement Ceremony

imageCityU will hold its 40th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, June 20 at 1PM at the Key Arena. Join us to congratulate the Class of 2015 on all their hard work! This year’s graduation speaker will be Washington’s 15th Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, who is currently serving her first term. Elected in 2012, she is the second female Secretary of State in Washington history and the only woman currently holding statewide executive office. Following the ceremony, please also join us at the President’s Reception in the Seattle Center. Tickets or invitations are not needed for students’ guests. To find out more about Commencement, visit CityU’s Commencement page. Read more…

Residence Hall now Accepting Applications

imageLive and learn in Seattle! 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. Submit an application today! Read more…

Student Profile: Emily Dean, Bachelor of Science in Project Management

imageAlready working in project management and eager to grow her career, Emily Dean was excited to enroll at CityU to further her knowledge and get her degree. CityU’s flexibility made it all possible. With graduation right around the corner, Emily is happy to say she juggled the demands of her full-time job, the rigorous curriculum of CityU’s Bachelor of Science in Project Management and plans for her upcoming wedding. Congrats to Emily and the Class of 2015! Read more…

CityU Ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Having Best Online Programs for Veterans

imageCityU was again ranked among the top online education providers for veterans by U.S. News & World Report. This year CityU was highly ranked in four categories:

  • Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans -Ranked 23rd
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans (Excluding MBA) -Ranked 57th
  • Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans -Ranked 100th
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans -Ranked 137th

CityU is proud of its 40-year commitment to serving military personnel, and is honored to be recognized through these rankings. Read more…

Second Graduate from Doctoral Program

imageThe School of Applied Leadership is celebrating the second student to graduate from the newly-created Doctor of Education in Leadership program. Congratulations to Dr. David Khatib who successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, May 15. “My experience with the EdD program was very good,” Dr. Khatib said. “As it should be, this was the most challenging academic endeavor I have ever entered into.” Read more…
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CityU Ranks in 4 Categories for Best Online Programs for Veterans

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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Residence Hall now Accepting Applications

Live and Learn in Seattle

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.

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CityU Newsletter April 2015

CityU Enactus Places Third in Quarterfinals at National Competition

imageCityU Enactus brought home two trophies this year, after placing third in the Quarterfinals at the Enactus National Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. With 35 team members from 19 different countries, 11 members of CityU Enactus team participated in this year’s competition and was one of 183 teams from throughout the U.S. Each year, CityU Enactus students empower local communities and improve livelihoods through entrepreneurial projects. Together they work on sustainable projects and establishing partnerships with various nonprofit organizations in Washington State. more

Student Profile: Hichem Ben Ali, Master of Business Administration

imageHichem Ben Ali’s Master of Business Administration from CityU helped him land a job at IBM and he began working at the company shortly after graduating in 2010. Originally from Tunisia, Hichem appreciated Seattle’s diversity and the opportunity to participate in entrepreneurial projects through the student organization SIFE (now known as Enactus). As a CityU alumnus he wanted to share his experience with current MBA students or those considering the program. more

New Education Partner in China: Renai College

imageCityU is pleased to announce its new educational partner in Tianjin, China: Renai College of Tianjin University. CityU and Renai College signed an agreement that allows students from Renai College to transfer to CityU to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in General Studies or a Bachelor of Arts in Management. The Renai delegation met with CityU President Richard Carter this month in Seattle. more

Workshop: Working with Trauma Survivors – May 8

imageLearn the core components of trauma-informed care and how practitioners can address trauma and violence history in clients at City University of Seattle’s workshop on May 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at CityU’s Seattle Campus. This workshop is applicable to work in counseling, human services and healthcare, and will cover the primary components of trauma-informed care. For providers, having solid guiding principles and tools to assess, address and apply trauma-informed care is essential in creating systems-wide services that identify and meet clients’ needs at various levels of severity and readiness. more

Leadership Breakfast: High Performance Teams

imageEffective teamwork is critical to the success of any organization, and fostering an environment of collaboration and communication can be complex. To examine these topics, CityU’s School of Applied Leadership will host a Leadership Breakfast, High-performance Teams: Building cohesion. Empowering innovation. Driving results. Through debate and deep exploration, eight dynamic speakers from diverse industries will share specific ways to build cohesion, empower innovation and drive results. more
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Student Profile: Cal Ledbetter, Master’s in Counseling

Cal-LedbetterTired 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.”

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Student Profile: Roderick Read, Bachelor’s in Accounting

Roderick-ReadDespite 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.”

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Corporate Risk – New Emphasis Area and Specialized Study

Corporate-RiskAs 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.

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Student Profile: Christine Moloney, Doctor of Education in Leadership

Christine-MoloneyAs 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.”

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