Seattle Growth Podcast episode 11: Public utilities

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The 11th episode of the Seattle Growth Podcast asks the question: can the booming city’s public utilities system handle the dramatic influx of people?

  • Ray Hoffman, former director of Seattle Public Utilities—which manages water, sewage and solid waste management—shares his thoughts on which utilities are ready to meet the challenge and which utilities cause him concern.
  • Larry Weis, CEO of Seattle City Light, discusses the impact of new development on electricity usage, and what changes are being made in reaction to the population growth.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is a 13-episode exploration of this booming city’s ongoing transformation. A new episode premieres each Monday. Prior episodes have considered Seattle’s tech boom, the challenges of buying a home and renting, homelessness, the city’s character and culture, efforts to build density, emergency services, healthcare, schools and transportation. A special episode investigates a proposed city ordinance that would allow homeless encampments on public lands such as parks. Upcoming episodes take on the city budget and visions for the future.

The series is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, an associate professor of marketing and the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor at the UW Foster School of Business.