Seattle

Seattle represents a major tech hub for Hulu, the online streaming TV service with ad-supported free video content and subscription-based premium viewing.

If you want to know where the economy is growing fastest, follow the data.

Amazon has poured tens of billions of dollars into building close to 100 highly automated ware-houses around the country to cut costs and reduce delivery times. That reality has put competitors in a quandary. How can they match Amazon’s capabilities without spending the same kind of money to build a similar network?

Washington knows about international trade disputes. Name a product or service made or grown in this state — apples and airplanes, wheat and Windows, lumber and lentils — and there’s been a trade tiff somewhere in its history.

If you’re a beer lover, Bramling Cross, which is named after a hop varietal, will be your favorite Ethan Stowell restaurant to date because the focus is on wood-fired, shareable dishes that pair with eight micro-local brews (made in Ballard or Fremont) and 50 international beers.

Seattle’s geek influx seems to be causing a “disturbance in the force.” The New York Times’ Timothy Egan worries that Amazon has become “a large foreign presence growing inside us.” At risk, old-timers say, is Seattle’s very identity as a culturally rich, economically diverse city.

Light rail in Seattle has been a disappointment. The train trip from downtown to the airport, for example, usually takes nearly twice as long as by car. But with two new stations opening up recently in hard-to-reach locations, commuters may finally begin to see value in the system.

As technology improves and Americans spend more on treatments to cure or prevent disease and injury, 2016 is likely to be a challenging year in health care. Doctors, nurses and clinicians are learning to work in new and innovative ways as consumers rely on video consults and their smartphones as diagnostic tools. The 18 honorees in Seattle Business magazine’s 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards are up to the challenge. All are champions for change, compassionate visionaries who believe in better patient care.

For the past several years, Julia Colson has helped bring free dental, vision and medical care to nearly 8,000 people in a safe and respectful environment. She is the project director for Seattle/King County Clinic, a large-scale, volunteer-driven free clinic event that has taken place at KeyArena during a four-day period in October 2014 and October 2015. The patients seen were primarily the working poor who waited in line overnight at Seattle Center to be admitted. Discussions and fundraising are under way to determine whether the event can be held again this October.