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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON. The "Emerald City" is set in a dramatic backdrop of lush evergreen forests, ocean front and mountains. Home to innovative technology, ecommerce and transportation companies, Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. With its internationally open character, diverse culture and cosmopolitan lifestyle, it’s easy to see why so many people call Seattle home.
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SEATTLE – REACHNOW HEADQUARTERS. Established in spring 2016, ReachNow’s Seattle headquarters continues the BMW Group commitment to the development and expansion of sustainable urban mobility solutions.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON.

Life in Seattle and Washington State.

Seattle is the largest city in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The Seattle metropolitan area of around 3.7 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States.

The city is situated on an isthmus between Puget Sound (an inlet of the Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the third largest port in North America in terms of container handling as of 2015. With a fast growing economy, Seattle is home to Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, as well as many fast growing tech companies. It has become a hub for ecommerce, cloud computing and connected car technology. Due to the innovative environment of the city, Forbes has ranked Seattle as one of the 10 best places for Business and Careers in the US.

Seattle is also a city for lovers of the great outdoors; the temperate climate allows year-round cycling, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, climbing, sailing and swimming. Surrounded on both sides by water and with the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges nearby, a variety of outdoor experiences are a short car ride away. Seattle boasts scenic destinations such as Mt. Rainer.   

Seattle has a historic and vibrant music scene covering grunge music, avant-garde jazz, classic rock and alternative rock bands. Its annual attractions include the Seattle International Film Festival, Northwest Folklife, numerous Seafair events and the Bumbershoot art and music festival.

City attractions are numerous and include one of the largest Ferris wheels in the US, the Seattle Aquarium, The Seattle Art Museum, Experience Music Project, and the Museum of Flight, the largest private air and space museum in the world.

For those looking for a mix of exciting city life, an environment to discover and swap cutting edge ideas, as well as a great quality of life, Seattle offers an ideal mix.

The new ReachNow headquarters office opened in April 2016 and is located in the downtown core of Seattle. 

Located in historic Belltown, the ReachNow facility is centrally positioned within Seattle, at the intersection of many public transit options. Belltown is a rapidly growing neighborhood that blends historic renovated architecture with new, modern designs. With picturesque tree-lined streets the ReachNow office is a short walk from many great attractions such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Public Market, and the Seattle waterfront. 

ReachNow’s facility is located in a historic brick building which dates back to the 1920s. The 7,000 square foot office has been meticulously renovated from the ground up with sustainability in mind and features original exposed brick and timber and hardwood flooring. The space includes a large retail storefront and showroom centered around a BMW i3 vehicle and framed by two living plant walls. The 7,000 square foot facility was designed to be a free-floating collaborative office space, with multiple working areas and conference rooms as well as a full kitchen. 

The ReachNow team is responsible for growing the service across North America. Beginning with managing a Seattle city fleet of 520 vehicles including the BMW i3, the BMW 3 Series, MINI Cooper and MINI Clubman vehicles -  it is quickly growing with plans to expand to many more North American cities over the next year, as well as pilot cutting-edge mobility services. 

Currently, the team of 40 handles topics such as Operations, Technology, Product, Finance, Marketing, and Market Development. 

ReachNow selected Seattle as the launch market due to its interest in welcoming sustainable mobility services that make life easier for its residents. Additionally, Seattle was recently ranked the third most electric vehicle-friendly city in the U.S. by ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network. 

Throughout 2016, ReachNow will offer enhanced mobility services, available in the U.S. for the first time, including:

  • Delivery service for car sharing vehicles.
  • Vehicles on-hand at the airport.
  • Car sharing for longer rentals.
  • Car sharing for residential and corporate groups.
  • Renting your own vehicle via ReachNow.
  • Chauffeur service – book a car with a driver.

ReachNow is building a startup culture of innovation, collaboration and agile action. With a mission to foster mobility innovation within BMW Group. ReachNow fosters an open collaborative work culture. Associates are given the unique opportunity to share ideas to help shape the future of urban mobility.

About BMW Group in the U.S.

The United States is one of the largest markets in the world for the BMW Group. With sales of over 390,000 vehicles in 2014, 18% of the group's worldwide transactions, BMW is one of the best-selling premium brands in the US.

Today, the BMW Group in the United States consists of marketing, sales and financial services organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of over 600 dealerships. The BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Included under the BMW Group umbrella in the US is BMW of North America, LLC, BMW Financial Services NA, LLC in New Jersey and Ohio; DesignworksUSA, Inc., a strategic design consultancy in California, as well as BMW of North America, LLC technology offices in Silicon Valley and the BMW Technology Corporation in Chicago.

Also in the US we have BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina, part of BMW Group’s global production network, which employs 8,000 people to produce the X3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle and the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe. The 1,150-acre, 5-million-square-foot campus generates its own power, offers an on-site Family Health Center and provides 24-hour security and firefighting personnel. To date, BMW has invested nearly $7 billion in its South Carolina operations.

The BMW brand has one of the most passionate and loyal followings in the world. In the U.S., four officially recognized clubs with over 125,000 members and BMW owners represent 40% of the membership worldwide.

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