5 + 1 Things: January 5, 2021
Governor Inslee has announced a new reopening plan that will be done by EMS Regions, rather than county. The exception to this is King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties which will be treated as one region.
New restrictions will be based on these metrics:
A region must meet all four criteria to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2; if a region has moved to Phase 2 but subsequently fails on two of the metrics, it will return to Phase 1.
Phase 1 restrictions include:
- Retail, services, and office spaces limited to 25% occupancy
- No indoor dining
Phase 2 restrictions include:
- Indoor dining and gyms limited to 25% capacity
These new standards take effect on January 11, 2021.
1. Session is Coming
East King Chambers Legislative Breakfast
TOMORROW, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
The East King Chambers Coalition Legislative Kickoff is one of the biggest political events of the year.
This year, we are proud to welcome Washington's recently re-elected Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, as our keynote speaker.
Following Kim's address, we'll be joined by leaders from each of the four corners for an interactive session moderated by award-winning journalist from Q13, Brandi Kruse.
Then choose your own adventure between three panels of legislators focusing on Economic Revitalization, moderated by Former Governor Gary Locke; Transportation, moderated by Renton City Councilmember Ed Prince; and Affordable Housing, moderated by Microsoft's Jane Broom.
2. Chamber Lunch Kick Off
Beyond the Gridiron: The Future of D1 Sports
with Jennifer Cohen, University of Washington Director of Athletics
January 21, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
The Chamber's lunch program kicks off January 21 with UW Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen. In three years under her watch, Cohen has led Husky Athletics to unprecedented success in the classroom, in competition, and in the community, including a total of 11 Pac-12 championships. Additionally, Cohen secured a 10-year, $119 million apparel partnership with Adidas that launched July 1, 2019.
Join us virtually each month through August as regional leaders share insights on a variety of critical topics. Each program will provide an opportunity to engage and collaborate with business leaders during the breakout sessions.
3. History, Progress, Vision
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit 2021
Friday, January 8, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm
This summit will provide a progress report of Bellevue’s Diversity Advantage Initiative, now in its sixth year. We will look at lessons learned and share the important work that remains.
As part of this collective work, the summit will include five breakout sessions to learn, share, and re-envision together a more equitable future for all. Our partners in the government, nonprofit, education, and business sectors are invited to explore topics of racial equity, accountability and skills-building for driving a more inclusive and equitable culture in the community.
4. Straight Talk
Future of Downtown Bellevue
Thursday, January 7, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am
As Amazon and others shift their growth plans to Bellevue, the downtown core is gearing up for major growth. Despite the economic challenges the region is facing due to the pandemic, Bellevue is the epicenter of opportunity. At this event, we'll dive into the various ways the city is preparing for the growth, and how it plans to avoid some of the challenges Seattle has experienced during its recent growth spurt.
Hear from special guest Kemper Freeman, Chairman & CEO of Kemper Development Company and panelists: Patrick Bannon, President of Bellevue Downtown Association, Majdi Daher, CEO & Founder of Denali, Joe Fain, President & CEO of Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Bellevue's Mayor Lynne Robinson.
5. Save the Date
Bellevue Chamber Annual Gala
February 4, 2021
The Bellevue Chamber Annual Gala was delayed last month due to Covid, but we are pressing ahead with another virtual extravaganza this February - so SAVE THE DATE!
5. Save the Date
Cedar Grove is offering free Christmas tree recycling to Scout troops doing their Christmas tree pick-up fundraiser and residents of Everett, Marysville, and Maple Valley at the Maple Valley and Everett locations. Residents of these cities (with a driver's license) can recycle one tree per household; additional trees can be recycled for $5 each.
Trees will also be accepted at Cedar Grove’s Seattle, Woodinville, and Bellevue locations for a charge of $5 per tree.
Drop off will be available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm until January 15.