5 Things: January 19, 2021
1. 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.
2. Back in Session
Virtual Chamber Day
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The East King Chambers Legislative Kick-off last week was a great success with 18 legislators in the house and over 300 participants. Now the Legislature has convened for a 105-Day Session; look for action on COVID-19, economic recovery, carbon reduction, and possible new tax sources.
Join us Thursday, January 28 for our first-ever virtual Chamber Day. You'll have the opportunity to hear from dozens of legislators and other state officials about what is really happening during the unprecedented virtual legislative session.
3. Paycheck Protection Program Resumes
SBA, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, reopened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal on Monday, January 11, 2021. First Draw PPP loan applications from participating CFIs are being accepted first. PPP Second Draw Loans opened on January 13, 2021 for certain businesses that have previously received a PPP loan.
Today, SBA will begin accepting PPP loan applications from all lenders. The following Chamber members are participating lenders with options to support your business:
4. Redistricting Commission
Every 10 years, the bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission is established for the purpose of redrawing the state's 49 legislative and ten congressional district boundaries. The House and Senate have each appointed their commissioners. The commission will select a fifth, non-voting chairperson by January 31.
Bellevue Chamber President and CEO Joe Fain has been appointed to take the position formerly held by the late United States Senator Slade Gorton.
5. On the Rise
Bellevue continues to attract a rising number of employers, meaning tens of thousands of new employees are expected to move to Bellevue and the Eastside in coming years.
This growth significantly impacts traffic, roads, and real estate, along with other areas such as internet connectivity, sewer systems, and water pipelines. The City of Bellevue, Bellevue Chamber, Bellevue Downtown Association, and large local employers are strategizing together how best to accommodate this growth.
Currently, only 10% of Bellevue's downtown workers live in the city. Mayor Lynne Robinson says her goal is to change that number to 50% or more. In order to achieve that goal, ensuring affordable housing remains available must be a top priority for city leaders.
A panel of Bellevue business leaders shared how the city is preparing for growth during PSBJ's Straight Talk: Future of Downtown Bellevue webcast. Watch the recording here >