5 Things: January 27, 2021
1. 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.
2. For Young Innovators
Application Due February 15th
Virtual Classes March 29 - April 24
We are happy to offer another session of all-virtual Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!). The class will be an accelerated program that will take place for four weeks beginning March 29th. The YEA! program teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own real businesses and social movements. Students are guided through each step of starting an enterprise, from brainstorming the idea to pitching their business plan to investors.
3. From the Capitol
Last week was another busy week filled with work sessions and hearings, committee votes on bills, and even some floor action on early priority bills. The Bellevue Chamber's lobbyist in Olympia Lyset Cadena provides a weekly report covering priority areas such as Covid recovery, transportation, and housing as well as bill statuses.
4. Beating the Traffic
As Bellevue continues to grow exponentially, the city is focusing on its infrastructure needs and seeking a new state transportation package to accommodate continued growth. Bellevue is now the fifth-largest city in Washington with a 2019 population of 145,300. Currently, about 55,000 employees work in downtown Bellevue; Amazon and Facebook are expected to bring a combined 30,000 additional jobs to the area by 2025.
While the transition to remote working due to Covid has temporarily masked some of the transportation issues, the city's traffic is coming back. As noted by Chamber President Joe Fain, many of the projects addressed in the transportation package "aren't necessarily forward-thinking investments; these are 'needed yesterday' investments".
5. Raising Tomorrow's Leaders
Bank of America's Student Leader program was started in 2004 as part of their commitment to youth employment and economic mobility. The program prepares a diverse pipeline of over 300 community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development, and service. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill-building and creating a more civically engaged society.