1. Capital Gains Income Tax Clears Toughest Hurdle
The Legislative Session passed the halfway point last week. Saturday evening, the Senate adopted ESSB 5096 imposing a 7% excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets. The vote was close, 25 - 24, and will likely face challenges in court or a public vote to repeal if it passes the House.
The good news is that you have chance to engage with your elected officials on this and much more at our Mini Chamber Day(s) event, March 15 - 17, 8 - 11 AM.
2. Amazon Leases New Downtown Office Tower
Amazon announced today it has signed a lease to occupy The Artise, a 600,000 square foot office tower in downtown Bellevue. Scheduled to open in 2024, this building will provide additional space for the estimated (but probably low) 25,000 employees Amazon plans to bring to Bellevue. The company now has eight properties owned, leased, or under construction in Bellevue totaling about 5.5 million square feet, double the footprint of Microsoft.
3. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Spring Training Report
with Fred Rivera, Mariners Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Go behind the scenes of Mariner's spring training with Fred Rivera, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Find out the players to watch this summer and what you'll need to know to once again "take me out to the ballgame" in what hopes to be the waning months of the pandemic.
Join us virtually every 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.
4. Celebrate & Inspire Bellevue
Bellevue Chamber's Annual Gala
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Event Experiences Begin at 3:30 pm
The past year has been filled with challenges and hardships for many businesses and individuals, but it has also exposed the strength and heart of the Eastside community. At this year’s Virtual Annual Gala, we will be taking a look back at the last year and get ready for the year ahead as we Celebrate and Inspire Bellevue.
Our KeyBank Community Spotlight will highlight nine individuals and organizations that made an outstanding impact on our community through the challenges of Covid-19. Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Customer Fulfillment, joins us for a conversation about Amazon’s response to the pandemic and their growth plans for Bellevue.
Join us early for a culinary and cocktail experience, stay tuned for information regarding the Annual Gala Auction, and get ready to be competitive in the trivia breakout.
5. A Foot in the Door
7 Steps to Creating an Internship Program in Your Business
March 23 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
The key to successfully setting up an internship is simple: Have a plan. The staff from Bellevue College will provide you a step-by-step guide on how you can successfully set up an internship program and recruit interns from Bellevue College in your business. Internship is a great way to create a diverse pipeline of talent for your business.
Weekly Session Report
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.