1. You Miss 100% of the Lunches You Don't Attend
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
A pioneer of women’s hockey, Granato’s career in hockey has resulted in a long, decorated resume that includes an Olympic gold medal and enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame. These days, Granato is very busy in her role with the Seattle Kraken expansion team. In 2019, Granato was hired as a scout by the new team. With the hire, Granato made history, becoming the first female scout in NHL history.
Hear her groundbreaking story and get a sneak peek of what to expect from the inaugural season of the Seattle Kraken.
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.
2. King County Remains in Phase 3
Last Tuesday, Governor Inslee announced that King County will remain in Phase 3 of Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery for two weeks. That means that indoor spaces such as restaurants, gyms, and museums will be able to continue to operate with up to 50% capacity.
This pause recognizes that it’s still too early to tell if Washington has passed the peak of the recent surge and allows for a chance to see whether we are indeed at a turning point and in which direction we are heading.
How successful we ultimately are as a community and how quickly we get back to our activities depends on how many of us get vaccinated and how quickly we do so. In the meantime, we must continue pushing forward on our proven prevention strategies – wearing a mask, especially indoors with unvaccinated people you don’t live with and in crowded places and keeping your gatherings small.
After many weeks of limited vaccine supply, King County is at a turning point. The number of doses coming into the county continues to increase and thousands of appointments, including same day, are now available across the region.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
As we continue implementing prevention strategies to get the pandemic under control, one key area for action is indoor air quality. The circulation of fresh air is crucial for diluting any coronavirus that may be present and preventing it from spreading between people.
Air circulation is especially important when people are inside for longer periods of time and when they are removing their masks. That includes workplaces, stores, and restaurants. Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends business owners and building operators implement strategies to improve indoor air quality to help decrease people’s risk for COVID-19.
3. Stepping Up Public Safety
Nearly a year ago, a protest in downtown Bellevue turned into a riot, leaving behind smashed windows, graffiti, and robberies of several businesses. Bellevue Police investigations resulted in dozens of arrests and cases forwarded to the King County Prosecutor's Office.
Following the events of May 31, concerns were voiced regarding public safety and the impact on economic development moving forward. However, local elected officials and business leaders remain confident in the crime prevention steps taken by the police department and believe the city will maintain a low crime rate and healthy business environment.
Bellevue Chamber President Joe Fain said the outcome was a result of “good policing, good political leadership. The police had assets all out in the community listening to what was being planned…and working directly with the community members that just wanted to come out and peacefully march and express themselves. The strategy was to build that separation and be able to identify those with constitutionally protected speech and those who sought to take advantage of it.”
4. Round One Endorsements Are In
The Bellevue Chamber's Eastside Business Alliance (EBA) political action committee (PAC) announced its first round of endorsements as we approach the November election. EBA recruits, interviews, and endorses pro-business and pro-economic growth candidates across the Eastside running for municipal positions in local government.
This first round of endorsements represents some of the strongest voices for the business community in Bellevue and beyond. You can learn more about the Eastside elections on the EBA's 2021 voter guide.
Contact a Chamber staff member to get involved with EBA.
5. WERE Announces Executive Director
Washington Employers for Racial Equity (WERE), a cross-sector coalition of 75+ private sector leaders in Washington state, is pleased to announce Philip Jacobs as its executive director. Jacobs will be responsible for supporting the coalition in its pursuit of racial equity in the workplace. Under his leadership, the coalition will also partner with business and community leaders, advocates, and other stakeholders to support advocacy and actions that advance racial equity across Washington state.
WERE unites corporate leaders and employers from across the state who are committed to building an equitable future for Washington. Formed in December 2020, the coalition includes large, small, local, and global companies. Together, the employers have committed to drive equity for Black Washingtonians and all people of color in the private sector workplace and established collective goals for 2030.