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. The Bellevue Boom
Eastside Real Estate Symposium
June 8, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm
The Eastside is booming, with countless new residents and companies relocating here each month. The Bellevue Chamber's first annual Eastside Real Estate Symposium brings together top industry experts with key insights into both residential and commercial growth. Panelists from across the industry will examine issues including the impact of the pandemic on hospitality and retail, prevailing return to office strategies, and the residential and office development pipeline in Bellevue and across the Eastside. This is a must-attend event for real estate professionals!
3. Legislative Wrap Up
June 3, 2021 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Join the delegates of the East King Chambers Coalition, your fellow local business leaders, and our Eastside legislators in a robust discussion about this year’s historic legislative session.
Our moderator, Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet, will facilitate panel discussions with the legislators that focus on four broad policy topics: transportation, budget and taxes, housing and human services, and economic recovery and will take questions from the audience.
Tune into this event, hosted by the Kirkland Chamber, to learn how our adopted legislative agenda fared this session and what we can expect moving forward.
4. Getting Back to Normal
In a press conference last Thursday, Governor Inslee announced Washington is on course to lift its Covid restrictions by June 30, potentially sooner. Starting immediately, restrictions for fully vaccinated people are lessened.
A full reopening will occur when if 70% or more of Washington residents over the age of 16 have received at least their first shot, a threshold experts say could happen before June 30. Currently, just under 59% of Washington residents over the age of 16 have gotten at least one shot.
Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced schools are expected to fully open for in-person learning in the fall. This plan will allow Washington's 1.1 million schoolchildren to return to the classroom if they would like.
Districts may also continue offering remote and hybrid learning options to students who are not comfortable returning full-time.
Sports and after-school clubs are expected to return in many districts, with necessary precautions being evaluated and observed as the situation changes.
Even with new guidelines for mask-wearing, some businesses are still asking customers to continue wearing face coverings while shopping.
5. Chronic Homelessness: A Crossroad
Chronic homelessness has reached crisis levels in Washington state, according to a new report by Challenge Seattle today. The state is at a crossroads that requires an immediate focus on addressing this surge in chronic homelessness. As King County works to combat homelessness, Challenge Seattle conducted a data-driven assessment of King County’s homelessness response to date and recommends six steps to make significant, impactful changes.
+1 King County Filing Week
Filing week is upon us for the many candidates running for municipal office across King County. This week, candidates are able to formally file their candidacy to put their name on the ballot before the August primary and November general elections. The filing deadline is this Friday, May 21, 2021.
The Bellevue Chamber's Eastside Business Alliance (EBA) political action committee (PAC) announced its first round of endorsements ahead of filing week. EBA recruits, interviews, and endorses pro-business and pro-economic growth candidates across the Eastside running for municipal positions in local government.
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.