5 Things: October 27, 2020
1. Bulls and Bears
Economic Forecast Summit
Tuesday, November 17 | 7:30 - 9:00 am
The Bellevue Chamber Economic Forecast Summit, sponsored by Bank of America, is one of the most sought after events of the year. This year, we're going small - so small it will fit on your desktop, tablet, or smartphone. But don't fret, we've got even more of a powerhouse line-up for you and your team to virtually enjoy.
Keynote speaker and Chief Market Strategist for Bank of America, Joe Quinlan, returns to the Economic Forecast Summit to share his candid insights on the global and national economy. In addition to Joe's address, you may choose one of four breakout sessions on a topic of your choosing. Each breakout features regional experts on the top issues as selected by Bellevue Chamber members.
2. Insights into the Eastside Migration
October 28 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Despite the impacts of COVID-19 across the globe, according to a recent 2020 CBRE research report, early economic data indicates that the Puget Sound area is continuing to grow, most notably, the Tech industry on the Eastside. New development is expected to add approximately 2.5 million sq. ft. to the Eastside by the end of 2021. In Downtown Bellevue, over 2 million sq. ft. of office space has already been pre-leased by incoming tech tenants.
As the Eastside continues to prepare for this ongoing growth, here to give us a detailed look into the City of Bellevue's planning efforts are CEO of the Bellevue Chamber, Joe Fain, and Director of Community Development in Bellevue, Mac Cummins.
3. Bite of Bellevue
Visit Bellevue is giving extra incentive to visitors and residents alike with new, free digital passports. Bite of Bellevue sponsored by the Bellevue Collection launched on October 1, 2020 and is good through December 2020. The passport features dozens of Bellevue’s favorite restaurants and is free for everyone to download.
This passport provides several discounts and incentives at participating Bellevue restaurants along with a gamified opportunity to earn Bellevue Collection gift cards.
Brew Thru Bellevue, similar program highlighting Bellevue area breweries and taprooms, has also been launched.
4. Voting Season
The presidential election is a week away and many voters are getting their ballots in early. If you still need to vote, the 2020 General Election Voters’ Guide provides information regarding the measures and candidates on your ballot.
Ballots must be postmarked or put in a ballot drop box before 8 pm on November 3. A list of King County drop boxes can be found here; the full list of Washington State drop boxes is here. If you have already voted, you can check the status of your ballot (for King County residents).
P.S. Remember, the sooner you vote, the sooner you’re taken off those pesky campaign contact lists.
5. Welcome New Board Members
The Bellevue Chamber has added nine new board members, representing a variety of business sectors. New members include:
- Karen Doherty: Senior Vice President, HDR
- Stephen Uy: Head of Public Policy and Community Engagement, Facebook
- Matt Samwick: Operating Manager, Innovation Realty Partners
- Elaina Herber: President, Ascend Hospitality Group
- Melissa deVita: Deputy Superintendent: Finance and Operations, Bellevue School District
- Kari Magill: CEO, Rowley Properties
- Ray Collum: CEO, EastHub
- Jessica Hagan: Director of Sales, King5 News
- Gary Locke: President, Bellevue College
- Tim McKey: COO, Sellen Construction
- Ben Petter: President, Avara Construction
The Chamber board also elected its new Chair for the 2020-21 year, Michael Nassirian, CEO of ARVR Academy.