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Virtual Lunch & Learn
May 28 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

These quarterly events are open to the community and are for anyone who wants to learn more about our organization, our approach to affordable housing, and how to get involved.

Whether you’re just curious about what we do or if you’re looking for ways to get involved in your community, grab your lunch, or a coffee, and bring any questions for this informative and interactive hour presented by Villette Nolon, Imagine Housing CEO.

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Bellevue Chamber Lunch: The Future of Higher Education

Featuring Ana Mari Cauce
University of Washington President

January 16, 2020
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Westin Bellevue

Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission, and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation. Cauce has championed access to higher education and is directing the University of Washington’s role in reimagining lifelong learning and economic development.

Registration:

Corporate Table of 10: $500 members; $650 non-members
Individual Attendee: 
$50 members; $65 non-members

Cancellation Policy: Due to hosting facility guarantees, cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to event. Monthly events subject to availability and additional charges at the door apply.

 


Thank you to our sponsors


January 15, 2020
Contact: Joe Fain (425) 454-2464
Joe@bellevuechamber.org

Bellevue Chamber Endorses School Bond Measure
Business Community Supports Bellevue School Improvements

BELLEVUE, WA – The Bellevue Chamber today announced its support for the upcoming school bond measure on the February 11, 2020 ballot. The Chamber Policy Council, a group of business leaders from both sides of Lake Washington, made the recommendation following the decision by the Bellevue School Board, to seek approval from the voters to raise up to $675,000,000 in bond proceeds.

The Chamber does not take lightly the prospect of increased property taxes. However, business leaders understand the workforce of tomorrow, is receiving an education in local public schools today. After years of a declining student population, enrollment in Bellevue Public Schools is again on the rise. Recently, the District opened the new Wilburton Elementary to accommodate students from families living in the rapidly growing residential areas of Downtown Bellevue, Bel-Red and Wilburton.

However, other existing facilities are aging and require badly needed capital improvements. BSD Proposition One would make the following investments:

  • Rebuild Bellevue Big Picture School;
  • Rebuild the International School;
  • Rebuild Jing Mei Elementary School;
  • Expand Newport High School;
  • Expand Interlake High School;
  • Undertake district-wide safety/security improvements;
  • Expand the District’s transportation facilities;
  • Rebuild education service centers

If approved, the local property tax rate paid for local schools will increase by 3 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of less than 1 percent. According to the Bellevue School District, for the average home of $850,000, a Bellevue resident currently paying $2.43 per $1,000 of assessed property value, will see an increase by 3 cents a year, to $2.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $25.50 per year total.

Over a dozen years ago, voters amended the state constitution to eliminate the supermajority voting requirement for local school district excess operating levies. However, the requirement remains in place for bond measures, so every vote will count in this special election.

The Bellevue Chamber is the premier networking and business advocacy organization on the Eastside Representing hundreds of employers and tens of thousands of jobs in our community. 

Employers in East King County and across the state struggle to fill available jobs with Washington state residents. Education is the key to closing this gap, beginning with early education (ages 3-4), and ending with the completion of post-high school credentials, including college degrees, career certificates, and apprenticeships.

Our state’s students need to graduate high school with the skills needed to pursue and succeed in credentialed college and career programs to help them attain employment in high demand/high wage fields in our state.

The East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition requests the Legislature to do the following on our behalf:

  • Continue to fund basic education: Safeguard the state plan for funding basic K-12 education so that it will account for differences in regional cost of living and student education needs. Ensure “basic education” is defined to result in students graduating from the K-12 system prepared to pursue credentialed college and career programs and attain available jobs.
  • Early Childhood Education: Increase opportunities for children to obtain quality early childhood education across the State and ensure adequate access to school counselors and mental health professionals.
  • Enhance accountability and improve outcomes: Set meaningful, open, and transparent accountability measures that report by district and by high school the percentage of students who graduate college and career ready and require steady increases, including a better tracking system for post high school activity, including both education and work force attainment.
  • Improve state support for meaningful Workforce Training the following ways:
    • Enhance opportunities for students to attain college credit, career credentials, and apprenticeships during high school;
    • Provide students with ample opportunities to explore career pathways, no later than at the middle school level;
    • Adopt a basic set of career and technical education variants for accreditation towards Core 24 requirements;
    • Consolidate career pathway exploration progams, which currently exist across multiple state agencies;
    • Open alternative routes to teacher certification to encourage career professionals to teach CTE classes in our middle and high schools;
    • Remove obstacles that prevent students age 16 to 18 from attaining industry certifications or apprenticeships;
    • Provide funding for student fees related to industry certification and college credits.
  • Fund the Capital Budget: Continue to fund badly needed capital facility improvements in our K-12 common school system.

Employers in East King County and across the state struggle to fill available jobs with Washington state residents. Education is the key to closing this gap, including college degrees, career certificates, and apprenticeships to attain employment in high demand/high wage fields in our state. It is essential to have the state support the students seeking a pathway to success and the public institutions of higher education that facilitate their learning.

The East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition asks the Legislature to do the following on our behalf:

Policies

  • Fully fund the State Need Grant Program and the Washington Opportunity Scholarship Fund.
  • Invest in statewide workforce analysis for an integrated pathway of education from k-12 to higher education
  • Fund a pilot program to offer running start programs in local high schools in off peak time high school hours.
  • Increase college credit opportunities and skills training in high schools: Provide support, which may include professional development for teachers, to significantly increase ‘college in the high school’ and/or Running Start opportunities, including skills training for non-college bound students in all high schools at no cost to the student.

Funding – Invest in higher education facilities and high demand programs:

  • UW Bothell high demand biomedical workforce – $1.5 million
  • Increase compensation to the Community and Technical College (CTC) system for all employees to bring them to the national market’s median.
  • Fund regional based differential compensation for faculty and staff to better retain and recruit.
  • Support pathways through the higher education system, including funding of Guided Pathways
  • Increase funding to strengthen and grow high demand programs in order to meet critical skills gaps.
  • UW Bothell STEM Academic Building – $35 million
  • Fund the $600M CTC capital request, including eastside projects at Bellevue (#7), Lake Washington Tech (#9), Cascadia (#29 and #30), and Renton Technical College (#35).

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