Productive, organic conversations around topics impacting neighborhood businesses and their community are a vital part of ensuring that businesses of all sizes have a voice with City Hall—particularly with the Seattle City Councilmember who represents their geographic district. That’s why the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is partnering with neighborhood business organizations to host roundtable discussions in each Seattle City Council district, as we did on September 15 with Councilmember Mike O’Brien.
The conversation with Councilmember O’Brien, held at the Phinney Community Hall in the heart of Phinney Ridge, covered a variety of issues including homelessness, transportation and how the city measures performance for its programs. Specific points included safety on neighborhood streets, managing bottlenecks near bridges, and applying lessons about systems evaluation from the recent city-commissioned reports on homelessness. The conversation also included practical information about upcoming legislation and different ways the business owners can engage with the City Council. Councilmember O’Brien encouraged members to contact his office with any concerns.
About 30 people attended the roundtable, representing a broad range of local businesses in Northwest Seattle, from nonprofits to bars to yoga studios to tech companies. This event, sponsored by Google and co-hosted with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Green Lake Chamber of Commerce and Phinney Neighborhood Association, was the second in a series spearheaded by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Our first roundtable, held in August, featured Councilmember Rob Johnson and brought together dozens of businesses from District 4.
There’s still time to register for our next roundtable with Sally Bagshaw for businesses located in District 7 (Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Downtown) on October 4.
If you’re interested in participating in a future roundtable in your neighborhood, please contact the Seattle Metro Chamber’s Policy and Outreach Manager, Kyla Shkerich and include your Seattle City Council district information.