For the past year, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has made connecting neighborhood business owners to their district councilmembers a priority of our outreach work. In the seventh meeting of our roundtable series, local business owners had the opportunity to meet with District 5 Councilmember Debora Juarez at a discussion co-hosted with the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce.
Councilmember Juarez called for unity and coordination between business organizations and community groups as she sat down to have lunch with 25 business owners on March 7 at the Northgate Community Center. She emphasized to the group that if they came together, there was a real opportunity to make positive changes to District 5 that would benefit the entire community.
Over the course of the conversation, business owners asked questions about how the city is handling transportation, as well as the city’s plan to fight homelessness. Regarding transportation, Councilmember Juarez mentioned her success this past year in ensuring better transportation options were available for District 5 community members, including her advocacy for a 130th Street station as part of the ST3 investments approved by voters last fall. Councilmember Juarez’s underscored her commitment plan on ensuring the north Seattle area has a strong and vibrant economy. In response to businesses’ questions on homelessness, Councilmember Juarez briefly discussed the levy on homelessness that could be coming to voters this August.
This in-district roundtable was the latest in a series that the Seattle Metro Chamber started in 2016. Sponsored by Recology, this event was the first in district 5. Earlier this year, the Chamber worked with local business organizations to host two events on Capitol Hill where business owners had the opportunity to sit down with Councilmember Councilmember Tim Burgess and Councilmember Kshama Sawant. In 2016, we held roundtables in District 4 with Councilmember Rob Johnson, District 6 with Councilmember Mike O’Brien, District 7 with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and District 2 with Council President Bruce Harrell.
In 2017, the Chamber will continue connecting Seattle City Councilmembers and other elected officials with business owners in neighborhoods across the city. In April we will have two more roundtables: one with Councilmember Herbold in District 1 and the other with Councilmember O’Brien who will hold his second roundtable in District 6.
If you are 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.