Ensuring that businesses of all sizes have a voice with City Hall—particularly with the Seattle City Councilmember who represents their geographic district—is an important part of the Seattle Metro Chamber’s work to advance economic prosperity, advocate for a vital business environment, and build sustainable and healthy communities in the Seattle region. That’s why we’re partnering with neighborhood business organizations to host roundtable discussions in each Seattle City Council district, as we did on October 4 with District 7 Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.
The conversation with Councilmember Bagshaw, held at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, covered a variety of issues including transportation, neighborhood activation and managing our city’s growth. Specific discussion points included the Lake2Bay plan to connect public spaces and cultural assets between Lake Union to Elliott Bay, reforms and interim action to address homelessness in our city, and the newly released Commercial Affordability Advisory Committee recommendations. The conversation also included practical information about upcoming legislation and different ways the business owners can engage with the City Council. Councilmember Bagshaw encouraged members to contact her office with any concerns.
About 20 people attended the roundtable from a broad range of local businesses from South Lake Union and Belltown. Sectors represented included the arts, life sciences, retail, non-profits and business services. This event, sponsored by Vulcan and co-hosted with the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce, was the third in this series. Our two previous roundtables featured Councilmember Rob Johnson from District 4, and Councilmember Mike O’Brien from District 6.
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.