Connecting local businesses to their district Councilmembers is an important part of the work that the Seattle Metro Chamber does to ensure that our members have a voice at City Hall. On November 1, business community members from SODO, Columbia City, the Rainier Valley, Chinatown and the International District came to at the Columbia City Tutta Bella for a roundtable discussion with Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell. About 40 people from District 2 came to meet the Council President and participate in an open and productive conversation around issues they are facing as business owners.
Jobs, affordable housing, education, public safety, and homelessness were just a few of the topics discussed. Council President Harrell listened closely to the concerns expressed and shared his perspectives with the group. He spoke specifically about the urgency of finding a long term solution to our homelessness crisis, his support for making strong investments in our education system and the need to create an environment where businesses can continue to succeed.
Council President Harrell also took the time to alert attendees of a proposal currently being discussed to enact a new tax on to businesses to fund the Office of Labor Standards (OLS)—even though both Mayor Ed Murray and Council Budget Chair Tim Burgess have demonstrated that OLS can readily be paid for through the general fund. Council President Harrell expressed his concerns over the proposal and encouraged businesses to voice their opposition. He encouraged emails and phone calls into councilmember offices and testifying in front of committee. The Seattle Metro Chamber is taking a firm stance against this proposal and encourages our members to voice their concerns. To learn more about the proposal or how you can get engaged please contact Kyla Shkerich.
This in-district round table was the fourth in this Seattle Metro Chamber series. Sponsored by Uber and co-hosted with the Chinatown-International District BIA, Rainier Chamber of Commerce and the SODO BIA, this event was the first in District 2. Our previous roundtables featured Councilmember Rob Johnson from District 4, Councilmember Mike O’Brien from District 6 and Councilmember Sally Bagshaw from District 7.
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.