Working to connect lawmakers with the local neighborhood business community is a key part of the work the Seattle Metro Chamber is doing to ensure all members have a voice with local elected officials. Throughout 2016, the Seattle Metro Chamber, alongside Seattle neighborhood business associations, hosted several district meetings between Seattle City Councilmembers and neighborhood business owners. Continuing this series in 2017, business owners in District 3 had the opportunity to sit down with Councilmember Tim Burgess for an open and productive conversation around issues that are impacting their neighborhood and businesses.
Job creation, growth, homelessness, and council communication were just a few of the topics discussed on January 24 at Tavolàta on Capitol Hill. Councilmember Burgess listened closely to the 35 business owners as they asked questions and voiced their concerns. He predicted that 2017 will be another busy year at the Council, pointing to issues ahead such as a potential citywide Paid Family Leave ordinance, how the city is dealing with homelessness, neighborhood parking districts and the potential for new head tax legislation.
Business members also asked for advice from the outgoing Councilmember on the best way to communicate with his colleagues in the future. He stressed the importance of the upcoming election and encouraged attendees to get more involved and vote. He also provided advice on the best ways to communicate with all Councilmembers in the coming months, emphasizing that meeting with your Councilmember regularly and staying in constant communication helps them understand exactly what issues the neighborhood and business community are facing.
As the roundtable wrapped up, Councilmember Burgess reflected on his nine years serving on the Council and mentioned that his proudest moments have been his work around universal pre-k for all of Seattle’s students and the time he has spent working on police reform.
This in-district round table was the fifth in this series. Sponsored by Recology and co-hosted with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Seattle Business Association, this event was the first in District 3. Our previous roundtables featured Councilmember Rob Johnson from District 4, Councilmember Mike O’Brien from District 6, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw from District 7, and Councilmember Bruce Harrell from District 2.
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.