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Kirkland Biz News August 2015

KIRKLAND BIZ NEWS – August 2015

Welcome to Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses and for businesses.

Sound Transit Board and Kirkland officials agree to further evaluate “Candidate Projects” for consideration on ST3 ballot

With input from city of Kirkland officials, the Sound Transit (ST) Board has advanced two projects that matter the most to Kirkland for further consideration on the ST3 ballot measure coming to voters in November 2016. The two added concepts are now part of the ST3 candidate projects list. Kirkland leaders have expressed support for the vision of project E-03, which considers light rail from Totem Lake to Issaquah, via Bellevue along the Eastside Rail Corridor.  At the same time, the City asked that Sound Transit evaluate the option of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the segment of the Eastside Rail Corridor between Totem Lake and Bellevue. This request was added as candidate Project E-06 and was advanced by the ST Board for further study as at its August 27 Board meeting.  Sound Transit also directed ST staff to study Kirkland’s key connections to BRT on I-405, Project E-02. Kirkland City Council Members Dave Asher and Jay Arnold provided public comment before the Sound Transit Board and more recently City Council Member Jay Arnold recently authored a guest editorial on the Seattle Transit Blog entitled “ST3 should include BRT on the Eastside Rail Corridor.” In June, as Sound Transit’s public comment period opened, the City outlined its project priorities in a letter to ST (PDF) and provided additional detail to ST in a second letter (PDF), sent in July.

Totem Lake Conversation, Sept. 14, 11:30 pm, Café Veloce

The quarterly meeting of Totem Lake Conversations will be held on Monday, September 14 at Café Veloce, 12514 120th Avenue NE. Continuing its efforts to revitalize the Totem Lake Business District, the City will present updates on the Comprehensive Plan and Totem Lake Action Plan (PDF) and Kirkland’s success in getting key projects (including better access to Totem Lake) on the ‘candidate project list’ (See above section) for the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) ballot measure. A progress report on Totem Lake Mall, results of a Business Satisfaction and Broadband Survey (see next section) and an upcoming effort to plan for art on the Cross Kirkland Corridor will be shared.  Please contact Ellen Miller-Wolfe emwolfe@kirklandwa.gov if you have items to share.  RSVP on the City’s Event Brite page.  (Cost of lunch is the responsibility of participants).

Business Satisfaction Survey: Key Findings

The City recently hired Hebert Research to conduct a business satisfaction survey as a follow up a 2010 survey. In a telephone survey of 400 businesses owners/managers, half of the respondents were located in Kirkland; the other half were not. Key findings of the 2015 survey include:

  • Next 12-month business confidence level of 7.8 on a 10-point scale, up from 5.6 in 2010
  • 70% of respondents reported they have no interest in moving their business outside of Kirkland within the next 5 years
  • Overall satisfaction with the business services provided by the City of Kirkland rated 6.1 on a10-point scale, up from 5.5 in 2010
  • Overall satisfaction with the business communication provided by the City of Kirkland of 6.7 on a 10-point scale, up from 5.6 in 2010

Respondents were asked to rank the importance of and satisfaction with numerous economic development factors including high speed broadband availability, cultural and lifestyle vibe, transit availability, housing for employees, auto-related infrastructure, bicycle and pedestrian accessibility, walkability of Kirkland, and recreational opportunities. View the Kirkland business survey ratings (PDF).

New Parking Program coming soon for employees who work in downtown

The City will be unveiling new parking permit program for downtown employees in early September. Downtown employers should anticipate receiving applications in the next two weeks. There will be events and opportunities to learn more about the program also scheduled in October. The goal of the program is to make parking easier for employees and also for customers. Updates will be posted to the City’s parking webpage.

Kirkland businesses making news

In case you didn’t see the recent news about some of Kirkland’s businesses…. The Seattle Times features GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving in “It’s not your father’s GoDaddy, says new CEO” (Aug. 29, 2015).  Geek Wire and Business Insider reveal that the Amazon facility in Kirkland is getting ready to launch “Amazon Flex.” (Aug. 18 & 19, 2015). CenterCal Properties, the retail developer of Totem Lake Malls and Whole Foods Market have announced that Whole Foods will open its 12th location in Kirkland. (July 29, 2015). SipNorthwest (magazine that showcases Pacific Northwest beverages) raves about Bottle and Bull cocktail bar.

Welcome Northwest University’s “425 Collective”

This fall, Northwest University (NWU) is launching a business incubator/co-working space called the “425 Collective” that is an environment for innovative people to create, connect and cultivate. NWU desires to foster a diverse culture that produces premier leaders and companies that influence the community and world. There will be three types of businesses in the space; a) already existing/started businesses, b) new start-ups, and c) Experts, Coaches and Consultants. Look for NWU to formatting some intentional and organic communal and educational events, workshops and rhythms so that there will be both growth and connection happening in our space.  The 425 Collective will also have a few select Northwest business students in the space to help them grow, learn and to connect them to people well ahead of them.  The space is located at 6710 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, 98033. For more information, contact Teresa Gillespie, J.D., Dean, College of Business, Northwest University,425-889-5290 or teresa.gillespie@northwestu.edu.

Continued water curtailment urged

In mid-August, the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Everett announced that water curtailment advanced from “advisory” to “voluntary” and urged homes and businesses to cut back on water usage by 10%. Although, through collective reduction efforts, the 10% reduction has been achieved, water providers are encouraging customers to continue to cut back.  Kirkland is asking its water customer to implement some, if not all, of the water conservation tips posted to the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan webpage.

Easy steps to green your business

It’s easy to make your business a little greener – and every little bit helps! Follow the City’s guide to green your office supplies in three steps. And check out 26 ideas to put your Green Team into action.  

 

Each edition of Kirkland Biz News is posted on the City of Kirkland’s website at www.kirklandwa.gov/biznews.  We want to provide the information that is most important to subscribers so send your suggested topics to mjensen@kirklandwa.gov.