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Kirkland Biz News January 2016

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

Kirkland City Hall renovation starts Jan. 25

On Jan. 5, the City Council awarded the construction contract for the renovation of City Hall. Starting around January 25, work to renovate the inside of the building will begin and includes updated furnishings, carpet and paint.  The north entrance to City Hall will be closed and customers will enter at the south entrance. The City is pleased to be enhancing its customer service by providing a Customer Service Concierge who will assist customers as they enter City Hall, by creating a dedicated Development Services counter area to better assist permit applicants, and updating the City Council Chambers as a multi-purpose room with multi-media upgrades. The Parks & Community Services and Human Resources Departments will eventually be located at City Hall, consolidating most city departments within one place.  Construction is expected to be completed in late October/early November 2016. Project updates are posted to www.kirklandwa.gov (search: City Hall Remodel).

Google recognizes Kirkland with e-City award as leading cities in the digital economy

The City was recently named by Google as the 2015 e-City of Washington for its strong online business community. Darcy Nothnagle, Google’s Head of External Affairs in the Northwest, presented the award to the City Council on Jan. 5. Google worked with the independent research firm IPSOS to analyze the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all fifty states and Kirkland is among the ranks of America’s leading cities in the digital economy.

City Council considers comment letter to Sound Transit Board for ST3 ballot measure at Jan. 19 meeting

The City hosted a second community update on candidate projects that are currently included in the draft Sound Transit 3 System Plan (known as the ST3 ballot). The projects include: (1) Bus Rapid Transit on I-405; (2) Light Rail Transit on the Eastside Rail Corridor (including the Cross Kirkland Corridor) from Kirkland/Totem Lake to Issaquah via Bellevue and (3) Bus Rapid Transit on the Eastside Rail Corridor (including the Cross Kirkland Corridor) from Kirkland to Bellevue. Attendees were given an opportunity to hear from Sound Transit officials on these three candidate projects and the next steps in the development of the ST3 ballot. City officials provided an update on the City’s efforts to ensure that community concerns regarding the projects are addressed. Participants were able to talk in person with members of the City Council and Transportation Commission and with city and Sound Transit Staff.  To view the PowerPoint slideshows from the community event, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/ST3. 

At its January 19th meeting, the City Council will be considering a draft letter that is due to the Sound Transit Board of Directors on January 21st. The draft letter will be posted on the City’s website (City Council Agendas) as part of the meeting agenda by Friday, January 15th.

Headlines worth noting: Kirkland Urban updates; Musical notes; and Yahoo for Deru

Tableau Software has announced it has opened offices in New York City and Beijing and signed additional leases in Seattle and Kirkland, reports PR News Wire (1/31/16). In Kirkland, there are currently 250 employees and the company is growing. Puget Sound Business Journal (1/6/16) further reports that Tableau and Wave Broadband have leased 175,000 square feet of office space in Kirkland Urban. An update on the construction timeline for Kirkland Urban was featured in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (1/8/16).  The Kirkland Reporter (12/10/15) shares that Purple Café and Wine Bar will return to its Kirkland homestead once the project is open.

Music critics for the Seattle Times featured their favorite performances for 2015 (1/30/15) and gave a High Five to the Anat Cohen with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra show held at the Kirkland Performance Center. The City is applauding too because its tourism program helped to fund the performance.

Here’s a headline that must be music to his ears: “Label gives Car Seat Headrest more confidence.” Kirkland resident Will Toledo and his band Car Seat Headrest were recently signed to Matador Records as reported in the Spokesman Review (1/7/16).

Who doesn’t like being Number 1? Deru Market has top honors as the No. 1 ranked place to eat on the Eastside according to reviews tallied by Trip Advisor. See the full list on 425 Magazine online.