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Kirkland Biz News October 2015

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

Sound Transit 3 Candidate Priority Projects offer future mobility benefits to Kirkland

At the recent Kirkland Business Roundtable meeting, Kirkland officials shared how they are engaging Sound Transit (ST) officials as the process to develop the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) ballot measure moves forward. Last year, the Washington State Legislature granted ST authority to ask regional voters to approve new local revenue sources that within 15 years, can generate up to $15 billion in funding for mass transit expansions. Through a public input process, there is now a Candidate Project List which identifies projects that are being further evaluated by ST staff to be potentially included on the ST3 ballot proposal for the November 2016 election. Kirkland officials, businesses and residents have expressed a strong interest in three Candidate Projects: 1) Bus Rapid Transit in the Express Toll Lane on I-405; 2) Bus Rapid Transit between Totem Lake and Bellevue, and 3) Light Rail between Kirkland’s Totem Lake area and Bellevue, on the Eastside Rail Corridor, with a connection to Issaquah.  For more information, view the “ST3 BRT Frequently Asked Questions” brochure (PDF) developed by the City of Kirkland.

Changes to downtown parking: Designated employee parking and Park Lane/Main St. Lot

Starting mid-October, employees who work for businesses in the core district of downtown Kirkland will need to register with the City to receive a decal that allows parking in the Municipal Garage (at the Kirkland Library) and on Lake Avenue West. Registration forms will be available at City Hall and online at kirklandwa.gov/parking and must be submitted at the Public Works Department counter. Questions? employeeparking@kirklandwa.gov; 425-587-3800.

Another downtown parking change is happening. Starting October 21, the Park Lane/Main Street parking lot (site of former Antique Mall) will no longer be available for weekday, daytime (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) public parking. Paid public parking will be available in the lot on weekdays, 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Congratulations: Chameleon Technologies honored as Small Business of the year

King County Executive Dow Constantine awarded Chameleon Technologies as “Small Business of the Year.Chameleon Technologies is a technical staffing and professional services firm “that expertly matches qualified candidates to open positions at well-known companies in the Pacific Northwest.” Chameleon is located in the Emerald Building in downtown Kirkland and has been a Kirkland company since 2000.

Workshop Scheduled:  Telework Lunch & Learn, Oct. 20

Job Growth is on the rise and both congestion and travel times are up. Kirkland Green Trip and King County Metro are hosting a Telework Lunch-and-learn where employer representatives can hear about the benefits of telework and learn strategies for implementation of a formalized telework program. King County’s free Work Smart Program teaches employers how an effective telework or flexible work-hours program benefits your business’ bottom line and improves work/life balance. Workshop will be held on Oct. 20 at Kirkland City Hall. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; program starts at 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to support@kirklandgreentrip.com.

Leadership Eastside: Innovation for the Community, Nov. 9

Leadership Eastside (LE) invites community members and leaders to attend its “Partnering for Eastside Futures” luncheon on Monday, Nov. 9, 12-1:30 p.m., Meydenbauer Center (Bellevue). Eastside Futures is the Pacific Northwest's first Civic Incubator being launched at the lunch as a part of LE's 10-year strategic plan. More information: www.leadershipeastside.com.

Save the Date: 2016 Eastside Rail Corridor Summit, Jan. 9

Help to “Realizing the Multi-Use Vision” of the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC). Attend the 2016 ERC Summit, Jan. 9, 2016, Meydenbauer Center Join owners and community advocates to identify the opportunities in mobility, land use, recreation and culture that the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) provides. Learn about the ERC – what’s been done, what’s in planning and how you can impact the future of this amazing public asset. Discover what other national, regional and community leaders have learned in planning and building multi-use corridors. Share your ideas for how the ERC achieves its potential as a multi-use corridor. Walk on the corridor and provide your own ideas about how to meet challenges.

Workshops Postponed: EDC Dollars & $ense Workshops rescheduled for early 2016

In the September edition of Kirkland Biz news, workshops to be hosted by the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County were listed.  The EDC is postponing them until next year.

Summary Report for 2013-2014 Work Program

In alignment with the City’s Biennial Budget adoption process, the City Council adopts a two-year work program which identifies major initiatives for all city departments. The Work Program sets out an “Action Plan” by which the public can measure the City’s success in accomplishing its major policy and administrative priorities.  A summary report of the Work Program is developed to share results with the public.  The Summary Report for the 2013-2014 Work Program (PDF) is now available on line kirklandwa.gov/council.

New Address: Kirkland Chamber of Commerce office is moving

In December, the Kirkland Chamber office is moving from Parkplace to Arête, 450 Central Way. You can reach the office at 425-822-7066 or visit its website at www.kirklandchamber.org. Sign up to receive Chamber news and event information.

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