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Kirkland Biz News - September 2015

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

City Council authorizes funding for conceptual design of Bus Rapid Transit on the CKC

At its September 15 meeting, the City Council approved funding for the conceptual design of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the CKC (PDF). The City has a long-standing commitment to the CKC being a multiple purpose transportation corridor and the adopted CKC Master Plan includes conceptual that transit service necessary to create mobility alternatives and support the economic development growth.   The funding request will allow the City to develop a smaller scale, less impactful and less expensive design of BRT. To view video from the Council’s meeting, go to, search “Watch Council Meetings,” and select “09/15/15 Video,” select Item 10b/Cross Kirkland Corridor Update.

Recently, with input from City of Kirkland officials, the Sound Transit (ST) Board 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 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 to provide service sooner and more cost-effectively. This request was added as candidate Project E-06 and was advanced by the ST Board for further study.

Business Competitive Study: 2015 Update

Kirkland periodically assesses its business competitiveness against its neighboring cities, with the aim of ensuring that Kirkland permits and fees are either consistent or lower than our neighbors, and that Kirkland can both retain and attract business. With this in mind, the City contracted with Berk to provide an update to a study they did in 2012. We hope that it is useful to developers, businesses, the brokerage community and also instructive to citizens of Kirkland. View the 2015 Business Competitive Study Summary (PDF).

Kirkland Business Roundtable meeting focuses on mobility

The Kirkland Business Roundtable will hold its quarterly meeting on October 14, 2015 at the 425 Collective, 6710 108th Ave NE Kirkland, WA, from 7:30 -9:30 am. The 425 Collective is the latest co-working incubator space to open in Kirkland, and is owned and operated by Northwest University. Teresa Gillespie, J.D. Dean of the College of Business at NWU will describe the Collective and also provide a tour of the facility. The Roundtable program will focus on mobility, which the City understands is a key ingredient to business attraction and the quality of life current businesses and residents enjoy. While we have made great strides this year in addressing the need for transit, there are continuing challenges. A review of Legislative wins and continuing efforts with regard to shaping the project list of Sound Transit 3 will be provided together with projects planned for construction as part of the City capital improvements program. Roundtable members can comment on and offer new transportation strategies. A light breakfast will be served.  Please RSVP at

Dollars & $ense: Get Smart about Raising Capital for Your Business

The Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County is sponsoring a series of startup and small business workshops focused on access to capital. Raising capital is essential to every business and choosing the right capital sources and partners can be challenging. The workshops will explore various funding options in three targeted clusters: Clean Technology, Information & Communications Technology, and Life Sciences and Health. Whether you are just starting up, seeking Series C funding, or looking for alternative funding sources, industry experts can assist you in each stage of raising capital.

  • Clean Technology, October 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., SURF Incubator – Cabana
    821 2nd Ave Suite 410, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Info & Communications Technology, October 13, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Thinkspace Redmond, 8201 164th Ave NE Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052
  • Info & Communications Technology, October 20, 2015, CenterPoint Corporate Park
    20809 72nd Ave S, Kent, WA 98032
  • Life Sciences & Health, November 17, 2015, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., UW Bothell
    18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

City receives grant for Totem Lake Boulevard Flood Reduction Project

The King County Flood Control District has awarded the city of Kirkland over $330,000 in grant money for its Totem Lake Boulevard Flood Reduction Project. Flood reduction efforts during the past few years has reduced issues of backwater in the drainage basin between Totem Lake and Interstate 405 (I-405). This KCFCD grant consists of re-routing pipes to along the Cross Kirkland Corridor in order to increase stormwater conveyance capacity and reduce flooding.

Final Edition: Totem Lake “On Track” News Bulletin

Thefinal edition of the Totem Lake “On Track” news bulletin (September 2015) is now available online. Although the publication will no longer be produced, there are other opportunities to stay informed on the revitalization efforts of Totem Lake. Visit the Totem Lake Mall Redevelopment webpage and/or subscribe to receive updates via email.

Kirkland businesses making news

Kirkland-based INRIX recently announced that it acquired ParkMe. INRIX creates and provide real-time traffic information worldwide; ParkMe helps consumers find parking, make reservations and mobile payments worldwide.

The Puget Sound Business Journal featured the sale of the Kirkland Homeport Marina (and associated office building) by PMF Investments.

City of Kirkland receives top ratings

We are pleased to join the above companies in some “happy headlines” of our own.  Livability has ranked Kirkland, WA among the Top 100 “Best Places to Live 2016.” Kirkland ranked #25 (up from #73 in 2015). ” Read more about Livability’s annual ranking report.  NerdWallet recently ranked Kirkland #20 (out of the top 20) best places to start a business in Washington state. Learn how NerdWallet did it’s analysis.

Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan: Listening session Oct. 15

Residents and businesses within the Finn Hill Neighborhood are encouraged to attend an Oct. 15 Listening Session as a kick-off to the development of its first Neighborhood Plan. Input will help to develop policies for how the neighborhood should prepare for future growth while maintaining its community character and natural areas. The interactive workshop will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Finn Hill Middle School, 8040 NE 132nd Street. For background information and to sign up to receive updates via email, go to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan webpage.

Gone Mobile: Kirkland Maps portal now available on mobile devices

The City’s IT/GIS folks have been busy updating the KirklandMaps portal so that you can use the online mapping tool on tablets and smart phones (in addition of laptops and desktops). lets you access property, permit history, zoning, utility, topography, environmental and other data.

New App: King County Assessor’s Office launches property value trends for Area 74 (Kirkland)

The King County Assessor’s Office has launched a new app that helps you find property values for a specific property, neighborhood or region.  LocalScape provides property value and tax data layered with census information. LocalScape can be accessed at

Accountability Reports: Street Levy and Park Levy

In November 2012, Kirkland voters approved Proposition 1: City Street Maintenance and Pedestrian Safety and Proposition 2: City Parks Maintenance, Restoration, and Enhancement Levy as permanent property tax levies. Since the measures have been in place, the City has produced annual accountability reports that summarize how the levy funds are being used to support and enrich Kirkland’s quality of life. The 2014 Accountability Reports for each levy are now posted online at

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