Manufacturers, restaurateurs and a variety of small business operators based came together last week in South Park for a roundtable discussion with their District 1 representative, Councilmember Lisa Herbold over lunch.
Over the course of the conversation, business owners raised concerns about the rising cost of doing business in Seattle, as well as feeling out of the loop when new legislation is drafted that impacts their business. Councilmember Herbold urged members to follow her blog to stay informed on the latest developments at City Hall, and to organize with other businesses to quantify impacts of proposed legislation. She also encouraged members to take advantage of her open-door policy.
In touching other topics, Councilmember Herbold noted her work on starting a legacy business program, bringing trash pick-up services to unsanctioned encampments, and her work to promote affordable housing via her work on the Planning and Land-Use Committee and City’s Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) agenda. She also highlighted the City’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, in successfully connecting low-level criminals with services.
This in-district roundtable—co-hosted with the South Park Business Association and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Recology—was the latest in a series that the Seattle Metro Chamber started in 2016. For the past year, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has made connecting neighborhood business owners to their district councilmembers a priority of our outreach work.
In 2017, the Chamber will continue connecting Seattle City Councilmembers and other elected officials with business owners in neighborhoods across the city. Later this month, the Chamber will convene a small business roundtable with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene to discuss federal tax reform measures, and later this spring we’ll connect District 4 businesses with Councilmember Rob Johnson over lunch in the U-District.
If you are 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.