More than ever, regional leaders are realizing that it is far more effective to address our biggest challenges together, rather than alone. In that spirit, we’ll kick off this year’s In-State Study Mission with a conversation with Eastside leaders, including King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci, Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, Bellevue Mayor John Chelminiak, and Redmond Mayor John Marchione.
Next, we’ll explore Bellevue’s ever-evolving downtown core on foot and see first-hand the development that has reshaped this one-time bedroom community into a robust and attractive urban destination for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.
We’ll also check in on what the City of Bellevue learned from the White House Smart Cities program, the progress they have made, and the innovative technologies and solutions they plan to apply in the coming years.
We’ll also be visiting the fascinating 87,000 square foot lab at Intellectual Ventures where multidisciplinary teams work in areas such as disease diagnostics and vaccine storage, spectroscopy, computer vision and deep learning systems, metamaterials, and more.
Next, we’ll get to visit the site of and get insight on the Bellevue’s highly anticipated Spring District – an urban, transit-oriented neighborhood which will consist of 3.75 million square feet of office space, 900 homes, a hotel, retail, parks, and the East Link light rail station.
Day two will start off in the Sammamish River Valley where we’ll discuss the balance between economic development and land preservation.
Then we’ll head to the University of Washington Bothell where we’ll learn about their life science hub. Bothell is home to 30 biotech and medical device companies that employ about 4,000 people. We’ll find out how the city is attracting and developing this cluster, before we head to Microsoft’s Redmond campus to take part in behind-the-scenes demonstrations of the Digital Crimes Unit and their new Blockchain technology, designed to create new types of digital identities and enhance personal privacy, security, and control.
Interested in the innovation and economic development happening right here? You can still join us on the In-State Study Mission, June 21-22!