Downtown Talks

Conversations with Bellevue's Experts

Introducing a new online series with local business and community leaders. Your direct connection to what matters now and what’s ahead for Downtown Bellevue. 

Bellevue's Grand Connection:
From Vision to Reality

A 2-Part Conversation Exploring the Future of Downtown’s Walkable Corridor

Bellevue’s Grand Connection will link people to places through the heart of Bellevue, from Meydenbauer Bay Park to Wilburton and Eastrail, with an I-405 crossing.

In the next Downtown Talks, we'll cover the history, explain what’s next, and go in-depth on Amazon’s two-phase Bellevue 600 project, one of the major investments shaping the 1.5 mile Grand Connection and Downtown’s future. This two-part conversation features Mac Cummins, the City of Bellevue’s Community Development lead, and John Schoettler, Amazon's Global Vice President of Real Estate & Facilities.

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Guest Speakers:

Conversation #1: How Planning & Partnerships Bring the Grand Connection to Life
Mac Cummins  
|  Director of Community Development, City of Bellevue

Over the course of his career, Mac Cummins has overseen the administration of city redevelopment, zoning and planning. He employs his expertise in economic development and management to lead the City of Bellevue’s Planning and Community Development divisions, championing a long-range vision for Bellevue’s future. Before making it to Bellevue, Mack worked for the cities of Westminster, CO and Scottsdale, AZ. 


Conversation #2: How Amazon's Investment Shapes the Grand Connection's Future
John Schoettler  
|  VP Global Real Estate & Facilities, Amazon

John Schoettler is Vice President of Amazon’s Global Real Estate and Facilities (GREF) team.  GREF’s mission is to provide a secure, sustainable and efficient work environment to accommodate growth and enable Amazon employees to innovate and delight customers. Over the past 20 years, John’s team has overseen Amazon’s corporate real estate portfolio expand from 1MM square feet to more than 40MM across more than 50 countries.  Additionally, John’s team also oversees Amazon Corporate Security, Employee Health and Safety and Business Continuity, as well as Amazon’s Corporate Travel program.


Patrick Bannon  |  President, Bellevue Downtown Association

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