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Open to the public, the BDA Breakfast Series is a monthly meeting that invites experts to share the latest information on Downtown trends and insights into pressing issues. 

May 2018

Why Kids Are Key for a Strong Downtown

As Downtown Bellevue grows, kids and their families will continue to play a big role in the design and health of our community and economy. What’s at stake and how can we help build an even stronger downtown for all? How are our kid-focused spaces, businesses and programs attracting jobs and visitors and giving us a competitive edge?
Our expert panel led the discussion and explored links between business, kids and building amazing places to play, learn and grow up.

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April 2018

Bellevue’s Tomorrow:  Mayor and Deputy Mayor Share Council’s Vision

At our April BDA Breakfast, we heard from Mayor John Chelminiak and Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson who shared insights into the strategic plans for Bellevue’s future. They dove into the state of the city and explored the city’s approach to advancing Bellevue as a global destination. 

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March 2018

Why Bellevue is Next for Vulcan

The March BDA Breakfast featured Scott Matthews, Senior Director, Acquisitions & Residential Development at Vulcan Real Estate.  Scott talked about Vulcan's instrumental role in transforming South Lake Union from an industrial area into a thriving office, retail and residential destination for tech workers and innovation. He then gave us insight into Vulcan's future in Bellevue. 

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February 2018

Learning from the Best: What it Takes to Attract & Retain Talent

The BDA put together a program which would help attendees learn from the best about what it takes to attract and to retain talent. The breakfast included a panel, moderated by James Whitfield, President of Leadership Eastside, featuring BDA member organizations recognized among the 2018 Best Places to Work on glassdoor.com. Panelists hailed from Microsoft, REI, T-Mobile, SAP Concur and Kaiser Permanente. 

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January 2018 

44th Annual Celebration

In January, the BDA celebrates Downtown Bellevue at its Annual Celebration. This replaces a January BDA Breakfast. This year, we heard from speaker Rebecca Ryan and awarded Place Making Awards to Kemper Development Company for the Lincoln Square Expansion at The Bellevue Collection and to the City of Bellevue and Rotary Club of Bellevue for the ‘Complete the Circle’ & Inspiration Playground projects. 

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