Previous Breakfast Topics
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.
Besides traffic, what's happening on I-405?
I-405 is the spine of the Eastside and tens of thousands of users are all too familiar with its pain points. In February, WSDOT and Sound Transit project leaders shared updates on when and how this corridor will keep us moving today and in the future. WSDOT shared information on I-405 Express Toll Lanes performance, plans for the Bellevue to Renton Widening and Express Toll Lanes project and an update on delivery of the I-405 Master Plan. Sound Transit presented on the I-405 BRT project.
Responding to Homelessness in Bellevue
The December BDA Breakfast program centered on the issue of homelessness in Bellevue. Diving into the subject were five panelists from leading organizations tackling this challenge on the frontlines. The fact-filled forum explored data, myths vs reality, trends, and solutions. With more than 150 people in attendance, the community came out in full force to learn about this issue and how Bellevue is responding.
In October, the BDA heard from Brad Jones, Executive Director at Visit Bellevue. Jones spoke on tourism and creating, "inspiring, memorable visitor experiences" in our city. The audience learned about the three pillar agencies contributing to the economic and civic quality of life in Bellevue, as well as strategies to ensure that Bellevue continues to grow it's reputation as a tourist destination all its own.
What Data is Telling Us About Mobility
Thanks to leading mobility analyst, Mark Hallenbeck, we had the opportunity to explore the impact land use decisions has on transportation trends as well as a sneak peak at Downtown's mobility future. Mark shed light on what’s motivating individual travel decisions and where commuting is poised to change in Bellevue and the greater Puget Sound Region. Thank you to those who attended our September breakfast.
Downtown Commercial Real Estate Market Watch
Thank you to everyone who joined us for an inside look at market trends driving real estate decisions in and around Downtown Bellevue. Our panel of experts explored our current pipeline, the design of things to come, potential zoning changes for East Main and Wilburton, and the expanding Spring District. We navigated submarket trends at work affecting rents, vacancies and tenant demand. Thank you again to everyone who joined us for this sold-out breakfast!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.