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March 2024: "WHY CHILDCARE MATTERS FOR DOWNTOWN'S WORKFORCE"
A group of community leaders discuss the complicated state of childcare necessary for supporting working parents. They explore why costs are increasing, services are becoming scarce, impacts to equity and inclusion, and what it’ll take to address the issues.

October 2023: "THE MAKING OF THE GRAND CONNECTION"
The Grand Connection vision for a seamless pedestrian experience from Meydenbauer Bay Park through Downtown over I-405 to the Eastrail in the Wilburton neighborhood.

September 2023"MEET THE CANDIDATES: 2023 BELLEVUE CITY COUNCIL FORUM"
Bellevue's City Council candidates address questions regarding the business community and other issues impacting the city in preparation for the upcoming election.

June 2023"2023 STATE OF THE CITY"
Mayor Lynne Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis share what the city's future holds, including updates on the local economy, arts and tourism, equity and inclusion initiatives, housing strategies, neighborhood safety, mobility projects and more as we celebrate our shared achievements and pave the path ahead. 

May 2023"BUILDINGS OF TOMORROW: AN UPDATE ON BELLEVUE'S CHANGING SKYLINE"
A panel of some of Bellevue's top developers discuss how their projects are impacting the future landscape of Bellevue. 

April 2023"RETURN TO OFFICE: MEETING THE EMERGING NEEDS OF DOWNTOWN BELLEVUE'S WORKFORCE"
A panel of subject matter experts representing different industries that rely on Downtown will share insights into what makes their employees happy and eager to work in Bellevue. 

March 2023"FROM THE GROUND UP: HOW STREET LEVEL EXPERIENCE IMPACTS DOWNTOWN'S ECONOMY"
We heard from a panel of local businesses how the street-level experience impacts the destination appeal for attracting customers and generating vibrancy. 

December 2022"CHARTING BELLEVUE'S FUTURE"
The Bellevue 2044 team showcases its findings and emerging vision for Bellevue’s future.
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October 2022"WHAT'S NEXT FOR SOUND TRANSIT EASTSIDE PROJECTS AND SERVICES?"
Sound Transit’s new CEO, Julie Timm, shares her top priorities for the agency and discusses local and regional projects important to Bellevue, such as East Link and I-405 Bus Rapid Transit.
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September 2022"FUTURE OF RETAIL: WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THE DOWNTOWN EXPERIENCE?"
A panel of retail experts discuss new customer behaviors and demands, commercial leasing trends, and what it takes to attract retail activity in the current market.

March 2022"MAJOR PROJECTS & TRENDS SHAPING BELLEVUE'S FUTURE"
Featuring: Kate Joncas, Director of Urban Strategy and Development for MIG, and Gary Guenther, Shareholder and Executive Vice President for Kidder Mathews.
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December 2021"BEYOND RETAIL: DEVELOPING A DESTINATION"
An inside look at the success behind The Bellevue Collection and what's next. 

Featuring: Kemper Freeman, Chairman & CEO, Kemper Development Company
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September 2021"CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM"
Featuring: All candidates running in this year's City Council election
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June 2021"A COMMUNITY EFFORT: ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS IN BELLEVUE"
Featuring: David Bowling, Executive Director of CFH (Congregations for the Homeless)
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May 2021"STATE OF THE CITY 2021"
How the City of Bellevue has positioned itself for future success in a post-pandemic world
Featuring: Mayor Lynne Robinson & Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis 

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April 2021"GET TO KNOW THE GRAND CONNECTION"
How Downtown’s Pedestrian Corridor is Shaping the Future
Featuring: Mac Cummins, City of Bellevue & John Schoettler, Amazon

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March 2021"THE SWEET SIDE OF BUSINESS"
How Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream grew into a regional icon with a mission
Featuring: Molly Moon Neitzel

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February 2021"BEHIND THE SCREENS WITH BUNGIE"
A look at Bellevue’s gaming industry with Bungie COO Patrick O’Kelley 
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January 2021:"LOOKING AT LAW ENFORCEMENT"
A candid conversation with Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett 
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November 2020"RETAIL & RESILIENCY"
How The Bellevue Collection re-imagined the holiday shopping experience in a COVID-19 era
Featuring: Jennifer Leavitt, Kemper Development Company
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October 2020"WORKFORCE WELLNESS: PRIORITY #1"
How the wellness policies at Microsoft support employees & shape the future
Featuring: Colleen Daly, Microsoft

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