Nieuwenhuis choose Bellevue for many reasons others do – incredible parks, the amazing diversity, the thriving economy, the tremendous shopping, the growing restaurant scene, and the nationally-ranked schools. He believes the city has so much to offer and is proud to call Bellevue home.
2. When he’s not attending a city council meeting, Nieuwenhuis is the marketing director for Kalypso Media Group
The City of Bellevue has a part-time council, so he has the best of both worlds. At Kalypso Media Group, Nieuwenhuis markets and promotes some of the best real-time strategy games on the planet while giving back to his community and ensuring that Bellevue remains the “city where you want to be.”
3. From his point of view, Nieuwenhuis believes the interaction between people and the public realm makes up a great city.
Before a city can be a great city, Nieuwenhuis believes it must be a safe and welcoming place for all, have access to parks and open spaces, incorporate an easily accessible transportation network, provide quality city services and prioritize education and arts. He also thinks about the residents who shape the area. Nieuwenhuis said a city must be a constantly changing place that residents and their leaders can shape and reshape to satisfy their demands and needs. He quotes Alexander Garvin, "the interplay between people and the public realm, and how they interact to create and maintain great cities."
Nieuwenhuis said nothing beats the 4th of July celebration at the Bellevue Downtown Park. He loves seeing the whole region come together to celebrate our nation's birthday with friends, family and neighbors at the Eastside's largest 4th of July event. Nieuwenhuis enjoys the full day experience with live music, children's activities, food, and entertainment, leading to the spectacular fireworks show at the end of the evening.
Mayor Robinson and Deputy Mayor Nieuwenhuis are excited to attend this year's State of the City and connect to the community more. They'll discuss how Bellevue has planned for the incredible growth they've seen over the last decade – and what they're doing to ensure Bellevue remains the "city where you want to be." They'll also touch on several key issues the City Council has worked on, from affordable housing to environmental stewardship work to budget substantiality to public safety. Lastly, they'll highlight how the city is emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever.
Join us for this month's State of the City on June 28! Mayor Lynne Robinson and Deputy Mayor Jared Nieuwenhuis will share updates on the local economy, mobility projects, equity and inclusion work, community safety and more. Breakfast is included with registration.
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