Many thanks to the Seattle Chamber for hosting the Seattle Restaurant Alliance in-person/virtual monthly meeting yesterday.

To begin, we watched a presentation from Seattle’s Network of Giving which transforms communities and businesses by connecting the four essential pillars that support and elevate community stewardship, prosperity, and resiliency: People, Business, Charity, Finance.

Learn more about the Network of Giving here.

Network of Giving – Business Connect Form:

Casey Rodgers and Joel Miller with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT provided an update on the Safe Start (streateries) program. Permits are free through January 31, 2023, and SDOT will propose permanent legislation in the coming months.

Here are a few highlights of the proposed changes:

  • Lower fees and lower barriers (as compared to pre-pandemic costs).
  • Moving rules from the Seattle Municipal Code to Director’s Rules to give the program more flexibility.
  • Adding seasonal options for permits.
  • Waiving occupation fees for most uses – including parking replacement fees.

View the full presentation of the proposed changes.

Our final presentation was from John Boesche with Visit Seattle who gave a preview on the upcoming cruise season and preparing for summer tourism. Visit Seattle anticipates the largest Alaska cruise season in Seattle’s history with 296 sailings and an estimated 1,260,000 passangers.

The presentation also featured information for the new summit building at the Seattle Convention Center, which is expected to feature its convention event in January of 2023.

View the full presentation here.

Next Meeting:

The next meeting will be June 1 and will feature Mayor Harrell.