Seattle Growth Podcast continues a season-long exploration of a topic affecting everyone connected to Seattle: homelessness. Today’s episode brings perspective from Seattle business.

Jon Scholes, President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, shares what downtown businesses have done to help unsheltered residents and why they’ve committed resources to addressing the challenge.

Mike Slade, founding partner at Second Ave Partners, gives his take on Seattle’s business climate and the efforts of the city to continue growing.

The interviews give you perspectives on why and how business leaders could get involved in chipping away at the homelessness crisis.

Host, Jeff Shulman, also shared updates on his upcoming feature-length documentary, On the Brink, which features several guests from earlier seasons of Seattle Growth Podcast in a story of history, hope, and determination.

More information about today’s guests:

Jon Scholes is President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA), overseeing the activities of the 2,000-member organization and the operations of the Metropolitan Improvement District. Previously, Jon was Vice President of Advocacy and Economic Development for the DSA. Jon has spent seventeen years working in nonprofit advocacy, local government and in senior positions on political campaigns at the regional and state levels. Jon served for more than five years as Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember Julia Patterson.

The Downtown Seattle Association is a member-based non-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthy, vibrant downtown. By advocating on issues including transportation, economic development and the urban experience, DSA works to ensure that downtown remains a great place to live, work, shop and play.

Mike Slade co-founded Second Avenue Partners in 2000. He began his career at Microsoft, where he introduced world renowned products such as Excel and Microsoft Office. Slade was hired as CEO of Starwave in 1993, where he launched ESPN.COM, NBA.COM, ABCNews.com and several other well-known properties. Slade has lived in Seattle for several decades.

 

Today’s episode of Seattle brings you behind the scenes of City Hall in an interview with Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda. Councilmember Mosqueda shares her thinking about the controversial “head tax” and what she learned from how the process of enacting then repealing the tax unfolded. She also shares her vision for how the city could improve its response to the homelessness crisis.

The episode also features an interview with a UW professor who experienced homelessness herself before becoming an academic expert on the topic.

    Josephine Ensign is professor of nursing and adjunct professor in the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is the author of the medical memoir Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net, winner of the American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book of the Year Award. She is author of the nonfiction book Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins, recently published by the University of California Medical Humanities Press. She is director of the Doorway Project, a community-campus partnership (with YouthCare) creatively addressing housing and food insecurity and promoting wellness for young people in the U District. The next Doorway pop-up café community event is Friday, August 24 noon-4pm at Street Bean Café and the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library on Roosevelt. Everyone is welcome. UW students have established a gofundme site to support the pay-it-forward model of the Doorway Café.  

This special episode of Seattle Growth Podcast brings you more information about the proposed ordinance that can change the way public spaces are used in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Seattle City Council is considering a proposal that will set rules dictating the city’s response to unsanctioned encampments on public property. A recent draft can be found here

The proposal has made headlines, but Seattle Growth Podcast is the first to bring you in-depth interviews from multiple perspectives closest to issue. City Councilmember Rob Johnson discusses the proposal and why he co-sponsored it. City Councilmember Tim Burgess discusses why he is opposed to the proposal and what he believes should be done instead.

For a perspective outside of government, the episode also includes an interview with the CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association: Jon Scholes.

For those of you who would like to have your voice heard on either side of this issue, you may find the City Councilmembers’ contact information below:

Lisa Herbold
206-684-8803
lisa.herbold@seattle.gov
Bruce Harrell
206-684-8804
bruce.harrell@seattle.gov
Kshama Sawant
206-684-8016
kshama.sawant@seattle.gov
Rob Johnson
206-684-8808
rob.johnson@seattle.gov
Debora Juarez
206-684-8805
debora.juarez@seattle.gov
Mike O’Brien
206-684-8800
mike.obrien@seattle.gov
Sally Bagshaw
206-684-8801
sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov
Tim Burgess
206-684-8806
tim.burgess@seattle.gov
Lorena Gonzales
206-684-8802
lorena.gonzalez@seattle.gov

You may contact all city council members in a single email using council@seattle.gov

 

Seattle Growth Podcast Live Announcement

Also, be sure to join UW Foster professor Jeff Shulman, who hosts Seattle Growth Podcast, for Seattle Growth Podcast Live on October 17th.

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Shulman will moderate a distinguished panel of community leaders in a discussion about how to address the growth-related challenges and opportunities that will shape Seattle’s future. The panel includes:

John Connors John Creighton Maggie Walker
Ignition Partners Port of Seattle Commissioner Civic Leader

The panel discussion will be preceded by a networking opportunity during a reception with appetizers and a cash bar.

Where: Impact Hub Seattle. See Location and Parking information.

When: Monday, October 17th, 6pm to 8pm

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The event is sponsored by

UW Foster Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and Impact Hub Seattle