ANNUAL DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ASSOCIATION
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ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ASSOCIATION
TRANSPORTATION, ACCESS & PARKING
MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS
METROPOLITAN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
DSA 2010/11 LEADERSHIP
DSA DOWNTOWN CHAMPION AWARD
MESSAGE FROM DSA PRESIDENT KATE JONCAS & BOARD CHAIR JAMES HENDRICKS, PhD There’s no getting around that the economic downturn of the last few years has left its mark on Downtown Seattle. But if our 2010/11 year is any indication, the tide has begun to turn toward a promising future. To measure progress, we pay close attention to four key indicators: Downtown as a place to live, to work, to shop and to play. If all four indicators are moving in the right direction, chances are high that our Downtown will be healthy and vibrant. This past year we had much to celebrate in each of these areas including the groundbreaking for nine new apartment towers; the opening of new headquarters for Amazon, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dendreon Corporation, NewBay Software, PATH and Russell Investments; the arrival of retailers All Saints Spitalfields, Forever 21 and later this year, Target; as well as the opening of several restaurants including Hard Rock Café, Michael Mina’s RN74, Sullivan’s and five new Tom Douglas eateries. And let us not forget the Seattle Art Museum’s Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris exhibit which attracted 405,000 visitors and an estimated $66 million in statewide economic impact. Even with these and other signs of an improving economy, our continued office and retail vacancy rates, budget cuts, high unemployment, changing political landscape and a rattled consumer confidence have taught us that no one is immune, and that we must have a plan in place to emerge from the recession well prepared and well positioned.
So this year we embarked on a strategic planning effort involving hundreds of DSA members and non-members alike in the development of a five-year strategic plan for the DSA and Downtown Seattle. The plan, introduced at our annual meeting, focuses on eight strategic initiatives in addition to five projects seen as transformative for Downtown, as well as steps to improve the organization’s governance, branding and community relations. We hope you will take time to acquaint yourself with our strategic plan and to read the following pages of this annual report which highlight our numerous efforts and accomplishments of the past year. More importantly, if you aren’t already involved please consider participating in one of our many committees, task forces and advisory groups –
FOR DOWNTOWN’S CONTINUED SUCCESS,TODAY AND TOMORROW, REQUIRES ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER.
DOWNTOWN TRANSIT REFORM
ACCESS & PARKING
DOWNTOWN SEATTLE ASSOCIATION OUR MISSION: TO CHAMPION A HEALTHY, VIBRANT URBAN CORE ABOUT US The Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) – with more than 470 member companies, oganizations and residents – is a non-profit community organization dedicated to ensuring Downtown is accessible, competitive, inviting, clean and safe. The DSA founded and operates the Metropolitan Improvement District which implements neighborhood cleaning, hospitality and safety services – as well as research and promotions – for 225-square-blocks in Downtown Seattle. In partnership with city and county agencies, DSA also founded Commute Seattle which provides transportation resources for commuters, as well as consulting services for Downtown businesses, property owners and managers looking to develop commute packages for their employees and tenants. Together we are working to ensure Downtown Seattle continues to be a great place to live, work, shop and play.
VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE The Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District have redesigned and launched DowntownSeattle.com. This dynamic site offers visitors easier navigation and several new features including comprehensive event and happy hour listings, city council vote tracking, an expanded resource library, updated blog functionality and so much more. Visit DowntownSeattle.com to find everything you need in one great place!
BORED TUNNEL LET’S MOVE FORWARD CAMPAIGN In collaboration with dozens of other community leaders, DSA helped launch “Let’s Move Forward” – a new campaign to build support around keeping the bored tunnel project progressing forward. The campaign is the latest DSA effort following 10 years of dedicated advocacy, providing a strong voice in support of reconnecting Downtown to its waterfront and the bored tunnel as the best alternative to replace the aging and dangerous Alaskan Way Viaduct. Read the Puget Sound Business Journal op-ed by DSA Board Member Robert Sexton
Metro Transit Emergency Funding Partnered with other business and environmental organizations in urging the State Legislature to adopt Senate Bill 5457, providing much needed emergency funding for Metro Transit in light of a budget shortfall. The approved bill will provide King County Metro with emergency funding to help prevent estimated service cuts of more than 600,000 operating hours by allowing King County to enact a small annual congestion fee on vehicles.
IMPROVE DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION & ACCESSIBILITY
Helped shape significant reforms of King County Metro Transit. DSA President Kate Joncas represented Downtown on a blue-ribbon panel, recommending important reforms to outdated policies that inhibited Metro’s ability to allocate transit where it was needed. With more people arriving to work Downtown by bus than by any other means, the new policy ensures high ridership routes and corridors serving job centers like Downtown are prioritized for new and additional service.
Parking Meter Rates DSA – along with leaders from 14 other area businesses and organizations – issued a letter to the Mayor and City Council urging a delay in the implementation of parking meter rate increases around the Seattle area. Concerned over the affect rate increases would have on foot traffic and area businesses, the group requested the City take a second look at the data collected in SDOT’s 2010 study and re-evaluate the proposed rate increases. Also, a parking forum hosted by DSA drew nearly 200 people concerned over the rate increases to hear from the city on their reasoning behind the change and express their concerns. SDOT announced a revision to the rates shortly after the forum, lowering rates in some Downtown neighborhoods, as well as in the city-owned Pacific Place Garage. DSA also successfully opposed a proposed increase in the commercial parking tax. Read a letter to the Seattle City Council from DSA and other community leaders regarding Downtown parking rate increases View a chart showcasing the changes between the City’s initial rate increase proposal and the revised rates currently in place
ENSURE DOWNTOWN IS INVITING, CLEAN AND SAFE
2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: DOWNTOWN’S NEW CENTRAL WATERFRONT Continued to play a leading role in the planning and development of Downtown’s new Central Waterfront. DSA board members Patrick Gordon, Gerry Johnson and Charles Royer are leading a steering committee overseeing planning for design, financing and operations of the new Central Waterfront. Public engagement in this effort has been tremendous, with three events drawing more than 900 individuals each to the Seattle Aquarium, Benaroya Hall and Bell Harbor Conference Center.
SOUTH DOWNTOWN HEIGHT INCREASES
View initial design concepts from design lead, James Corner, and his project team
INCREASED POLICE PATROLS Urged City officials to increase the number of police officers on foot patrol in Downtown neighborhoods. The 2011 City of Seattle budget included 30 additional officers assigned to patrol duties. In 2011, there were more officers on foot patrol in Downtown than ever before and major crime was at a 10-year low.
DOWNTOWN PARKS ACTIVATION
Read The Seattle Times op-ed by DSA President Kate Joncas
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Worked in partnership with the Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District and SoDo neighborhoods to support building height increases, enabling the creation of more market rate and workforce housing, and encouraging improved retail and safety. After four years of work – including 17 City Council meetings and dozens of public hearings – new height limits for neighborhoods in South Downtown went to vote. While the City Council did not adopt the desired maximum increase, heights throughout the neighborhoods were increased to allow for additional development in select areas.
Advocated for preserving city funding for arts, culture and music programs in Downtown parks – an important part of keeping our public spaces active and inviting. Activities included concerts, festivals, art walks and more. Despite cuts to citywide parks programing, the 2011 City budget maintained funding for Downtown parks programing and maintenance.
Increase Downtown’s economic competitiveness
2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: Business Recruitment Initiated conversations with – as well as provided information and support for – several businesses looking to locate or grow in Downtown Seattle. Most notably, DSA leadership met with executives from Russell Investments and successfully highlighted the business benefits of locating their corporate headquarters here. In the fall of 2010, Russell Investments relocated its 900-employee corporate headquarters to Downtown Seattle. Also welcomed employees of businesses relocating in Downtown – such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Russell Investments and PATH – with a variety of information and resources, ranging from “Welcome to Downtown” presentations to walking tours to customized neighborhood maps and websites highlighting nearby restaurants, coffee shops, transit stations, personal services and more.
Business Retention Program Launched a first of its kind business retention program in partnership with the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. To stay in touch with Downtown employers both large and small, DSA visited and interviewed nearly 100 retail, hospitality and professional service employers to identify issues impacting business growth and any impacts of city permitting, regulation and taxation. Working closely with the City, information gathered during the interviews was logged and tracked in a common database so issues impacting employers can be better understood and acted upon.
City Budget Crisis
State of Downtown Economic FORUM & Report
In an effort to keep Seattle competitive, DSA urged city officials to avoid tax increases on Downtown employers as a means to close the city’s budget deficit. As a result, the 2011 city budget included no new general tax increases on employers, despite the city facing a nearly $70 million deficit. In addition, city officials prioritized job creation and Seattle’s competitiveness in adopting the 2011 budget.
Hosted the State of Downtown Economic Forum to present findings from DSA’s annual economic report, including the latest information on Downtown retail, office space, tourism and housing market trends. The comprehensive report also included Downtown pedestrian counts, hotel occupancy rates, neighborhood profiles, and new private and public construction projects researched and compiled by the Metropolitan Improvement District’s business development and market research team.
Read DSA’s letter to the City regarding 2011 budget concerns
Life Sciences & Global Health Assessment Conducted a strategic assessment of the life sciences and global health sectors in Downtown’s Denny Triangle and South Lake Union neighborhoods, through a grant from the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development. The assessment identified specific challenges and opportunities for growing and sustaining a vibrant hub for these important sectors. The City and DSA will use this information to develop a policy agenda addressing the recommended improvements.
Read the State of Downtown Economic Report
Support for Convention Center Expansion Advocated alongside other members of our community in support of a bill that would have jump started expansion of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, as well as encourage additional investments to support tourism in Seattle and King County. While the bill did not pass this year, DSA will continue to fight for and stand behind this issue in the years to come.
Read the full Life Sciences & Global Health Assessment report
Strengthen Downtown’s image and identity as the region’s preferred urban destination to shop, dine, stay and play
DESTINATION MARKETING Out to Lunch Concert Series Planned and promoted 23 summer lunchtime concerts at a variety of venues across Downtown neighborhoods, offering a wide selection of national and local musical acts, while driving concert-goers to nearby eateries for grab-ngo lunch items. The popular DSA/MID series featuring the likes of The English Beat and Glen Phillips from Toad the Wet Sprocket attracted nearly 9,000 concert-goers with a broad mix of musical genres including folk, funk, jazz, rock, reggae and country.
Holidays in the City Campaign Transformed Downtown into a festive, family-oriented holiday destination by partnering with the MID, Seattle Center and Seattle’s Convention & Visitors Bureau to expand the reach of DSA’s long-running holiday advertising campaign locally, as well as to nearby markets including Portland, Spokane, Vancouver, BC and beyond.
2010/11HIGHLIGHTS: HIGHLIGHTS: 2010/11 Summer in the City Campaign Conducted a multimedia marketing campaign in partnership with the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) aimed at attracting visitors from across the region during the important summer tourist season. The campaign invited people to explore all of the great summer offerings that Downtown Seattle has to offer, including premier events and attractions, itinerary suggestions, happy hour listings and “hot deals” to shop, dine, stay and play. The campaign included television and radio advertising, a dedicated summer-focused website, as well as extensive online, email and social media promotions.
In addition, the DSA and MID once again produced one of Seattle’s most beloved family traditions – the KING 5 Wonderland featuring the Holiday Carousel benefitting Treehouse, attracting more than 70,000 young at heart who took a spin in Westlake Park. Also produced this year was an expanded Toyland Village, a family favorite featuring more than 50 illuminated sculptures of childhood toys displayed magically in Waterfront Park. Other efforts helping to attract holiday crowds to Downtown included weekly prize giveaways at participating Downtown retailers, as well as streetscape tree and building up-lighting, highlighting the unique exterior architectural features among participating Downtown buildings and creating a seasonal splash of color along Seattle’s skyline. Highlighting the effort was Pioneer Square, where the famous pergola was awash in red and green lights, along with a fully lit median along First Avenue and a Christmas tree in Pioneer Square Park.
MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS
Expand DSA’s diverse base of informed and engaged members and key stakeholders
Strategic Planning Initiative
2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: Member Participation DSA members – as diverse as the community we serve – provided an important voice on economic development, public policy and destination marketing. Last year, representatives from 190 member organizations played an active role by serving on the Board of Trustees or on one or more of DSA’s standing committees and task forces. In addition, representatives from more than half of our member organizations participated in a DSA-hosted event, forum or issue-oriented discussion group.
Downtown Resident Engagement Conducted presentations to residents of Downtown condominiums and apartments, including two Downtown Neighborhood Resident’s Forums – one focused on public safety issues, and one focused on Downtown parks. The presentations provided residents with information about DSA/MID and other Downtown services, while inviting participation in DSA’s public policy advocacy efforts. DSA also introduced a new membership category for Downtown residents, and will establish a Downtown Residents’ Advisory Council in the coming year to forge closer ties and to better respond to the needs of this important, growing segment of the Downtown community.
Embarked on a strategic plan to build on the community’s unique assets and respond to Downtown’s economic, environmental and social needs. By inviting public dialogue – reflecting a diversity of perspectives – priorities and strategies were identified for Downtown’s future and for evolving DSA to better meet the needs of the community today and tomorrow, together. With input from nearly 500 community stakeholders, the strategic plan was launched at the 2011 DSA Annual Meeting.
Two-Way Member Communications Initiated frequent two-way communication with members to stay even closer and responsive to their individual and collective needs – including monthly President’s Roundtable small group discussions; ongoing one-on-one meetings with DSA member companies; and more than a dozen sector advisory groups convened to identify sector-by-sector issues critical in the development of DSA’s strategic plan.
DSA also launched a Downtown neighborhood blog, Let’s Talk Downtown, to invite conversation about issues important to Downtown and its 58,000 residents, in addition to a growing presence on social networking sites LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, which have collectively garnered more than 7,000 followers. In June, the DSA and MID redesigned and launched their shared website – DowntownSeattle.com – offering visitors a new look, easier navigation and several new features including city council vote tracking, expanded resource library, event and happy hour listings, blog functionality and so much more.
MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS
MEMBERSHIP & COMMUNICATIONS 2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: City Council Report Card and Advocacy Communications Issued widely among members, DSA’s first-ever report card tracking votes of Seattle City Councilmembers based on DSA priorities, including issues ranging from growth and density, to public safety and parks, to transportation, parking and economic competitiveness. DSA also continued to grow its Action Alert Network of members and Downtown residents who were notified with requests to take action when policy issues important to Downtown surfaced. The Network provided an invaluable unified voice by testifying, rallying and writing letters to elected officials this past year on critical issues including Downtown neighborhood zoning, bored tunnel project, on-street parking, transit service and public safety.
DSA Annual Meeting
DSA Q&A Issue Forums
Hosted DSA’s 53rd Annual Meeting at the Washington State Convention Center, attracting more than 500 members, as well as other prominent business and community leaders. The meeting celebrated the accomplishments of the past year, and recognized Charley Royer as the recipient of the DSA Downtown Champion Award for his tireless leadership in support of waterfront redevelopment and South Downtown revitalization. The meeting also included a cocktail reception which served as the launch of the DSA strategic plan.
Hosted a DSA Q&A Issue Forum, serving up tough questions and candid responses at “A Conversation with Police Chief Diaz,” hosted by News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM’s Ursula Reutin.
Information Resource Fulfilled more than 600 requests from members, Downtown business prospects and the news media for information on pedestrian traffic, construction data, employment trends and other valuable information and market analysis.
Membership Growth Grew DSA’s membership base to more than 475 member companies and organizations, despite a still recovering economy. The strong showing is the result of a 96-percent retention rate and the recruitment of 48 new members by the DSA Membership Committee. DSA’s membership represents an important mix of business sectors, including 349 retailers and professional service providers, 65 non-profit organizations, 32 property owners/managers and 26 hotels, as well as Downtown residents.
METROPOLITAN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT The Metropolitan Improvement District (MID), established through a local ordinance in 1999, provides services to maintain Downtown Seattle as an inviting, clean and safe place to live, work, shop and play. The MID serves more than 850 properties and covers a 225-square-block area bordered by King Street to the south, Denny and Lenora Streets to the north, Interstate 5 to the east, and the Waterfront to the west. Founded and operated by the Downtown Seattle Association, the MID focuses on five primary services: cleaning, hospitality/ public safety, destination marketing, transportation, and business development and market research.
2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: Cleaning & Maintenance Program
Hospitality & Safety Program
Provides cleaning services to MID ratepayers, visitors and workers throughout the five MID neighborhoods.
Acts as a street concierge and resource for the Downtown residents, workers and visitors, improving the perception and reality of safety and customer service throughout Downtown.
Collected more than 12,000 35-gallon bags of trash
Removed more than 3,400 55-gallon bags of leaves and recycled them through Cedar Grove Recycling
Provided directions to 196,000 visitors
Provided transit information to 48,000 people, an increase of 40 percent
Cleaned 741 alleys
Power washed 65 sidewalks
Provided 730 security escorts, an increase of 89 percent
Removed 16,467 graffiti tags and stickers from public structures
Assisted 3,974 people in need with connections to housing, employment, medical assistance and case management
Funded two MID Outreach Ambassadors with a specialized focus toward helping youth living on the street, resulting in the referral of 12 young people to accessible resources
Funded off-duty Seattle Police officers and Neighborhood Crime Initiative officers in the amount of $150,000 for special emphasis patrols in the MID, resulting in more than 100 arrests made
Assisted nearly 300 MID Ratepayers with private property graffiti education and referrals
Reported more 4,300 instances of illegal dumping to the City of Seattle
Partnered with Department of Neighborhoods to demolish an outdated newspaper kiosk on Fifth Avenue
Facilitated more than 3,000 hours of community service in partnership with Community Court and Seattle Municipal Court
2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: Destination Marketing Enhances and promotes a positive Downtown Seattle experience. • Coordinated neighborhood marketing committee activities for Denny Triangle, Waterfront, West Edge and Pioneer Square (in collaboration with The Alliance for Pioneer Square) neighborhoods. • Sponsored or assisted in the production of numerous neighborhood marketing events including the Seattle Police Department’s Picnic at the Precinct, Pioneer Square Fire Festival, Waterfront’s Classic Weekend and Maritime Festival Chowder Cook-off. • Engaged neighborhoods in holiday lighting initiatives by lighting trees at Westlake and Pioneer Square parks, as well as along the First Avenue median in Pioneer Square.
Business Development & Market Research • Produced neighborhood guides with walking maps for Pioneer Square and West Edge, and maintained websites for Denny Triangle, Waterfront and West Edge neighborhoods. • Conducted a Holiday Passport promotion to encourage circulations and shopping within the Denny Triangle neighborhood during the important holiday retail season.
METROPOLITAN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
Provides tools and market data for effective business and economic development in Downtown Seattle, and helps encourage expansion of existing Downtown businesses, as well as attract new business to enhance Downtown’s overall economic mix. • Conducted an annual inventory of all street-level businesses in Downtown – totaling 5,466 street-level business and service operations – to track changes in vacancies and the types of businesses located in all Downtown neighborhoods.
• Conducted a multi-county study tracking resident perceptions of Downtown Seattle on topics such as safety and cleanliness. • Produced detailed demographic profiles for all Downtown neighborhoods. • Collected and maintained the most extensive collection of data on Downtown Seattle – including demographic, economic and market data – much of which was included in the 2011 State of Downtown Economic Report.
• Completed two seasonal waves of pedestrian traffic counts at locations throughout Downtown. • Responded to 300 special requests for data and information on Downtown from commercial brokers, retailers, journalists, city officials and partner organizations.
COMMUTE SEATTLE 2010/11 HIGHLIGHTS: Commute Seattle is a commuter service organization working to improve access to and from, and mobility within, Downtown Seattle. Its goal is to reduce the portion of drive-alone commutes into Downtown by six percentage points by 2015. An alliance of the Downtown Seattle Association, King County Metro Transit and the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Commute Seattle provides transportation resources for commuters, as well as consulting services for Downtown businesses, property owners and managers looking to develop commute packages for their employees and tenants.
• Surpassed the goal of reducing drive-alone commutes into Downtown by nine percentage points and four years ahead of schedule according to Commute Seattle’s biennial performancebenchmarking commuter survey, 2010 Center City Commuter Mode Split Study, used to determine how Downtown employees arrive at work. The findings show that for the first time, more people (65 percent) commute to work using a means other than driving alone in a car. Commute Seattle’s uniquely focused outreach to Downtown-based employers is a key contributing factor in shifting drive-alone commuters to other commute options.
• Conducted an audit of the quantity and quality of commuter bicycle amenities in Downtown office buildings. The first of its kind in the nation, the 2010 Center City Bicycle Amenity Inventory found that to further grow cycling as a commute option, more commuter bike parking and amenities are needed in office buildings throughout the city. The study also found where bike parking amenities currently exist (23 percent of buildings), they were of a quality suitable to meet the needs of bike commuters. • Delivered more than 150 transportation consultations to Downtown property owners and employers interested in creating commute alternative-friendly buildings and workplaces. • Hosted 10 tenant-engagement commute seminars to help property owners and their tenants leverage commute alternatives to meet their business, stakeholder and stainability goals. • Sold 1,200 ORCA Passport transit passes to 65 Downtown employers by demonstrating business and employee-benefit value. • Conducted 18 commuter fairs, six public events and several bike/walk commute seminars for building tenants and employees. • Demonstrated Downtown Seattle is a transportation convergence zone, by providing transportation analyses for several companies looking to locate offices in Downtown Seattle.
• Educated 14,500 commuters, employers and property owners about how to reduce their drive-alone trips through Commute Seattle website, monthly newsletters, Facebook posts and more.
DSA 2010/11 LEADERSHIP OFFICERS CHAIR James Hendricks, PhD * President Seattle Childrenâ€™s Research Institute
VICE CHAIR Jack McCullough * General Counsel & Partner McCullough Hill Leary, PS
TREASURER David Douglass * Partner Tatum
SECRETARY Mark Barbieri * Executive Vice President Washington Holdings
GENERAL COUNSEL John Hanley* Partner Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
PRESIDENT Kate Joncas * President Downtown Seattle Association
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Rita Brogan President & CEO PRR, Inc. Colleen Brown President & CEO Fisher Communications, Inc. Derrick Cartwright, PhD Director Seattle Art Museum Anne Fennessy Partner Cocker Fennessy Dan Greenshields President ShareBuilder from ING DIRECT Investing George Griffin President & CEO G3 & Associates, Inc. Ada Healey Vice President & Real Estate Development Vulcan Inc. Weldon Ihrig Consultant Downtown Resident Paul Ishii General Manager Mayflower Park Hotel
Elisabeth James General Manager The Westin Seattle Gerry Johnson Partner Pacifica Law Group LLP Greg Johnson President Wright Runstad & Company
Denny Onslow * Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer Harbor Properties, Inc.
John Slattery, PhD Vice Dean/Research & Graduate Education University of Washington
William Weisfield President Michael J. Goldfarb Enterprises, LLC
John Oppenheimer CEO Columbia Hospitality
Jared Smith Senior Vice President, Northwest Manager Parsons Brinckerhoff
Kathleen Wilcox Attorney at Law Kathleen P. Wilcox & Associates LLC
Natalie Price President & CEO Price Public Relations
William Justen Principal The Justen Company
Charles Royer Partner The Royer Group
Quentin Kuhrau President & CEO Unico Properties LLC
Rita Ryder * YWCA Relations Executive Director YWCA
Jon Magnusson Chairman of the Board & CEO Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc.
Jeff Schoenfeld Principal J-Max
Tomoko Matsuno CEO Uwajimaya, Inc.
Robert Sexton * Senior Vice President Wells Fargo Bank
Richard Stevenson * President & COO Clise Properties, Inc. Beth Takekawa Executive Director Wing Luke Museum Bart Waldman Eexecutive Vice President/ Legal & Governmental Affairs Seattle Mariners Mark Weed Managing Member Main Street Equity Partners
Kathryn Williams Senior Vice President/ Community Relations HomeStreet Bank Jack Wiser Debt Products Executive Bank of America Tay Yoshitani CEO Port of Seattle David Yuan Partner NBBJ
Nate Miles Western Region Director, Government Affairs Eli Lilly and Company Jim Neal * Managing Principal Talon Private Capital Roger Nyhus President & CEO Nyhus Communications LLC
DSA 2010/11 LEADERSHIP OFFICERS Mark Houtchens * President The Vance Corporation
H. Jon Runstad Chairman & CEO Wright Runstad & Company
Yogi Hutsen President Coastal Hotel Group
Judith Runstad Of Counsel Foster Pepper PLLC
William Bain Consulting Design Partner NBBJ
Stephen Koehler President Koehler & Company
Herbert Bridge Chairman Ben Bridge Jeweler, Inc.
Bill Lewis President & CEO Lease Crutcher Lewis Construction Co.
Frederic Weiss President Weiss Jenkins Properties * DSA Executive Committee Member
EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS Lyn Krizanich Property Manager Clise Properties, Inc.
Patrick Callahan CEO Urban Renaissance Group, LLC A. M. Clise Chairman & CEO Clise Properties, Inc. Mike Flynn President Mike Flynn & Associates
Carla Murray Senior Vice President of Operations, Western Region Starwood Hotels & Resorts
PAST BOARD CHAIRS Jane Rakay Nelson 2009/10 Patrick Gordon 2008/09 John Hanley 2007/08 Patrick Callahan 2006/07 Mark Houtchens 2005/06 Carla Murray 2004/05
Jane Rakay Nelson * Attorney at Law Lane Powell P
Mike Flynn 2003/04 Matt Griffin 2002/03 Bill Lewis 2001/02 Yogi Hutsen 2000/01
Patrick Gordon * Principal ZGF Architects LLP
Blake Nordstrom President Nordstrom
Stephen Koehler 1999/00 Blake Nordstrom 1998/99 J. Michael Rona 1997/98
Joshua Green III Chairman Joshua Green Corporation
Richard Redman Chairman Emeritus Sellen Construction Company
Harold Green 1996/97
Matt Griffin * Managing Partner Pine Street Group L.L.C.
J. Michael Rona Principal Rona Consulting Group
Dave Cortelyou 1993/94
A. M. Clise 1995/96 James Faulstitch 1994/95
Gene Brandzel 1992/93 William Bain 1991/92
Richard Redman 1988/89 John McMillan 1987/88 Judith Runstad 1986/87 Richard Clotfelter 1985/86 John Mangels 1984/85 H. Jon Runstad 1983/84 Walt Williams 1982/83 Jay Porter 1981/82 Herbert Bridge 1980/81
STAFF TEAMS EXECUTIVE Kate Joncas, President Debi Lundberg, Executive Assistant
FINANCE & OFFICE OPERATIONS Brenda Evans, Controller Jessica Handshew, Accounting Assistant Emily Eslick, Receptionist
Frederic Weiss 1979/80 Bruce Nordstrom 1978/79 Richard Bangert 1977/78 C. W. Eldridge 1976/77 Donald Covey 1975/76 Bob Patterson 1974/75 Victor Gray 1973/74 Frederick Orth 1972/73 W. J. Pennington 1971/72 James Walsh 1970/71 Lloyd W. Nordstrom 1969/70 Robert Banks 1968/69 James Todd 1967/68 Joe Sjursen 1966/67 Willis Camp 1965/66 Willliam Svensson 1964/65 Winston Brown 1963/64 Ken Coleman 1962/63 H. P. Everest 1961/62 Norton Clapp 1960/61 James Ryan 1959/60
ADVOCACY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Jon Scholes, Vice President/Policy & Economic Development Paul Dobosz, Business Development & Market Reseach Manager Katherine Fountain Mackinnon, Policy & Research Specialist Elliott Krivenko, Research Specialist
METROPOLITAN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT Peggy Dreisinger, Vice President/MID Operations Steven Walls, Cleaning & Maintenance Services Manager Dave Willard, Hospitality & Safety Services Manager Kelli Warner, Human Resources/ Administrative Manager Dalana Collier, Customer Service Specialist
COMMUTE SEATTLE Jamie Cheney, Executive Director Jessica Szelag, Program Manager Allison Binder, Transportation Services Representative Zachary Howard, Bicycle Program Coordinator Mike Rimoin, Transportation Consultant
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Randy Hurlow, APR, Vice President/ Communications & Marketing Caitlin Braam, Public Relations Manager Jennifer Piatt, Resource Development Manager Wyndi Rejniak, Marketing Manager Carolyn Tow, Member Relations Manager Kati Davich, Marketing Specialist Melissa Foster, Web Specialist Jennifer Delker, Marketing Coordinator Misty Malone, Membership Services Coordinator
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Virgil Fassio 1990/91 Joshua Green III 1989/90
DSA DOWNTOWN CHAMPION AWARD PAST RECIPIENTS
Each year, the Downtown Seattle Association presents its Downtown Champion Award to the outstanding, above and beyond efforts of an individual, business or organization that has championed an issue or initiative which furthers a healthy, vibrant urban core.
2011 Recipient: Charles Royer
Vulcan Real Estate & Seattle Parks Foundation
No award presented
Seattle Art Museum & Washington Mutual
Plymouth Housing Group
Pike Place Market PDA
For the first time, the award was presented to an individual for his vision and tireless leadership for numerous civic issues including the redevelopment of Downtown’s waterfront and revitalization of Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District.
Downtown Legacy Champions – One initiative from each of the past five decades was recognized as part of DSA’s 50th anniversary celebration: • Seattle World’s Fair • Housing Resources Group • Downtown Cultural Arts Renaissance • Washington State Convention Center & Freeway Park • Downtown Retail Core Revitalization
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