Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Archive for the 'Business' Category

Oct 18 2009

“Performance First” Launched

Councilmember Harrell and PSRC Launch “Performance First”
Program boosts regional business organizations, minority-owned businesses

SEATTLE – On Oct. 15, Councilmember Bruce Harrell and the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC) Prosperity Partnership launched the “Performance First” program and website. Performance First was developed in response to the Prosperity Partnership’s regional economic strategy, and its focus on supporting small business and entrepreneurship in creating jobs and ensuring long-term economic prosperity. This innovative new program helps large employers in the region – including current participants like Swedish Hospital, Puget Sound Energy and Starbucks – implement best practices that include minority-owned businesses in their procurement and purchasing efforts.

“Our quality of life, as we know it in this region, is at stake,” said Councilmember Harrell, chair of Performance First. “The PSRC and the Prosperity Partnership are committed to protecting it, and this program helps companies boost the bottom line and better connect to their customers by more effectively partnering with minority-owned businesses.” Harrell also emphasizes the importance of companies learning to use changing demographics to their strategic advantage.

Continue Reading »

Comments Off on “Performance First” Launched

Aug 17 2009

Organic Soap Maker Setting Up Shop in Rainier Valley

Great news for the Rainier Valley! Ballard Organics Soap Company is moving from the University District to the Valley and is poised to expand its operations. This will mean new job opportunities for people in Rainier Valley. This move is largely attributable to the work of the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF) and the City’s Office of Economic Development (OED). I once served as legal counsel to the RVCDF and am currently a member of the Housing and Economic Development Committee.

Continue Reading »

Comments Off on Organic Soap Maker Setting Up Shop in Rainier Valley

Aug 02 2009

SE Seattle: Othello Safeway Slated for Facelift

Published by under Business News

Good news for the Rainier Valley! On July 17th, I participated in a press conference where Safeway announced its Othello location will be the recipient of a $3 million upgrade. The announcement of Safeway’s plans, coupled with Link Light Rail and a 420,000 square foot mixed use development kitty-corner from Safeway (which is currently vacant and unused) are positive signs that the area is being revitalized, diverse and creating jobs.

Continue Reading »

Comments Off on SE Seattle: Othello Safeway Slated for Facelift