September 2016 Newsletter

Chamber News

Proposed Legislation on Homeless Encampment Sweeps

Last week, the City Council introduced legislation that would dramatically change how the City manages encampments on public property. After evaluating this legislation, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce has joined a coalition of business and neighborhood organizations to call upon the city to pass real reform to address the homelessness crisis in our city, rather than band-aid solutions that could pose significant negative impacts to small businesses, residents, employees, public space advocates and visitors to our city. 

Take a moment to read this guest column written by public space, neighborhood and business leaders in response to this legislation.

We want to be a part of an effective and compassionate solution, to support and participate in efforts to alleviate the very real issues around homelessness, and we will continue to share our concerns with the City Council.

Please take a few moments to consider the impacts that this proposed legislation will have to your business or property, and voice your concerns by phone or email to  City Councilmembers.  

Nighttime Outreach Planned for mid-September

The Capitol Hill MID Outreach Team partners with the community to address the reality that is homelessness and serves the community at large by responding to concerns and requests for assistance.  Since January, outreach workers have built strong working relationships with the East Precinct Police Department, community members, and business owners in Capitol Hill.

The team is coordinating with SPD to conduct nighttime outreach this month. 
If you have noticed any nighttime camping, individuals in distress or illicit behavior, please contact the the Capitol Hill MID team  (206) 441-3300 or

Promotional Opportunity-Capitol Hill Station Celebration

Has it already been 6 months??  The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is working with the Mass Transit Now Coalition to host a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 11 am to celebrate the 6 month anniversary of the grand opening of the Capitol Hill light rail station.  
Join the Celebration and Promote Your Business! We're encouraging Capitol Hill businesses located in the vicinity of the Capitol Hill light rail station to participate in the celebration by offering a discount or special of your choice on that day only. Your discount or special will be promoted with a specially designed discount card, in press materials, and at the press conference.  

C ontact  by Thursday, Sept. 15  to participate. 

Photo Courtesy of Sound Transit

Chamber Events

Broadway BIA Annual Ratepayers Meeting

September 20th 5-7PM
1st Security Bank
614 Broadway E

Broadway BIA Rate payers, please join us in September at 1st Security Bank's Capitol Hill Branch for the Annual BBIA Rate Payer meeting!
Review the year on Broadway and mingle with your neighbors.  Libations and sustenance will be provided by the wildly popular and hospitable  Witness Bar!  

We'll also discuss plans for Broadway Avenue holiday decorations this winter. 
Huge thanks to the gang at  1st Security Bank for hosting us this year!  
BBIA Rate Payers please RSVP to

GSBA Candidate Forum

September 21st, 2016 
5PM - 7:30PM
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E

Our annual Candidate Forum is back! We are proud to feature some of our region's most exciting races as the only forum organized by the  LGBT community.

Featured candidates include:
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Erin Jones & Chris Reykdal 
State Rep., 43rd District: Nicole Macri & Dan Shih
7th Congressional District: Brady Walkinshaw
Secretary of State: Tina Podlodowski

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a community partner. 

Hilloween is October 29th!
Sponsorship Opportunities Are Still Available

The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce's 7th annual Hilloween event is a one-day community celebration on Broadway in the Pike-Pine corridor that welcomes thousands of attendees.  The indoor kid's carnival returns this year with fresh creative energies and talent for an afternoon of fun age-appropriate activities, Halloween- themed games, live performances, and fabulous tricks and treats!  The carnival concludes with a costume parade led by a marching band and trick-or-treating with participating merchants along Broadway, Pike and Pine.   
Be a part of the fun by sponsoring the biggest family-friendly event on Capitol Hill!   Sponsorship levels begin at $500 and are a great way to market to Seattle's young families and show your support of the Capitol Hill community.   Merchants along Broadway, Pike, and Pine are encouraged to participate in this year's Trick-or-Treat.   Email for more info.



New This Year!
Capitol Hill Zombie Crawl

Something new for the "big kids" this year - the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 1st annual Hilloween Zombie Crawl event, a zomb-i-fied pub crawl of Capitol Hill bars and restaurants, in the evening following the family- friendly Hilloween carnival!  Zombies and zombie hunters will gather at dusk to collect their maps before dispersing to the streets for the creepy crawl.  Participants (age 21+) will enjoy drink and food specials at participating venues.
Be a part of the fun by participating in the 1st Annual Hilloween Zombie Crawl on Capitol Hill!  Get your bar or restaurant on the map with a  $200 sponsorship.

Email for more information.

Member News and Events

Upcoming Events from our Members

Get your event listed here! Members sign-in to the Chamber website and Add an Event. It will show on our homepage in the Upcoming Events scroll and get placed  in our monthly newsletter.

Sept. 16,17:  Green the Streets Park (ing) Day, Living Future
Sept. 21: GSBA Candidate Forum , Greater Seattle Business Association
Sept. 22:    SCC 50th Anniversary Community Celebration, Seattle Central College
Sept. 24: Capitol Hill Renters Summit, Capitol Hill EcoDistrict
Sept. 27:   Firing Up Your Craft and Wine Sales, Seattle Central College

Seattle Central College 50th Anniversary Celebration

Community-focused event on Sept. 22 to honor the college's history of activism.  
For 50 years, Seattle Central College has played a pivotal role in shaping Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the city at large. Since its founding in 1966, Seattle Central students, faculty and staff have been vocal advocates for social change, both on campus and in broader movements. The campus has also served as a gathering place for community demonstrations throughout the years.

To recognize this important and unique history of social activism, the college is holding a special celebration on  September 22nd at 10:20AM.   The event will follow the annual President's Day event for faculty and staff. This community celebration will feature:
  • A march on campus starting at Broadway & Pine
  • Stations highlighting the college's connection to social movements by decade
  • A reopening of Seattle Central College for the next 50 years
  • An opportunity to tell your Seattle Central story through interactive activities
This is part of a series of celebratory events that Seattle Central has organized to  commemorate its 50th anniversary, to be held  throughout the 2016-17 academic year.

Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Renters Summit
September 24, 2016 
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E

Are you a renter on Capitol Hill? Is your rent going up? Are you worried that your community is getting priced out? Want to do something about it? 

Then join us at the first ever Capitol Hill Renter Summit! We're bringing together 100 renters from 100 different buildings across Capitol Hill to start working on a plan to represent renters in our neighborhood and at City Hall. 

The event will feature food, performances, and conversations about how we as renters can use our collective voice to shape the future of our neighborhood. It's all free, and childcare will be provided. Here's a detailed overview of what to expect: 

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