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Around the Table: Comcast, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, Seattle Kraken, & more

Supporting small businesses owned by people of color

Comcast joins regional chambers of commerce across the Central Puget Sound this week to announce Comcast Rise, a new program designed to support small businesses owed by people of color. Comcast Rise was created to invest in the success of these critical businesses by providing valuable and practical support through services such as consulting, media, creative production, and technology as well as monetary grants. Learn more about the program here.

Impacting the state economy

Amazon’s recent economic report shows that the company invested $129 billion into Washington state’s economy from 2010 to 2020. Amazon has added $112 billion to Washington’s GDP. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Recognized for leadership

Phyllis Campbell, Pacific Northwest Chairman at JP Morgan Chase, was named Nonprofit Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors for her leadership at the Air Transport Services Group Inc., the Allen Institute, the Washington Roundtable, and the US-Japan Council.

Advancing racial equity goals

Alaska Airlines has become the first airline to join the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Partnership Challenge, an effort to promote engagement and support between private companies and HBCUs. Learn more here.

Encouraging COVID vaccination

Seattle Kraken recently released a video with players encouraging fans to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities.

Participating in a research collaboration

The National Science Foundation is awarding a $25 million grant for a new, University of Washington-led research collaboration that will focus on new semiconductor materials and scalable manufacturing processes for optoelectronic devices. These devices are important for information technology, clean energy, sensing, and security. Partners include Amazon, Microsoft, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and more.

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