Around the Table: Alaska Airlines/NHL Seattle, Windermere, Starbucks, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente

We are excited to share some recent news and information from our members to kick off 2020!

Alaska Airlines partners with NHL Seattle

Excitement continues to build for the NHL’s entry into the Seattle market. Alaska Airlines announced a new partnership with NHL Seattle, serving as the official airline and founding partner of the hockey team. As part of the partnership, Seattle Center’s atrium will be named “The Alaska Airlines Atrium.” The space, located at the main entrance on the south side of the arena, will offer a unique and memorable Alaska-immersive experience for everyone attending events at the facility – from sports to music and more. NHL Seattle’s inaugural season begins in 2021. You can read more about the Alaska Airlines/NHL Seattle partnership here.

Windermere agents and staff raise $3 million to support low-income and homeless families

In 2019 Windermere agents, offices, and staff raised nearly $3 million for the Windermere Foundation, surpassing $40 million total raised since 1989. These dollars stay local, supporting low-income and homeless families in the communities where Windermere does business. Learn more about the work of the Windermere Foundation here.

Starbucks expands commitment in underserved communities across the U.S.

Five years following the launch of its Community Store Program initiative, Starbucks has announced it will increase its commitment to open 100 Community Stores dedicated to providing economic opportunity in underserved rural and urban communities across the country, an 85 store increase from its 2015 commitment. These stores will focus on hiring locally, creating dedicated space for communities to come together for events and working with diverse contractors for store construction and remodels. The company aspires to complete this goal by 2025. Learn more here.

Microsoft increases commitment to affordable housing

Microsoft announced a $250 million increase to its affordable housing initiative in the form of a line of credit to the Washington State Finance Commission, bringing Microsoft’s total commitment to $750 million. The company also announced $55 million in investments and grants towards its original $500 million commitment. This brings Microsoft’s total to $380 million allocated over the past year to support the preservation or creation of over 6,500 affordable housing units in the greater Seattle area. Learn more here.

PSBJ: Kaiser Permanente unveils details of $1 billion investment in Puget Sound region

During a recent Puget Sound Business Journal Outlook event, Kaiser Permanente’s Washington president, Susan Mullaney, announced details of three projects that are part of the health system’s $1 billion investment in the Puget Sound region.  Kaiser Permanente will develop “specialty hub” facilities that feature specialists, a surgery center, on-site lab testing, state-of-the-art technology, pharmacy, and urgent, primary and behavioral health care services. “Washington state is at the forefront of really wanting to transform health and health care,” Mullaney told the Business Journal. “These specialty hubs fit right into that.”  Read the full Puget Sound Business story here.

Around the Table: Rowley Properties, Puget Sound Energy, Boeing

Happy to share recent news from some of our member companies!

Rowley Properties, Inc. receives 2019 Family Business Award

Congratulations to Skip Rowley and Rowley Properties, Inc. on receiving a “2019 Family Business Award” fromSeattle Business Magazine. As noted in the magazine’s December issue, “Rowley Properties Inc. is a family-run property management and development firm that defines its mission as helping ‘businesses succeed, families belong and communities prosper.”’ The article goes on to say that, “Also, as a family business, Rowley Properties believes strongly in supporting the community of Issaquah, where it is based.” Read more.

Puget Sound Energy moves closer to coal-free electricity years ahead of schedule

Puget Sound Energy is one step closer to having a coal-free generation mix with the sale of its share of Colstrip Unit 4 to NorthWestern Energy. This deal will allow PSE to move further and faster to supply clean energy for its customers by eliminating nearly 50 percent of coal from its portfolio years ahead of schedule. Under Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, all electric utilities must eliminate coal-fired electricity from their portfolios by 2025. “This is what our customers have been asking for, and we have been on a path to for years,” said David Mills, PSE senior vice president of Policy & Energy Supply. “We’re excited to take this major step forward in creating a better energy future for our customers and the state of Washington.” Read more.

Boeing and NASA approach milestone orbital flight test

When Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test (OFT) launches on Dec. 20, 2019, it will be a major step toward returning human spaceflight capability to the U.S. The uncrewed mission for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will rendezvous and dock Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft with the International Space Station and return to Earth on Dec. 28. Starliner will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. “This test flight will give us valuable data about Starliner’s performance in the actual environment through each phase of flight and demonstrate its capability to transport crew to the space station and bring them home safely,” said Trip Healey, NASA’s mission manager for OFT. “Being on the cusp of this huge moment in history is really exciting.” Read more.

Welcome New Members!

We are excited to announce the addition of six members to the Washington Roundtable board. Collectively they bring decades of experience across multiple industries that are fundamental to Washington’s economy. We look forward to their engagement! A warm welcome to:

  • Sue Anderson, Vice President of Operations, Washington, Century Link
  • Stan A. Deal, Executive Vice President, The Boeing Company, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
  • Mary E. Kipp, President, Puget Sound Energy
  • Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Senior Vice President, Washington Region, Comcast
  • Erik Nordstrom, Co-President, Nordstrom Inc.
  • Dennis Vermillion, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avista Corporation

We are also excited to announce leadership changes for 2020.  Brian Stading, COO of Northwest Fiber LLC, has will lead our organization as chair.  Craig Dawson, president and CEO of Retail Lockbox, will serve as vice-chair.  Betsy Cadwallader, market president for U.S. Bank, will serve as secretary/treasurer.  Check our our full board roster here!

Around the Table: PEMCO & Virginia Mason

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight member news and share information on industry trends. Excited to share great stories from Washington employers!

PEMCO and American Red Cross Teach Emergency Preparedness Curriculum in Local Schools

PEMCO Mutual Insurance and the American Red Cross are once again partnering to bring safety and emergency preparedness training to hundreds of elementary school students in Seattle and Spokane through PEMCO’s “Safety Surge” initiative. The organizations will teach the Red Cross Pillowcase Project curriculum to more than 550 students, grades 3-5, in select public schools throughout November and will help youth mentally and physically prepare for emergencies, including home fires, winter storms and earthquakes. “In an emergency, everyone’s actions can have an impact, which is why we’ve repeatedly partnered with the Red Cross to be a force for good for youth in our communities,” said PEMCO CEO Stan McNaughton. Read more here.

Virginia Mason Nationally Recognized for Patient Safety

Virginia Mason received another ‘A’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade Program, remaining one of the few hospitals in the nation to have earned an ‘A’ in every grading cycle since the program began in 2012. “Safety is the foundation for quality,” said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. “This recognition by Leapfrog affirms that our team is focused on the right work and making a significant difference in the lives of our patients.” Virginia Mason is one of just 36 hospitals in the United States – and the only hospital in Washington state – to have earned straight A’s from The Leapfrog Group, an independent organization advocating for improvements in health care safety and quality. Learn more here.