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Meet Our New Board Members: Amazon, Fred Hutch, Pugh Capital

October 6th, 2020

We are pleased to welcome three new members to the Washington Roundtable board: Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr., President & Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute; Mary E. Pugh, CEO & Chief Investment Officer at Pugh Capital; and David Zapolsky, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Amazon. The three executives bring decades of collective experience and represent industries that are… Read more

Around the Table: PNNL, Seattle Kraken, Retail Lockbox, Seahawks, Microsoft, PSE, Virginia Mason, & more

September 15th, 2020

Adapting to COVID-19 After Pacific Northwest National Laboratory summer internships went virtual because of COVID-19, interns continued to do research about biofuels, a radiation detector, and more. Learn how PNNL adapted to new circumstances from this column by director Steven Ashby. The Space Needle has reopened to visitors with limited capacity after investing $1 million in coronavirus-related safety upgrades. Staff installed ultraviolet lights… Read more

Around the Table: Space Needle, McKinstry, Seattle Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Boeing, Starbucks

August 24th, 2020

Space Needle reopens to visitors after safety upgrades After investing $1 million in coronavirus-related safety upgrades, the iconic Space Needle has reopened to visitors with limited capacity. Staff installed ultraviolet lights to kill airborne viruses, eliminated the use of cash, and other safety measures. Masks are provided and required. Read more here. McKinstry’s “Return with Confidence” service featured in the Puget Sound Business… Read more

Business Coalition Launches “Stay Safe, Stay Open” Campaign

July 16th, 2020

“Stay Safe, Stay Open” is a new public service campaign funded by a coalition of Washington state business and industry associations, including the Washington Roundtable, that urges the public to wear masks in public places to save lives, protect jobs, and keep our economy moving forward. The new website and video focus on how businesses are preparing for reopening by investing in protective… Read more


Washington Roundtable @waroundtable1 day agoLegislators should prioritize improving the transportation infrastructure of our state, including the U.S Highway 12 expansion, to help boost WA's growing economy, according to the @ubnews editorial board. Learn more:
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable1 day agoThank you to @amazon and @VirginiaMason for partnering to open a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Sunday in Seattle. The goal of the event is to vaccinate 2,000 eligible people on Virginia Mason's waitlist. Learn more:
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 days agoRT @StarbucksNews: Earlier this week, Starbucks joined @GovInslee, the WA Dept. Of Health and others to bring expertise to accelerate COVID…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable2 days agoThe Roundtable urges WA’s 2021 Legislature to support policies that promote economic development & job growth. Check out the full list of our priorities in our 2021 Policy Agenda: #WAleg #WAedu
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable3 days agoFind out how WA businesses are creating or preserving affordable housing and advancing racial equity in our new blog: #WAbiz @amazonnews @StarbucksNews