September 17, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 17, 2013
Meet mayoral and school board candidates tonight at a candidate forum at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands.
The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and the Issaquah Highlands Council have partnered to organize the communitywide forum to provide businesses and residents with an opportunity to hear directly from candidates about the topics of creating a strong economy, education/workforce development and community success.
The forum will feature the candidates from the local races who have declared competitors, including mayoral candidates Fred Butler and Joe Forkner, and school board candidates Lisa Callan and Alison Meryweather.
The event format is organized by the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee and will be moderated by Erin McCallum, of Strategic Campaign Group.
The forum is from 4-6 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The public is invited, but RSVP is mandatory to ensure sufficient seating. Make your reservation here.
August 13, 2013
Microsoft will vacate at least one Sammamish Park Place building.
The software giant let its lease expire recently on one of the three buildings it inhabits in the campus.
It was unclear what effect the departure would have on the local economy. City officials said they could not disclose how many employees worked within the property.
“Our employment numbers we get from the Department of Revenue,” Economic Development Manager Andrea Lehner wrote in an email. “In order to get this information from them, we must sign an agreement requiring nondisclosure of, among many things, employee numbers.”
She said the city expects some change to financial numbers, but highlighted what she viewed as positive signs within Issaquah’s economy.