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Agenda: Here’s what’s happening at Mayor Murray’s Neighborhood Summit this Saturday

The final agenda for this Saturday’s Neighborhood Summit is now available! The event will be held at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall which is located at Mercer Street and 3rd Avenue N., next to McCaw Hall. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Child care and light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about the event or RSVP for free today!

Seattle Neighborhood Summit Agenda

9:00 am – 9:30 am

  • Doors Open
  • Sign in and Resource Fair
  • Meet Your Elected Officials: Mayor Murray and his team are available to speak informally with Summit participants.  The Mayor will address the attendees formally at 9:30 a.m.
  • Roundtable with City Departments: Connecting participants to City departments’ services and programs. Staff will share their inside view of how to work with departments. Over 20 departments will be present, and several will provide direct services in real time such as signing up for a library card, registering for a pet license, reporting a pothole, signing up for utility discount programs, and more.

9:30 am – 9:35 am

Welcome and opening remarks by Mayor Ed Murray

9:40 am

Session 1 (Theater)
How We Engage: Seattle Civic Health Index Report
Moderator Diane Douglas, Executive Director of CityClub

Highly attached residents are more likely to actively contribute to a community’s growth. This presentation touches upon, trust, technology, and enfranchising communities. What does Seattle do well and where we can improve? A Q&A will follow.

10:15 am- 10:45 am

Session 2 (Theater)
How We Organize: Resolution #27709
Moderator Jim Street, Former Seattle City Councilmember

In 1987, the city passed Resolution 27709 creating what we now know as the City Neighborhood Council and the District Council system. The District Council system is 27 years old. Learn the intent behind the resolution. A Q&A will follow.

10:50 am- 11:20 am

Session 3
Peer Networking
Moderators: Community Members

Connect with your neighbors. We are fortunate enough to be joined by some innovative Seattle residents who are doing amazing work, many of whom were noted by you in an online survey as valuable community resources. We couldn’t agree more. Listen to their stories and learn from their experience.

Resources for networking:

  • Cindi Barker: Community emergency communications hub.
  • Lee Harper: Engaging the community, connecting with neighbors over a project or an idea.
  • Melissa Jonas: Facebook: not just for puppy pictures. Using social media to connect communities.
  • Jonah Spangenthal-Lee: His outreach campaigns have received national and international media coverage. Learn how and why.
  • Austin Miller: How to submit a meeting request to the Mayor’s Office.
  • Lisa Rutzick: Walk through Design Review.
  • Cari Simson: How to improve neighborhood liveability and water quality through rain gardens.
  • Jessica Vets: How to build a thriving neighborhood business district, and the connection between residents, employees and business owners.

11:25 am- 11:55 am

Session 4
The Search for a New Transportation Director
Facilitator Susan Coskey, Director of Personnel at the City of Seattle

The City of Seattle is conducting a national search to find an experienced, well-respected, and accountable executive to effectively lead the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) The Mayor is committed to a transparent process, and is engaging the people of Seattle in a conversation about the qualities they would like to see in an SDOT Director which is why we are devoting a portion of the Seattle Neighborhood Summit to this very topic. A Q&A will follow.

12:00 pm- 12:20 pm

Session 5
How We Communicate
Presenter Travis Kriplean

Travis will do a demonstration of Consider.It, a social technology that lets hundreds of people deliberate an issue together online. A Q&A will follow.

12:20 pm – 12:30 pm

Closing Remarks

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Peer Networking

9:00 am – 12:30 pm Ongoing Activities

  • Roundtable with City Department: City services are delivered by city departments. Knowing which department does what is a critical first step to having an impact on service delivery to your neighborhood. This workshop will bring staff from city departments to share their inside view of how to get results.
  • Curbside Consulting: Staffed tables available for one on one tutorials, including how to navigate the City’s website. Have questions? Get answers!
  • Exhibits include:
    • Information on the Comprehensive Plan
    • Parks and Recreation’s Imagination Play Station
    • Block image printmaking of your neighborhood with the guidance of a teaching artist
    • Seattle Fire Department’s engine and ladder trucks
    • Photo booth.