James Henderson, Economic Development Director & Jesse Canedo, Economic Development Manager, City of Bellevue, “City of Bellevue Economic Development Overview & Update”
James Henderson joined the City of Bellevue as the Economic Development Director in January of 2015. He oversees and coordinates economic development programs focused on business attraction, business retention and expansion, and technology startups.
Previously, James served as the Assistant Director for Economic Development at the City of San Antonio, where he managed development programs focused on business attraction, business retention and expansion, and international trade and investment.
Jesse R. Canedo is a technology advocate and global citizen. He believes in the ability for an internet-enabled, connected society to make science fiction’s boldest ideas a reality. His current role as Bellevue’s Economic Development Manager allows him to support the innovative spirit and technology-focused business community on the Eastside in bringing those ideas to life.
His support helps existing Bellevue companies to expand, retool, or enter new markets and also attracts new companies into the region.
WEEKLY BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS
BRC Thirsty Thursday, July 28, Red Lion Hotel Lounge
Thirsty Thursday is a great way to introduce new and prospective Rotarians to our club and members. Also counts as a meeting make-up!
CURRENT BELLEVUE ROTARY PROJECTS
Bellevue ARTSfair Ice Cream Sales
In July, Bellevue Rotarians put on their aprons, as they have done every July for more than three decades, to engage in ice cream sales during the annual Bellevue Arts Museum’s ARTSfair, a treasured community celebration. Rotarians, Rotaractors, and family members staff the ice cream booth in 3-hour shifts for the duration of the fair.> Click here to sign up for a sales shift.
Inspiration Playground News
Inspiration Playground Naming Opportunities
Be a part of the Inspiration Playground … forever!
Add your name to the whimsical design elements of the Inspiration Playground fence. You can also honor family or friends, commemorate an occasion, or share an inspiring quote.
Click here to view our gallery of choices, and consider making a donation that will make your gift a legacy that will live on at the Inspiration Playground.
Rotary raises $3.3 million for; breaks ground at Inspiration Playground
by RYAN MURRAY, Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer
Jun 21, 2016 at 5:41PM
Since 2011, the Bellevue Rotary Club has been raising money, making connections and generally doing whatever it could to make the Inspiration Playground a reality. On Tuesday, June 21, ground broke on the all-inclusive park with a check from Rotary for $3,351,861 to get the project well on the way to completion.
BRC Inspiration Project Receives $1.5 Million from State!
The Bellevue Rotary Inspiration Playground & Sensory Gardens project received a $1M Capital Grant from the Washington State Legislature AND a $500,000 Parks and Recreation Grant from the State. This puts us close to $4M in funds raised toward this $5M-5.5M project and will allow us to prepare for groundbreaking in the spring of 2016.
We owe a huge “vote” of thanks to Senators Litzow and Habib and Representatives Senn, Clibborn, Hunter, and McBride! Special thanks also to Dan McDonald, Erin Dziedzic, and our entire BRC Inspiration Park Committee.
We’re in the home-stretch now. Let’s turn this “dream” into a ‘”reality” for children with and without disabilities in our region!