The State of the Hill is Healthy, Evolving and STRONG
Missed the State of the Hill? We've got Michael's address along with the presentation of the Spirit Award to Catherine Hillenbrand here. Special thanks to David Albright for videotaping the entire event. We'll have a recap video soon.
Michael's closing remarks on the State of the Hill in 2014:
Capitol Hill is the greatest, most adventurous, most challenging, most infuriating, most beautiful neighborhood in the City of Seattle. I’m willing to meet anyone outside who thinks otherwise. We’ll not fool ourselves that we don’t have major challenges ahead of us. There is much change ahead of us and it is happening quickly. We have difficult, complex questions to solve in this neighborhood around density, transit, and housing, the arts, livability, safety and maintaining diversity and character. So, yes, we have challenges, and there is hard work ahead, as ever. Capitol Hill is evolving, growing, changing. And change is intimidating, daunting and can be frightening. We need the courage and the insight to have hard discussions.
But let us not forget that major victories are a part of our history and part of our birthright as a community. Capitol Hill is at the center of a national conversation about what it means to be an urban neighborhood. We are at the heart of the storm, so to speak.
But we are also Healthy, Evolving and STRONG. And that is the State of the Hill.
...not your daddy's chamber
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce works daily to increase and maintain the vitality of our neighborhood by supporting commerce and creating platforms for important discussions about better transportation, development, housing and community spaces – all the while maintaining the unique character that is Capitol Hill. This makes the work of our Chamber broader than many traditional Chambers of Commerce and it’s why we’re not your daddy’s chamber.
February 7, 2014 at 03:16pm
The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (CHCC) is pleased to announce that Catherine Hillenbrand is the 2014 Spirit Award recipient. Every year the Chamber presents the Spirit award at their annual State of the Hill social event to a Capitol Hill community member who has done outstanding work to benefit the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Through her leadership, the Champions was created and has brought together the Chamber, the Community Council and myriad other Capitol Hill voices and has earned the community a seat at the table in all future decision making about transit and development on Capitol Hill. Done entirely in volunteer hours, Catherine’s work has brought the community voice to a public project that will define this neighborhood for a century to come. Catherine is a former owner of the Comet, a former publisher of Real Comet Press, a former member of the Seattle Arts Commission, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors at Capitol Hill Housing.
According to Michael Wells, Executive Director of CHCC, “Catherine Hillenbrand represents all that the CHCC Spirit Award was meant to honor. Diligent, forceful, invested as a community member and with enough embedded Capitol Hill history under her belt to make her honorary Mayor of the neighborhood (though we can only humbly offer her our highest Community Award Honor), Cathy's work represents the best and the brightest in neighborhood community service. The work she has done in stewarding the development process of the soon to be Capitol Hill light rail station is nothing short of heroic."
The award will be presented at the Chamber’s annual State of the Hill on February 20, 2014, a social event where the annual report of the Chamber work is given to members along with the Chamber’s plans for 2014. Doors open at 5:00PM at Fred Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave E) and the Chamber presentation will begin at 6:30PM, with performers from the Moisture Festival providing entertainment at 6:00PM. Food will be provided. Cash bar. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.
Thanks to Our Community Leader Members for Investing in Capitol Hill: