Edmonds Chamber of Commerce News
Port Withdraws Harbor Square Application
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 20:16

On April 8, the Port Commission authorized the Executive Director to send a letter to the City of Edmonds withdrawing the Port’s application for a modification to the City’s comprehensive plan concerning redevelopment of Harbor Square. Below is the letter:


Re: Port of Edmonds Application for Comprehensive Plan

City of Edmonds File No. AMD20110009


Dear Rob and Kernen:


This letter is to formally notify the City of Edmonds, through its Planning Department, that the Port of Edmonds is withdrawing its Land Use Application for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and/or Sub Area Plan Amendment to have the City adopt the Port’s Harbor Square Master Plan as a City Comprehensive Plan Amendment or Sub Area Plan.


This formal withdrawal of the Port of Edmonds Land Use Application is necessitated by the City Council’s inability to substantively review the Planning Board’s recommended decision approving, with conditions, the adoption of the Harbor Square Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Council’s failure to consider the City Staff’s recommendation that the Council similarly adopt that Planning Board recommendation. Nonetheless, the Port of Edmonds understands that it is the City Council’s ultimate prerogative to accept the Planning Board’s and the City Staff’s recommendations and with the Council’s reticence to do so, the Port is left with its only realistic recourse, which is to withdraw its Application and terminate the processing of that Application.


The Port of Edmonds would like to sincerely thank the Planning Department Staff for its significant time and energy expended in focusing on the substantive issues related to the Harbor Square Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application. The Port of Edmonds also sincerely appreciates the thoughtful evaluation and deliberation that the Planning Board undertook in reaching its decision on the Port’s Application.


Please confirm that the Port of Edmonds Harbor Square Master Plan Comprehensive Plan Amendment Application and related proceedings pending before the City of Edmonds are terminated as a result of this withdrawal of the Port of Edmonds’ Application.


Again, thank you for your courtesies and cooperation extended through these proceedings.


Very truly yours,

Robert McChesney

Executive Director


Cc: Port Commissioners

Mayor Dave Earling

City Council Members

Planning Board Members

Promotional “City Magnet” company not endorsed by Chamber
Sunday, 31 March 2013 15:35

Chamber Members:

The Edmonds Chamber will always let you know when we are offering or endorsing any type of advertising, for example, when ads were sold for our Preferred Directory at the end of last year. We want to provide you a heads up that there is an organization selling city magnets currently. The Edmonds Chamber has NOT endorsed this endeavor. If you ever have any question as to whether a particular promotional product or service has been “endorsed” by our the chamber, please give us a call at 425.670.1496.

Carol Sanford’s “Story of Place” takes root
Sunday, 31 March 2013 15:30

By Janette Turner, MY EDMONDS NEWS


“I’ve seen worse conflicts by far than in Edmonds and I’ve seen them shift” — that was the message of Carol Sanford, speaker on “Story of Place” tonight at Edmonds City Hall Brackett’s Landing.


Chamber of Commerce board member Bob Rinehart with speaker Carol Sanford.
Chamber of Commerce board member
Bob Rinehart with speaker Carol Sanford.

Sanford said the root of getting factions to work together is finding the story for why folks all live in a place, and when that story is applied to every layer of business and government in the community, then the entire area is lifted. One example she gave was actor Robert Redford’s plan to build a large hotel in Sundance, Utah, but when the geological “story” of the area was unearthed, including a watershed and newly-recognized earthquake fault line, Redford realized the area needed the watershed and not a hotel.


Settling conflicts by seeking out a place’s story, according to Sanford, requires  interviews with legacy business leaders, keepers of the artistic spirit, regenerative governors, and citizen activators. And if we don’t seek out the “story of place” for Edmonds? Then the focus will be on what people want, which leads to conflict and a race toward the least common denominator. Clearly, that’s not a satisfying result for Sanford, a business educator, micro-economist, and new Edmonds resident. Now it’s up to the rest of the Edmonds residents and stake-holders to decide whether to seek out our town’s story of place.


More information on Sanford and her expertise can be found on her website.

Congratulations to Edmonds Chamber Arts Awards Recipients!
Monday, 25 March 2013 12:42

Credit: Teresa Wippel of myedmondsnews.com and photographer, Larry Vogel


Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Arts Awards winners

Edmonds Cultural Services Manager Frances Chapin with Jeff Stilwell and Manya Vee from MaJe Gallery, winner of Business Leadership Award. (Chamber Arts Committee members Jack Loos and Gretchen Johnston are in the background.)


Receiving the Collaboration Award, from left: Russ Whealy from Europe Through the Back Door; Roberta McBride, Executive Director and Laura Heard, Board President, Cascade Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Hegg, KCTS-TV and Joe McIalwain, Edmonds Center for the Arts Executive Director


Individual Leadership Award winner was Mike Popke from Lynnwood Honda.


Barbara Kindness received the Individual Volunteer Award.


Congratulations to winners of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Arts Awards, who were recognized Thursday night for their  exemplary service in sustaining and creating arts programs in Edmonds. (All photos by Larry Vogel.)


Business Leadership Award: Manya Vee Selects (now MaJe Gallery) for the Art Walk and Mural Society.


Creative Collaboration Award: Rick Steves/Europe Through the Back Door, KCTS, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Edmonds Center for the Arts for “Europe: A Symphonic Journey.”


Individual Leadership Award: Mike Popke of Lynnwood Honda for encouraging partnerships between business and the arts.


Individual Volunteer Award: Barbara Kindness for supporting and sustaining arts and culture.

New Cancer Center to Open April 1 at Swedish/Edmonds
Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:29

Ed Boyle, Swedish, 206-386-2748, ed.boyle@swedish.org
Steve Kaiser, Swedish/Edmonds, 425-640-4035, steve.kaiser@swedish.org

17,102-square-foot outpatient facility to provide medical oncology, infusion services close to home

EDMONDS, WASH., March 21, 2013 – Swedish Health Services will open a new outpatient cancer center at the Edmonds campus on Monday, April 1, 2013 in response to the growing need for medical oncology and infusion (chemotherapy) services in the south Snohomish and north King County area. The new two-story, 17,102-square-foot facility is anticipated to care for as many as 175 patients each day and provide increased access to cancer-care services for people living north of Seattle.

“The number of people turning to Swedish/Edmonds for their cancer treatment has grown over the last decade,” said Richard McGee, M.D., one of five Swedish Cancer Institute medical oncologists who will practice at the new center. “This new facility will allow us to offer enhanced care to a growing population.”

The center, which is located at 21632 Highway 99 in Edmonds, will provide high-quality and comprehensive medical oncology services to patients through an infusion unit, laboratory, pharmacy, and access to Swedish’s electronic medical record system. As a hospital-based department, patients will also have access to social work, support groups, American Cancer Society navigation and resources, financial counseling, cancer-specific patient education classes, and an education/resource wall.

The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) has a longstanding history of bringing high-quality treatments, services and expertise closer to home for people affected by cancer. The new center at Swedish/Edmonds is the newest addition to the Institute’s comprehensive network of community-based cancer centers located throughout the Puget Sound area. Other SCI sites include downtown Seattle (First Hill and Cherry Hill), Ballard, Bellevue, Issaquah and Burien.

“Providing excellent care starts with improving access,” said Thomas D. Brown, M.D., MBA, executive director of Swedish Cancer Institute. “New centers such as this one at Swedish/Edmonds will help ensure patients in our communities have continued convenient access to the highest quality cancer care available.”

As a nonprofit health-care provider, Swedish has welcomed support from the community to help fund a portion of the $10.9 million center. Many generous community and business leaders have united to expand cancer services at Swedish/Edmonds, raising $220,000 for the project. Philanthropy will continue to play a key role in helping ensure local patients facing a cancer diagnosis have access to the highest quality of care, the best technologies, and a broad spectrum of support services.

The new cancer center at Swedish/Edmonds will open for community tours Wednesday, April 17 from 4-7 p.m.

Design-build firm, RAD Technology Medical Systems – a specialty modular health-care contractor – collaborated with design architects Perkins + Will to develop the modular building comprised of 29 factory-built units, which were erected on the site over just two days in December of last year. Skanska USA was responsible for the site development.

“This project is exciting for numerous reasons. One of those is that later this year Swedish will enhance cancer-care services at the Edmonds campus by starting construction on a vault to house a new $4.95 million linear accelerator for radiation therapy that will go into use in late 2013,” said David Jaffe, chief executive of Swedish/Edmonds. “Another huge advantage of the new center is that it will bring state-of-the-art cancer care closer to home, which makes a real difference for patients and their families.”

About The Swedish Cancer Institute

Since 1932, the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) has been at the forefront of cancer treatment. It is Washington state’s oldest and largest cancer treatment program. The Institute is headquartered at Swedish’s First Hill campus in Seattle and includes hundreds of leading experts – including medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, researchers and other specialists – who dedicate their lives to helping patients and treating various types of cancers. For more information about the Swedish Cancer Institute or new SCI initiatives, visit www.swedish.org/cancer.  

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.  

About Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health-care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence affiliated with Swedish Health Services, expanding both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services. The health system employs more than 64,000 people across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located in Renton, Wash. In 2011, Providence provided more than $651 million in community benefit, including nearly $204 million in free and discounted care for those who could not afford to pay for care. Providence Health & Services continues a tradition of caring that the Sisters of Providence began more than 155 years ago. In 2011, Swedish provided more than $145 million in community benefit in Western Washington. Together, Providence and Swedish are working to improve quality, increase access and reduce the cost of care in all of the communities they serve. For more information, visit www.providence.org.


Liquor Control Policy for Members
Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:00

Dear Edmonds Chamber Member,

We truly value your membership in the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce. The mission of the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the greater Edmonds business community through advocacy, leadership and education. One way we promote economic vitality is by assisting in presenting events intended to draw residents and visitors to member businesses.


After being contacted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) last fall, we have been working on gaining clarity on the legal issues relating to the serving of alcohol at Chamber related events. At this time, we want to make clear our policy in relation to the serving of alcohol by members at events that the Chamber has presented or that have received Chamber support or participation.


Our policy is as follows:

The Greater Edmonds Chamber of Commerce does not encourage, facilitate or provide approval or support regarding the serving of alcohol at events conducted by Chamber members, notwithstanding any general assistance, support or participation by the Chamber that may occur for such event.  Examples of such events include the Third Thursday Art  Walk and Ribbon Cuttings. Any Chamber member choosing to serve alcohol at an event they will host or organize, regardless of whether such event is with the support or participation of the Chamber, shall be informed that such member shall be solely responsible to determine and comply with all applicable laws and rules regarding the serving of alcohol.  Chamber members are responsible to contact the WSLCB directly with any questions and to assure compliance if serving alcohol at the member’s business.  

Current contact information for the Washington State Liquor Control Board is:
Lt. Kate Miyasato, WSLCB Enforcement Division
1521 Leigh Way #A
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

The Chamber values your membership and is pleased to work with members to increase business success.  We provide this reminder to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding.



Ron Clyborne
President, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Arts Awards March 21 to celebrate Rick Steves, Art Walk, and more

March 8, 2013 – For Immediate Release [DOWNLOAD PDF OF PRESS RELEASE]


Barbara Kindness, Mike Popke, Rick Steves/Europe Through the Back Door, Manya Vee Selects among winners.


Edmonds, WA It’s time to celebrate the Chamber Arts Award winners at a ceremony on March 21, 7:30 p.m., at Edmonds Conference Center. Winners are local arts heroes Barbara Kindness, Mike Popke, Manya Vee Selects (now MaJe Gallery), and Rick Steves/Europe Through the Back Door, KCTS, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Edmonds Center for the Arts.

If you’ve been on an Art Walk or enjoyed a show by the Driftwood Players, you know Edmonds is an arts town. But the behind-the-scenes effort to create and sustain an arts community requires volunteers and collaborators who value culture above personal gain. These arts awards are the Chamber’s acknowledgement of exemplary service in sustaining and creating arts programs in Edmonds.

The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony and celebrate our local winners, which are:

  • Business Leadership Award: Manya Vee Selects (now MaJe Gallery)
    for the Art Walk and Mural Society.
  • Creative Collaboration Award: Rick Steves/Europe Through the Back Door,
    KCTS, Cascade Symphony Orchestra and Edmonds Center for the Arts
    for “Europe: A Symphonic Journey.”
  • Individual Leadership Award: Mike Popke of Lynnwood Honda for
    encouraging partnerships between business and the arts.
  • Individual Volunteer Award: Barbara Kindness for supporting
    and sustaining arts and culture.

Nominations were received from the general public and the selection was made by the Chamber Arts & Culture.  Committee members are: Mary Lou Block, Edmonds Port Commissioner; Frances Chapin, City of Edmonds Cultural Services Manager; Valerie Claypool, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Membership and Events Director; Keith Gehrig, Driftwood Players Office Manager; Jamie Herlich, Chamber Board Member and Edmonds Center for the Arts Director of Advancement; Gretchen Johnston, Director of Community Education at Edmonds Community College, Jack Loos, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce 1st Vice President; Darlene McLellan, Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation President; Samantha Saether, Edmonds Art Commission; Janette Turner, My Edmonds News Arts Reporter and EPIC Group Writers President.  Individual committee members were not eligible for awards.

Those who plan to attend the awards ceremony are asked to please RSVP at www.edmondswa.com/awards or email events@edmondswa.com. More information is available on the Edmonds Chamber website.

Edmonds named one of "The Happy 15" Best Neighborhoods in and around Seattle
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 03:32

"Edmonds — a picturesque escape from the city – close enough that you can keep your day job." Seattle Magazine, March 2013


Seattle Magazine just rated Edmonds as one of “The Happy 15 – The Best Neighborhoods in and around Seattle for living, playing, eating, shopping, drinking and finding your bliss.


Check "Edmonds" on page 104 of the March 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine. For the full article start on 88.

the Happy 15

Celebrating Chamber Arts Awards

Please join us to honor recipients of the Chamber Arts Awards to celebrate individuals, organizations and businesses who contribute to arts and culture in Edmonds.


When: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:30  – 9:00pm (program begins at 8:00 pm)


Where: Edmonds Conference Center, 4th & Bell


Light appetizers and beverages will be served.


This evening is complimentary; however your RSVP would be appreciated.  Please contact Valerie Claypool at 425-332-7114 or membership@edmondswa.com to confirm your attendance.

Mayor Earling to Give State of the City Address on March 13
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 03:21

(Edmonds – WA) Mayor Dave Earling will deliver a “State of the City” address on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:30 – 9:30 am at the Wade James Theatre located at 950 Main Street in Edmonds. The event will be videotaped for replay on the city’s website and government channel (Channel 21 for Comcast subscribers and Channel 39 for Frontier subscribers). Refreshments will be provided compliments of Panera Bread.


Community and business partners for the event include: Swedish/Edmonds, Edmonds Community College, Port of Edmonds, Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Edmonds School District, Snohomish County Economic Alliance, Hubbard Family Foundation, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Lynnwood Honda, Windermere Real Estate – Edmonds, Panera Bread, and Edmonds Landing Retirement and Assisted Living.


The public is invited to attend the address. “Reporting the status of the city is important to the community – highlighting the short-term accomplishments and challenges, as well as looking at the city’s long-term needs” said Mayor Earling.


For questions please contact the Mayor’s Office at 425.771.0247.

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