亚虎pt手机客户端下载 and Seattle Metro Chamber join together on shared federal agenda
The 亚虎pt手机客户端下载 and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce share advocacy priorities for addressing policy and funding challenges in the two largest urban centers in the Pacific Northwest. 当务之急是:
- Keep commerce moving safely along the I-5 Corridor
- Increase access to affordable housing and homeless services
- Downtown rebuiling and urban core enhancements
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作者:Andrew Hoan和Rachel Smith
一年前, COVID-19病例激增, businesses in both Portland and Seattle were battling to keep our doors open, support our workers and provide hope and assistance 为那些因大流行而陷入困境的人.
Then President Trump issued orders to review cutting off federal funding for Portland and Seattle under the justification that we were “lawless” and “anarchist” jurisdictions.
把我们两个城市混为一谈, the president unwittingly helped to forge a new alliance between two West Coast economic powerhouses. Our two organizations have joined forces to advocate for a united federal agenda that supports the needs of Pacific Northwest’s urban centers.
We feel it’s more important than ever to work together for our shared objectives.
National political leaders and the media tend to focus on the East Coast or California. But they miss the progress that is well underway in the Pacific Northwest.
Portland and Seattle are at the forefront of change in the global economy. Our small and large businesses represent a diverse portfolio of economic drivers, from technology and retail to aerospace and the outdoor economy. We are working to build the inclusive economy of the future.
有了新总统, new Congress and new mandate to make sweeping investments in a strong recovery, federal leaders would be crazy not to look to the Pacific Northwest to invest in the future of America. To leverage this moment, our cities, working together, have identified several priorities for federal action that will have a wide-ranging impact on our region and the nation as a whole.
Seattle and Portland are the centers of a regional network of economic movement that depends on a modern and functioning transportation system. Both our regional economies have major infrastructure needs and opportunities hinging on the replacement of bridges.
Portland needs a replacement for the Interstate 5 bridge across the Columbia River and Seattle needs a West Seattle Bridge repair because of the dire need to fix these crumbling pieces of infrastructure. Each provides a critical economic and community link. Each requires a significant new investment by the federal government in a comprehensive national infrastructure package.
Our regional economy is also held back by affordability and housing challenges. Pacific Northwest cities often rank among the worst in the nation for proportion of unsheltered homeless to the overall homeless population. 在一起, we call on Congress to expand programs and funding for low-income housing and support services to help those experiencing homelessness.
We also acknowledge that emerging stronger and better from the downturn will require a more equitable and inclusive economy. 拉斐尔Bostic, 亚特兰大联邦储备委员会主席, said it most clearly: “A commitment to an inclusive society also means a commitment to an inclusive economy.”
We hold to that clarion call and implore Congress to advance racial equity initiatives. The passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in response to the increase in violence against Asian Americans was an important step to begin to address xenophobia and discrimination in America. We also urge Congress to support the development of more targeted resources, access and technical assistance for minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color.
Both cities also need federal leadership abroad to expand trade access and at home to rebuild our neighborhoods and business districts to sustain a long-term economic recovery.
一年前, President Trump was actively working against Portland and Seattle in the midst of our greatest challenge in recent history. 现在, we stand united in calling for President Biden and Congress to prioritize the Pacific Northwest so that America can truly build back better.
Andrew Hoan is president and CEO of the 亚虎pt手机客户端下载. Rachel Smith is president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.