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Aug 31, 2018

Stokes Lawrence


Claire Taylor joined Stokes Lawrence's Financial Services Group in Seattle. Taylor comes from Colvin + Hallett, where she handled tax disputes, IRS audits and civil litigation. Prior to that she was a litigator with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division. Stokes Lawrence also has offices in Yakima.

Anthony's Restaurants

John Oppenheimer, founder and CEO of Columbia Hospitality, is the newest board member for Anthony's Restaurants. Oppenheimer has founded private hospitality-related businesses such as Seattle Hotel Group, which developed Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Seattle.

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum and the Betty Bowen Committee selected five artists as finalists for this year's Betty Bowen Award: Natalie Ball, Amy Bernstein, Bruce Burris, Deborah Lawrence and George Rodriguez. The award honors a visual artist residing in Washington, Oregon or Idaho for original, exceptional and compelling work. The winner gets $15,000 and their work displayed at SAM.

Historic Downtown Prosser

OneMain Financial awarded a $25,000 grant to Historic Downtown Prosser Association for new trash cans, planters and streetscape elements. On Sept. 8-9, volunteers will clean the area for the upcoming project, which will be finished in spring 2019. The grant is part of Made on Main Street, a partnership between OneMain and Main Street America. OneMain has bank branches in 44 states.

Aug 30, 2018

CREW: Tour Spheres; meet mayors

Amazon's Spheres

It's hard to get a ticket to see inside Amazon's famous new plant-filled Spheres. But CREW will take you there at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. And if botany isn't your thing, how about meeting the mayors of Mercer Island, Everett, Issaquah, Kent, Arlington and Kirkland? CREW's Sept. 13 luncheon honors female mayors in our region (though Jenny Durkan will not attend). That event takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton, 400 Sixth Ave. Details and registration for both events: crewseattle.org.

Barrientos leads Uptown ULI tour

Center Steps

Why is it called Uptown? How is it different from Lower Queen Anne? And whatever happened to the counterbalance? These questions and more will be answered by developer Maria Barrientos of Barrientos + Ryan, who is leading a walking tour of that booming and recently upzoned hood. Also on the walk: Sloan Dawson of Sound Transit, Robert Nellams of Seattle Center and Deborah Frausto of Uptown Alliance. Barrientos + Ryan is developing the 285-unit Center Steps on a block near McCaw Hall. Meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at McCaw Hall. The walk concludes with a reception. Register at northwest.uli.org.

CBRE promotes Wallace

CBRE said Joe Wallace has been elevated to president of its Mountain-Northwest Division. He'll continue to be based in San Francisco. A 30-year industry veteran, he was previously with CBRE offices in Baltimore and Dallas.

Julian Castro to address Housing Oregon

Julian Castro, who formerly led HUD, will be the keynote speaker during Housing Oregon's annual Industry Support Conference. The event is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6-7 at the downtown Portland Hilton. Workshops, educational gatherings and other talks are planned. Details and registration: housingoregon.org.

Seattle CityClub

Diane Douglas, executive director of Seattle CityClub, is stepping down Nov. 1 after 11 years with the nonprofit. Under her leadership, CityClub's budget and staff doubled, and its audience grew to over 1 million annual participants. Assistant director Allie Johnson will become interim executive director while recruiter Herd Freed Hartz finds a permanent leader. CityClub offers programs to inform and connect citizens.

Spokane Tribe

The Spokane Tribe in Stevens County will be the first to benefit from the Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund organized by nonprofit GRID Alternatives. The tribe will build a 637-kilowatt solar project to help power 14 buildings, including housing and offices. Wells Fargo will add $5 million over three years to the program.

Amerigroup Washington

Amerigroup Washington was selected by Washington Health Care Authority to receive new contracts to provide integrated managed care to Medicaid-eligible residents in the state. The services become effective in 2019 and include medical, mental health, substance abuse treatment and dental benefits. Seattle-based Amerigroup Washington is a subsidiary of Anthem.


Seattle's first MadeHere shop opened in Pioneer Square at 115 S. Jackson St. The store carries goods from Seattle-area designers, artists and makers. MadeHere opened its first shop in 2014 in Portland's Pearl District, and now has four shops there.

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