Message from our Council President

Please enjoy this quick message from Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the NWMMSDC. We hope everyone is staying healthy and following the new safety guidelines amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Remember, the Council is here to serve you, our stakeholders! Do not hesitate to give us a call, our team is available to answer any questions.

Updates from our Community Partner: Challenge Seattle

Key Coronavirus followups from our community partner, Challenge Seattle:

  1. SHELTER IN PLACE RUMOR – We heard clearly from the city of Seattle, King County, and Department of Commerce that there are no plans at this time to issue additional orders relating to more restrictions or to shelter in place. Please help calm the public about this concern.
  2. MASKS – Thank you to Costco and Microsoft for sourcing a combined 140,000 masks for use by our health care workers and responders. If anyone has a surplus of N-95 masks or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) or has the ability to help source PPEs – please let us know. There is a critical need.
    • Secretary Lisa Brown shared the Governor’s announcement regarding measures that the state is taking today to address the economic impacts of the crisis, including assistance for renters, workers, and businesses. Read more here.
    • In response to the business community’s request to simplify navigating the state’s COVID response, the state has created a one-stop-shop portal– Specific information for businesses and workers is here.
  1. UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE – an urgent ask of the business community is to communicate to our Federal Delegation the need for federal action to provide states more flexibility on the provision of unemployment insurance benefits. This flexibility would allow our state to expand eligibility as well as the amount available to unemployed workers. The Seattle Metro Chamber is organizing a sign-on letter. We will circulate the letter via our business association partners as soon as it is available.
  2. SCHOOLS – We heard from Superintendent Reykdal that the state is working to address key barriers for certain student populations so that districts can begin offering on-line learning next week. He also mentioned two specific needs that they are struggling with:
    • Food Security. While districts have set up systems for delivering breakfast and lunches, concerns are growing about dinner and weekend meals for students and their families who quality for free and reduced-priced meals.
    • Childcare: Districts are struggling with how to meet the Governor’s directive to provide childcare for first responders, health care workers, and others who are essential to the state’s response to COVID-19. If you have ideas on either of these fronts, please let us know.
  1. PHILANTROPY – Thank you for the outpouring of generosity in the last several weeks. To aid donors who want to ensure that dollars flow quickly to where they are most needed, we have assembled a consolidated #WeGotThisWA list posted here on the Seattle Metro Chamber’s site.

**PLEASE NOTE, the situation on the ground is fluid and needs will evolve, especially as federal funding becomes available. Our goal is to update this list regularly so that we continue to identify the gaps between the need and available government resources, ensuring private dollars can flow effectively and efficiently to fill the gaps. Additionally, we recognize that the current list is Seattle-King County centric and does not cover all of the needs in the community. We are working with partners to understand the most effective channels to get help where it is needed across the state.

Please share this #WeGotThisWA List with your networks who may be in a position to donate – including your employees and customers who may want to help. Here is the link.

City of Seattle, Greater Seattle Partners, and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Distribute Survey to Measure Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Region’s Businesses and Non-Profits

Results Will Help Inform Strategies for Regional Economy Recovery and Maximizing State and Federal Aid

SEATTLE, WA – The City of Seattle, Greater Seattle Partners, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced today they are distributing an Economic Impact Survey ( to further capture the effects of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, on businesses and non-profits in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties.  The Economic Impact Survey will identify early local and regional effects of COVID-19, inform strategies for regional economic recovery and development, and maximizing and allocating badly-needed federal and state recovery aid.

For businesses and non-profits interested in completing the survey, go to,

Initial quantitative data and qualitative information shows that small businesses, non-profit organizations, arts, and workers in the Seattle region are experiencing significant negative financial impacts due to the COVID-19. Local businesses and non-profits have reported 50 – 90 percent revenue losses, laid off employees, reduced hours, temporary or permanent closures, xenophobia, and major declines in foot traffic as tens of thousands of people are being asked to work from home and practice social distancing. Industries that are most impacted include retail, restaurants and hospitality, transportation and logistics, as well as arts, large festivals and cultural events.

“We hope that employers and non-profits of every size will complete the survey. From small businesses to large employers, we need your stories to help inform our recovery strategy and maximize both state and federal aid that is so critical,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Whether it is making the hard decisions to work remotely, reduce hours, lay off employees, postpone events, or temporarily close, your voices tell Seattle’s story in reacting to these unprecedented times, and will shape how our city recovers. The more information and stories we have, the faster we can receive aid and begin our economic recovery.”

“The Survey results will be critical to maximize state and federal support and direct local resources to save jobs and get back to business as soon as possible,” said Greater Seattle Partners CEO Brian P. McGowan. “We urge all businesses and non-profits organizations in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to share their economic impacts so we can quickly and effectively request emergency funding.”

“This is a transformational moment for our society and economy. As the virus spreads, so too will the economic impact,” said Markham McIntyre, EVP of the Chamber. “To design a solution to meet the problem, we need to understand how deeply the outbreak is impacting our regional economy, especially the most vulnerable businesses and workers. Please fill out the survey and share your stories.”

“We need to understand the economic impact of our regional economy during this unprecedented time,” said Office of Economic Development Director Bobby Lee. “By measuring the economic impact of COVID-19, we will better understand our short and long-term solutions. This will also give us the data and information we need to build a come-back economy where everyone is included.”

“We know our arts and cultural sector is hurting and we are doing everything we can to help them through this crisis,” said Randy Engstrom, Director Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. “We rise and fall together, which is why it’s so important that we are all counted and included in this regional economic recovery effort.”


The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED) is an executive office of City of Seattle municipal government. OED creates a vibrant economy, benefiting the whole city by promoting access to economic opportunities for all of Seattle’s diverse communities. For more information about OED’s programs, visit our website at or email our office at

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city’s public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices. The Office is supported by the 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council.

Greater Seattle Partners work to attract and support businesses that create and sustain jobs across all income levels throughout the region.  

The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,600 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 750,000 people. For more information, visit



TAS Presentation at NAMCWA

Fernando Martinez, President and CEO of the Council, presented at the Washington Chapter of National Association of Minority Contractors on March 5, 2020 in Tukwila. He presented on the Technical Assistance Services program. To view the presentation, click here.

For more information on the Technical Assistance Services program, visit

WSDOT Contract Opportunity

There is currently an opportunity open for an interim position as Project Delivery Environmental Coordinator. This position will be working with the WSDOT Environmental Program for Megaprograms to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and provide various types of support to the Megaprograms team regarding environmental issues.

Request for a Statement of Qualifications

Environmental Coordinator Job Description

Interested in this position? Email the Statement of qualifications to Usman Naushab at by March 13th.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Rob Berman at (206) 949-0475 or

Approve I-1000: Fairness and Opportunity for All

As Washingtonians, we believe in fairness and opportunity for everyone. But we know that even in this strong economy, too many veterans, small businesses, women and diverse communities are being left behind. We can take a big step forward in creating opportunity and a level playing field for all by approving Initiative 1000 on our November ballot.

For more information, click here