Compiled from June 2020 through May 2021.
Clean and Safety Services
bags of trash collected
graffiti tags removed
people given directions
cleanups with custom-built sanitation bike
Fulcrum data points collected
hours of SPD emphasis patrols
Advocacy and Economic Development
Our advocacy efforts at DSA are aimed at ensuring downtown is a great place to live, work, shop and play. Over the past year, we’ve continued to highlight the importance of public safety and the need to address our growing homelessness crisis as well as untreated mental health and substance use disorder. We have also stayed in close contact with our transit agency partners and shared insights from employers through affiliate Commute Seattle. Toward those objectives, we:
- Helped launch Compassion Seattle, a campaign to make unprecedented investments in housing, health treatment and homeless services through an amendment to the city of Seattle’s charter.
- Worked with neighborhood business districts in Seattle to produce the Small Business Pledge, providing a unified voice on the importance of safety.
- Endorsed successful hospital and transit levies.
- Fielded Business Outlook and Return to Work surveys to better understand our region’s economy and business leaders’ plans during the pandemic and recovery.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The murder of George Floyd in 2020, along with the killings of other Black men and women, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, brought forth again the deep racial injustices that exist within our country.
To assess our own role in addressing systemic racism and improve as an organization, DSA engaged Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts from Ascending Leadership in summer 2020.
Our efforts started with confidential conversations with our Black employees and have since included internal workshops and a DEI Task Force of board members and DSA/MID staff launched in late 2020. In early 2021, the DSA Board of DIrectors took action to establish a standing DEI Committee of the board. Our DEI webpage details DSA’s timeline for ongoing efforts, goals and anti-racism resources.
Transportation & Access
DSA’s partner organization, Commute Seattle, educates businesses and property owners on how to leverage regional transportation resources. After helping reduce downtown drive-alone commutes to a record-low 25% during a period of unprecedented growth, Commute Seattle shifted gears with the onset of the pandemic to assist businesses facing a new transportation reality.
The transportation-management association:
- Revamped commuteseattle.com website to better connect businesses and commuters with the best transportation options.
- Fielded the Return to Work survey to determine transportation needs of the business community.
- Produced awareness campaigns to drive transit pass adoption.
- Connected companies to government resources.
- Offered information for effective work-at-home policies.