by Joey Chapman, Director of Membership & Programs
| Jul 28, 2022
GSBA gathered with new and enthusiastic partners in Issaquah to connect the city with our statewide work. We were joined by Mayor Mary Lou Pauly, President of Issaquah Highlands Council and Arts Commissioner Kimberly Kapustein, economic and equity staff from the City of Issaquah, the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Visit Issaquah, Village Theatre, Olympic Hot Tub, and Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria. Tutta Bella were the perfect hosts for these conversation.
According to GSBA Member Christy Garrard, Director of Business Development for Visit Issaquah, "This continued journey will help to ensure Issaquah is an inclusive destination and place to do business for the LGBTQ+ community. Convening leadership from government, business, and the arts builds equity-centered relationships."
GSBA Interim President & CEO Ilona Lohrey adds "This gathering shows community in action to create a more inclusive environment and equity through business. We have the perfect opportunity to take cohesive action to a better future for business and community for all."
In collaboration with our Visit Issaquah and local chambers and leaders, GSBA looks forward to holding a day of LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion Training and Networking in October of 2022 (date TBD) in Issaquah. We found great success during the spring in Kitsap County, welcoming the community together to engage in this type of greater learning. We know that our time in Issaquah will be well spent!