About a week ago I asked where the business community that supports the arena project were at. Well, I guess they had the same feeling that I had, staying silent isn't helping.
This isn't a corporate press release in support of... But actual business leaders lending their names to participate in a group to help get this done.
A group of nine business leaders, including representatives from Amazon.com Inc.Â Â and Nordstrom, are backing California hedge-fund manager Chris Hansenâ€™s plan to bring a new sports arena to Seattleâ€™s Sodo district.
They announced Tuesday the formation of the Seattle/King County Arena Business Advisory Committee, established to demonstrate support for the arena and to try and draw more support for the proposal from the Seattle business community.
The arena project has encountered opposition from a number of groups in recent weeks, including the Port of Seattle. Hansen, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced they had created a memorandum of understanding towards the construction of a new arena last week.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased that these business leaders have volunteered to help us move toward our goal of building a new, state-of-the-art NBAÂ Â and NHL arena in Seattle,â€ Hansen said in a statement Tuesday. â€œEach member has extensive experience building successful business in partnership with local communities and the region. Their expertise in this area will be invaluable as we work to bring the Sonics and NHL hockey back to Seattle.â€
Members of the committee include Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon.com Inc., Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America LineÂ Â , Blake Nordstrom, director and president of Nordstrom Inc.Â Â and Jeff Wright, chairman of the board of Space Needle Corp.
Puget Sound Businesz Journal: Amazon, Nordstrom leaders form group to support Seattle sports arena project
That's some juice.