America's Best Expands in Bellevue, WA

WHAT: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses is now open in Bellevue, WA and carries a wide selection of designer eyeglass frames, contact lenses and eyeglass accessories. Bellevue residents can now get a free eye exam by a professional optometrist with two pairs of eyeglasses for just $69.95. The store is equipped with state-of-the-art optometric equipment to ensure that customers get the best eye care available at a more affordable and accessible price.America's Best
WHY: National Vision is expanding into the Bellevue market with its 9th location on 15015 Main Street. The community will now have access to more affordable and accessible quality eye care and eyewear.
WHO: With over 500 retail stores across the country, and more locations being added every day, America’s Best delivers thousands of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and safety glasses to our customers. At America’s Best we believe that vision is central to quality of life and that
people deserve quality eye care, regardless of their economic status. Our mission is to make quality eye care and eyewear affordable and accessible to all Americans by providing eye exams, eyeglasses and contact lenses to cost-conscious and low-income consumers.
WHERE: America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses Kelsey Creek Center
15015 Main Street, Suite 104
Bellevue, WA 98007

SAP Concur Partner Program Joined by Tramada System

Tramada Systems, the technology leader specializing in travel data and process management, on August 12, 2018 announced it joined the SAP Concur Partner Program, opening the door to new networks of referral and partnership between Tramada Systems, its clients, and SAP Concur, the world’s leading provider of travel, expense and invoice management solutions.

 

SAP Concur Partner Program Joined by Tramada System
SAP Concur Partner Program

 

This new agreement enables Tramada’s clients—from small businesses to enterprises—to gain unprecedented control and visibility of travel booking, invoices, and expenses. The integration of the SAP Concur solution suite with Tramada Systems’ industry-leading travel management company (TMC) platform, tramada®, offers complementary solutions that enhance productivity without overlapping functionality. Together, streamlined corporate travel workflows are realized – from booking creation, travel data management, and accounting, to expense management, reporting, and business intelligence.

Especially noteworthy is the integration between Concur TripLink and tramada that provides TMCs with a full view of travel plans and itineraries regardless of booking source, improving traveler booking visibility and reporting on self-booking segments.

Tramada and SAP Concur have a long-standing relationship dating back to 2012, with joint clients across Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The agreement announced today globalizes that partnership, expanding the companies’ integration capabilities.

“We are delighted to take the relationship between our companies to the next level,” said Jo O’Brien, CEO of Tramada Systems. “Our customers will realize multiple efficiencies and new innovation opportunities. The integration with Concur TripLink is a good example of how our platform level technologies work together to bring businesses of all sizes scalable cloud solutions that send more revenue dollars to the bottom line. And that puts everyone in a better competitive position.”

“We’re happy to welcome Tramada Systems to the SAP Concur Partner program. Through it, they’ve already started bringing the power and visibility and control of an integrated solution that is proven to generate considerable savings to their clients of all sizes. Because our solutions are cloud-based, participants quickly see real improvements in efficiency, processing speed, reporting accuracy and bottom line savings—all with minimal up-front costs or resources.” said Michael Koetting, EVP Supplier and TMC Services at SAP Concur.

Concur Travel, Expense and Invoice are the industry’s leading solutions to help businesses of all sizes manage spend and gain insights that drive savings. SAP Concur has more than 55.4 million end users globally, and over the last fourquarters the company processed more than 240 million billable transactions, nearly $113 billion worth of customer expenses.

Electric-assisted Bike Share In Bellevue

Electric-assisted Bike Share In Bellevue. In addition to seeing more green-painted bikeways in Bellevue, starting this week you’ll see more green bicycles as part of the city’s one-year bike share pilot. Bellevue’s is the first bike share system in the Pacific Northwest to feature exclusively electric-assisted bicycles (also called e-bikes) and a network of preferred parking areas.

Electric-assisted BikeElectric-assisted Bike Share In Bellevue

“The city’s Electric-assisted bike share pilot aims to provide people who live in, work in and visit Bellevue with more choices about how they get where they want to go,” said Transportation Director Dave Berg. “Bellevue has a lot of hills, so we’re focusing on e-bikes to make riding an option for as many people as possible across the city.”
An electric motor provides a boost while pedaling, so riders can go anywhere without breaking a sweat. The motor provides assistance up to 15 miles per hour. The green bikes are owned and operated by Lime, a private company based in San Mateo, California.
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Bellevue Police For National Night Out Visits

Bellevue Police For National Night Out Visits to neighborhood block party on Tuesday, Aug. 7,2017.  Bellevue police officers are ready to visit block parties on NNO and check in with you and your neighbors.

Bellevue Police For National Night Out Visits

Bellevue Police
While the city has hosted a community NNO event at Crossroads the past few years, there won’t be one this year. The June It’s Your City newsletter incorrectly included a city NNO event on its community calendar page,
NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
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Year-Round Shelter At Lincoln Center Approved For Study By Bellevue City Council

Year-Round Shelter At Lincoln Center Approved For Study By Bellevue City Council. The City Council has agreed to study expanding operations at the temporary men’s shelter at Lincoln Center to year-round. The center is located at 116th St NE.

Year-Round Shelter At Lincyear-round shelteroln Center Approved For Study By Bellevue City Council

Currently, the emergency shelter, which has existed since 2008 at various sites, is only open during the winter months. The proposal comes in the wake of the new Land Use Code Amendment for siting permanent shelters and homeless services which was passed last week by the council.
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Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager

Debra Montgomery Joins Union Bank as Managing Director

SEATTLE, July 10, 2018 – Union Bank today announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.

“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”

Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Continue reading “Debra Montgomery joins Union Bank Private Mortgage Division as Pacific Northwest Region Manager”

Debra Montgomery New Pacific NW Region Manager at Union Bank

Debra Montgomery Union Bank Union Bank recently announced that Debra Montgomery has joined the bank as Managing Director, Pacific Northwest Region Manager for the Private Mortgage Division of Union Bank Home Loans. Montgomery will manage the team of Private Mortgage consultants who specialize in offering home lending products and services to the bank’s Private Bank clients and prospects. She is based in the Bellevue office and reports to William (Bill) Bilicki, Private Mortgage Division Executive.

“Union Bank is committed to growing its mortgage portfolio, which is now the sixth largest in the nation,” said Bilicki. “That’s why we are so excited to welcome Debra to our Private Mortgage Division. Her successful industry track record, proven leadership capabilities and deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest market make her ideally suited to lead our Pacific Northwest Private Mortgage team, deepen our client relationships and grow our presence in the region.”

Montgomery has more than 15 years of experience in the mortgage industry.  Continue reading “Debra Montgomery New Pacific NW Region Manager at Union Bank”

34th Anniversary for Bellevue Festival of the Arts is July 27-29 2018

Bellevue Festival of the Arts Excited to Be Back for 34th Year

Bellevue Festival of the Arts 2018As a local arts festival that’s uniquely by artists, for artists, the 2018 Bellevue Festival of the Arts returns for its 34th year from July 27-29, 2018 in downtown Bellevue, Washington. Presented by the Craft Cooperative of the Northwest, the BFoA curates an award-winning show of rich and diverse multiple mediums, featuring artists hailing from the Pacific Northwest, from across the United States, and the world beyond, as one of the three popular fairs that make up Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend each Summer.

And 2018 promises to be one of its best yet!

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Breakthrough Treatment for Depression Now Offered at Two Local Facilities

Associated Behavioral Health CareAssociated Behavioral Health Care plans further expansion and will offer non-drug depression treatment at all four locations by end of 2018 — making it the largest provider of TMS therapy in the area 

Associated Behavioral Health Care, a treatment provider offering chemical dependency and mental health services throughout the Puget Sound region, announced today that its Bellevue and Kent facilities now offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) — making it the first and only provider of TMS in Southeast King County, where mental health services are in demand. Associated Behavioral Health Care is currently offering same-day TMS assessments at all four of its facilities located in King County. 

What began as a drug and alcohol education and service facility in 1995, Associated Behavioral Health Care has since evolved into a full-service behavioral health provider.  Continue reading “Breakthrough Treatment for Depression Now Offered at Two Local Facilities”

Bellevue College Students Akoto, Gonzalez and Tuttle Make All-Washington Academic Team

All-Washington Academic Team Features Three Earning Degrees at Bellevue College

Brenda Akoto All-Washington Academic Team
Brenda Akoto All-Washington Academic Team

Three BC students, Brenda Akoto, Alberto Gonzalez and Casey Tuttle have made the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team, and will be honored at a ceremony Thursday, March 22, at South Puget Sound Community College, in Olympia. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be the keynote speaker.
The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes Washington state’s finest higher education students. Students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community. Their stories are often inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always reflective of the larger story of the state’s community and technical college students. Continue reading “Bellevue College Students Akoto, Gonzalez and Tuttle Make All-Washington Academic Team”