People listening to a civic panel discussion.

Panel discussions on affordability in Seattle and the impact of major sports on our region.

Greater Seattle is an expensive place to live. How can we make this region a more affordable place to live and work for all and create better paying jobs that match the cost of living? In segment 1, we’ll discuss this question with experts from the business and job development sectors.

In segment 2, we’ll have a one-on-one discussion with the President and CEO of the Seattle Sprots Commission about the exciting upcoming sports events coming to Seattle (like the World Cup and Major League Baseball All Star Week and Winter Baseball Classic) and the economic and social impact of those (and our major sports teams) on our city and region.

Panelists – Segment 1

  • Mike Schwartz, Regional Director of Economic Advancement, YWCA Seattle King Snohomish
  • Jon Scholes, President and CEO, Downtown Seattle Association


  • Rob Smith, Executive Editor, Seattle Business Magazine/Seattle Magazine

Panelists – Segment 2

  • Beth Knox, President and CEO, Seattle Sports Commission


  • Alicia Crank, Executive Director, Seattle CityClub


About Civic Cocktail

Civic Cocktail connects elected and community leaders with the public for lively conversations about important issues facing our region. Whether you’re new to the Pacific Northwest, a self-described “civic nerd,” or looking to meet people engaged in their communities, your evening at this beloved program is sure to be friendly, fun, and fascinating. Civic Cocktail’s welcoming and conversational tone is inspired by our Dialogue Across Differences initiative. We hope you can join in person, where the conversation happens over tasty bites and festive libations.

More Event Information

  • The formal program begins at 6:30 pm. Doors open at The Collective at 5:30 pm for networking and appetizers/drinks.
  • There will be a 15-minute break between the first and second segmen and opportunity for audiece Q and A.
  • This event will be recorded but not livestreamed.

Limited free tickets are available through the support of the Killinger Foundation. Please contact Jeff Carter at [email protected] for more information about the free tickets and the event.