Alderwood Mall Seeking More Minority-Owned Businesses

Brookfield Properties — which operates Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Westlake Center in Seattle, and Spokane Valley Mall — is inviting local minority-owned businesses to apply by March 24 for its Partner to Empower program. The program looks to bring more diversity into its shopping centers nationwide and supporting equity within the retail industry. Find out more here.

EvergreenHealth Awards $75K to Eastside Nonprofits

Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth has awarded a total of $75,000 in one-year grants to three regional nonprofits for youth mental health services and educational support. Get more details here.

Amtrak Service Fully Restored Between Portland, Vancouver, B.C.

Amtrak service resumed this week between Portland and Vancouver, B.C. — the first time direct service has been available between the Oregon city and stations north of Seattle since 2020. Service had been halted at the time due to the pandemic. Learn more here.

Charging Ahead: Bellevue Adding Electric Truck to Fire Fleet

Another Eastside city is putting a charge in its firefighting fleet and carbon-reduction efforts with plans to buy an electric fire truck. Bellevue’s City Council has authorized the fire department to use a state grant to help purchase the City’s first electric fire engine. The announcement comes about a month after the City of Redmond, utilizing the same state grant program, voted to pursue an electric fire engine. Get more details here