As a 20 year resident of Seattle, I am excited to be involved in bringing Seattle a world class arena in the place it belongs – Seattle Center. I have always viewed Seattle Center as the soul of the city. It’s home to landmarks like the Pacific Science Center, the iconic Space Needle and, of course, the Seattle Coliseum. With Seattle amidst rapid growth, downtown is now expanding towards South Lake Union, Uptown and the Belltown neighborhoods. Seattle Center is now Seattle’s heart as well. To play a small part in shaping the next 50 years of Seattle Center is a role I will embrace with the focus it deserves. I am proud of our region’s natural beauty and our passion for preserving our environment. Our commitment to restore and re-use this historic arena is consistent with my values and those of our community. My hope is that someday, decades from now, we will look at the arena as our Wrigley Field or Lambeau Field – a facility that serves its community proudly for a century or more. I look forward to leading the local efforts of OVG Seattle for this project. We will reflect the neighborhoods and community we live in. I will work tirelessly to ensure Seattle is proud of its new partner.