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City of Bellevue Cultural and Economic Development Newsletter 

Construction on East Main Bridge over I-405
The state Department of Transportation will close Main Street between 112th and 116th avenues starting in late March or early April as it begins work to replace the Main Street bridge over Interstate 405 with a span that includes a pedestrian and bicycle path for people who walk and bicycle.
 
In addition to the five-month closure of Main Street, WSDOT will need to close I-405 in both directions through downtown for a full weekend. The timing of the highway closure is weather-dependent, but will come soon after Main Street is closed. Detours will be in place for both closures.
 
More about the Main Street bridge replacement is at WSDOT.wa.gov/I405Widening. Get the latest information on street closures citywide at BellevueWA.gov/trafficadvisories
 
These Pop-Up spaces provide flexible lease terms to businesses looking to re-enter physical space or move into a physical space for the first time. Reach out to CED at bizsupport@bellevuewa.gov or at 425-452-5241 with questions and to get connected
Mini MBA Certificate Program
The program will feature some of the top business school professors in the area. A few of the topics covered will include business strategy, marketing, technology management and will conclude with a community-based capstone project

Bellevue College's New AI Bachelors Degree
The BAS Artificial Intelligence degree focuses on teaching students’ skills in Python programming and AI libraries, machine learning, data analytics, data modeling, cognitive computing, natural language processing, and applied statistics

Small Business Flex Fund
The Small Business Flex Fund is a simple, low-interest loan specifically for small businesses and nonprofits in Washington state. Organizations with fewer than 50 employees can apply for loans of up to $150,000

Main Street of America Inclusive Backing Grant
The program will provide 75 U.S. personal service industry small businesses in older or historic commercial districts across the country with a $5,000 grant
The City of Bellevue, in partnership with arts nonprofit EastHUB, is launching a convenient and comprehensive way to share Eastside arts and culture happenings with the community through a new Eastside Live website. Eastside artists and organizations can use this platform to share events and activities
 

Emerging Radiance: Honoring the Nikkei Farmers of Bellevue

February 3 - March 13 | Bellevue Arts Museum

Artists Michelle Kumata and Creative Director Tani Ikeda have created an immersive Farmhouse Mural experience, commissioned by Meta Open Arts, that will celebrate the untold stories of Japanese American farmers who lived in Bellevue from 1920–42 using Spark AR augmented reality lnstagram filters that allow users to "meet" the actual subjects as they share in their own words their connections to the land before WWII, during incarceration, and post-WWII

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