Seattle has been roundly applauded for its collaborative, science-driven, and generally quite effective response to COVID-19. (By Fortune as well—a feature published in April highlights the coming together of the region’s public and private sectors, largely through the organization Challenge Seattle.)
Now, the community is working to bring the same cooperative approach to Seattle’s reopening. While timing decisions are, of course, driven by state, county, and city leadership, the city’s business and nonprofit sectors have been hustling to assist in ways that they hope will help guarantee the process’s success: gathering and sharing reopening best practices and strategies from the likes of Starbucks, Costco, Microsoft, and a couple dozen others.
In late April, a webinar for Seattle’s business community on that topic drew 700 virtual attendees. Two days later, the associated website with accompanying resources—a Back to Work Toolkit, which includes reopening checklists, COVID-relevant work signage (social distancing reminders, how not to wear a face mask, etc.), and a link to a Washington-based supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE)—had been visited more than 8,000 times.
“We wanted to provide turn-by-turn directions, the hard stuff,” says Katie Drucker, head of business development and partnerships for Madrona Venture …