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‘Two amazing, kick-ass women’ — Developers recognized with Capitol Hill Spirit Award

Adele wasn’t the only award winner hoping to share her praise in recent days.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my neighborhood than at this moment,” Pike/Pine developer Liz Dunn told the crowd as she reflected on the wave of activism in the neighborhood at last week’s State of the Hill event held at Optimism Brewing.

The annual party from the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce recaps the year, looks ahead, and recognizes some of the neighborhood’s important and inspiring characters. This year, the business organization announced the launch of is campaign to wrangle enough support from landowners to create a $1.6 million Business Improvement Area stretching across Capitol Hill.

From Melrose to 19th, Capitol Hill Chamber launches campaign to create $1.6 million Business Improvement Area

The chamber also split its votes for the annual Spirit Award, recognizing Dunn and Jill Cronauer of Hunters Capital.

“I cannot be happier to have two amazing, kick-ass women in this neighborhood recognized,” the chamber’s director Sierra Hansen said of the split vote.

Jeremy Borden, CEO of digital creative agency Substantial did the honors. This was the chamber’s seventh year presenting the Spirit Award. Previous award winners include: Jerry Everard (for his work with nonprofits and longtime support of Capitol Hill arts and culture),  Justin Carder (writer and publisher of the Capitol Hill Seattle blog), Catherine Hillenbrand (for her work with the Champion on Sound Transit TOD site), Kay Rood (as an advocate for Cal Anderson Park and creator of the Cal Anderson Park Alliance), Michael Malone (historic preservation and advocacy around Pike/ Pine) and Chip Ragen and Michael Wells (for their work as founding members of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce).

This year’s State of the Hill also included an appearance by Capitol Hill resident Mayor Ed Murray.

“This is where some of my biggest fans are and, I can tell you, some of my biggest critics,” Murray said of his home turf.

Murray also spoke of concerns about the Trump administration’s attacks on civil liberties.

“Just as Capitol Hill has been a sanctuary neighborhood, we will be a sanctuary city no matter what Trump says,” Murray said.

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