The City of Bellevue Washington, which is part of the Greater Seattle Region is the 6th wealthiest of 522 communities in the state of Washington. In 2008, Bellevue was named number 1 in CNNMoney's list of the best places to live and launch a business, and in 2010 was again ranked as the 4th best place to live in America. In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the 2nd best place to live by USA Today.
More than 145 companies have been located in Bellevue. Current companies with headquarters in Bellevue include Expedia, T-Mobile and Valve Corporation. Other companies operating in Bellevue included Microsoft, SAP, Symetra, Boeing and DataSphere Technologies.
It is not only a great honor that they are hosting the 2018 DICOTA Convention but also that the City of Bellevue has declared August 31 as Tanzania Diaspora Day!
The Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) was formed in February, 2009 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of knowledge about Tanzania and its economic growth; and
This organization brings together members of the Tanzanian Diaspora in the United States, Tanzanian private sector and government officials, business leaders and community leaders with vested interest in investment and growth in the country; and
Bellevue and the Greater Seattle are is home to a growing Tanzanian community that contributes to the stature of the City and Metro Region as a global space for corporations and vital exchange of investment opportunities; and
DICOTA and the Tanzanian American community has been active in fostering a shared vision for development, empowerment and civic engagement of the immigrant community; and
The Tanzanian community in the region make a rich and significant contribution to the strength of this city, dedicating their talents, traditions and viewpoints to the fabric of our life; and
WHEREAS, all the people of Bellevue should use this opportunity to celebrate the vibrant culture and heritage of the Tanzanian community:
NOW, THEREFORE, I
John Chelminiak, Mayor of the City of Bellevue, and on behalf of the Bellevue City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2018 to be
Tanzania Diaspora Day
and urge all Bellevue residents to appreciate the contributions of the Tanzania American community has made to our city and region.