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Renton 2016-17 Business Directory & Buyers Guide

RIGHT FOR BUSINESS Renton Downtown Partnership In 2014, a group of over 50 local business and property owners, residents, non-prof- it organizations, community activists, and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Renton got to- gether to start a new organization to focus on revitalizing Renton’s downtown core. The new organization is called the Renton Downtown Partnership, which has adopt- ed a simple mission: to cultivate a robust economy and culturally diverse experi- ence in downtown Renton. Unlike other or- ganizations that have worked to revitalize the downtown core, the Renton Downtown Partnership is unique because it is based on the national “Main Street” model, with support from the Washington State Main Street Program. This program has been a vital part of helping to rebuild downtown areas in cities like Port Angeles, Olympia, Wenatchee, and our neighbor, Kent. What will make the Renton Downtown The Main Street 4-Point Approach is a Partnership truly unique is that it will be an comprehensive, incremental process to organization able to bridge the gaps be- guide revitalization built around a commu- tween businesses, property owners, resi- nity’s unique heritage and attributes, spe- dents, non-profits, and visitors to the cifically to address the complex and downtown core. Renton has long had a changing issues facing the downtown deep sense of community, and the resi- business environment. The four points di- dents and companies that call it home dis- rectly focus on the areas of organization, play a deep sense of civic pride. The promotion, design, and economic restruc- Renton Downtown Partnership exists to turing to provide a catalyst for economic funnel these forces towards revitalizing growth and community pride, while build- and improving our century-old downtown ing a sustainable and complete communi- into a unique, vibrant and diverse com- ty revitalization effort. mercial center. Today, RCF manages over $8 million in as- By working with the state’s program, the With the opening of the new downtown li- sets and 50+ individual funds. The goal is Renton Downtown Partnership will not only brary last summer, some major improve- to connect donors to the causes they care have access to a proven revitalization pro- ments coming to the South 2nd and Main about most, while partnering with local gram, but local businesses will also be able intersection, and new businesses consid- charitable organizations to increase effi- to direct the use of their taxes to fund revi- ering a downtown address, downtown ciencies and strengthen their ability to de- talization programs in downtown Renton. Renton is primed for positive change. For liver critical services. The Main Street Tax Credit Program, ex- the Renton Downtown Partnership, the pected to be available in Renton in 2016, time is right to take this opportunity to The Renton Community Foundation also will allow local businesses to make contri- bring everyone together so that all can hosts a new giving circle called The Next butions to support the Renton Downtown participate in and enjoy the downtown re- Curve to develop the next generation of Partnership and then be eligible for a state naissance that is in the making. community leaders in Renton. The Next Business & Occupation tax credit worth Curve is comprised of younger profes- 75% of the contribution. The Renton sionals who wish to be more engaged in Funds received through the tax credit pro- Community Foundation make meaningful connections. The grouptheir community, but may not know how to gram can be used to fund training pro- will make grants to benefit a broad array grams, marketing efforts, events, building The Renton Community Foundation (RCF) of community needs, and members can and public improvements, and beautifica- just celebrated its 15th anniversary, serv- choose to participate in educational, net- tion efforts in downtown Renton. The ing the greater Renton area and beyond. working and/or social opportunities. Renton Downtown Partnership is working RCF is a 501 C3 not-for-profit organization hard to finalize its organizational structure comprised of a group of charitable funds For more information about The Next so that it can start planning and organiz- established by individual donors and local Curve or how you might establish a ing the projects above, as well as better nonprofit organizations benefiting such charitable fund for a cause you feel pas- coordinate all downtown revitalization ef- causes as health care, the arts, education, sionate about, contact the foundation at forts in collaboration with the Chamber youth, families, and even senior emergen- (425) 282-5199 or email us at lbohart@ and City. cy pet care. rentonfoundation.org. Renton Chamber of Commerce Business Directory & Buyer’s Guide 9


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