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Renton Chamber of Commerce - Business Directory and Visitors Guide

Renton AHEAD OF THE CURVE Renton, a 24.03-square-mile urban community, has tremendous development and business opportunities in an ideal central location with a pro-business climate. With more than 101,000 residents and more than 65,000 jobs, Renton is the fourth-largest city in King County and the eighth-largest city in Washington State. Renton is one of the fastest growing cities in the Puget Sound region with businesses that are relocating and expanding, major new Vacant land and substantial Renton continues to make great strides housing projects, and established and redevelopment areas are available in in business recruitment and retention new neighborhoods being revitalized Renton at more affordable rates than in efforts. The Federal Reserve Bank of or created. other local business centers. In San Francisco Seattle Branch, Seattle Renton has streamlined the planning and addition, office space and housing in Seahawks, and numerous large and development process and reduced Renton are considerably less expensive small businesses at The Landing have all approval time of permits in order to than the two closest business centers made Renton their home in recent expedite quality developments. As part of Seattle and Bellevue, and numerous years. In addition, Providence Health of the city’s ongoing efforts to make new developments provide a greater & Services moved several offices from permitting more user-friendly and range of choices. Seattle to Renton and now has more expand the city’s online-based services, than 1,600 employees in Renton. The the city offers online permitting via not-for-profit health system provides aRenton’s friendly, pro-business climate mybuildingpermit.com (a service of the comprehensive array of services toand ample development opportunities regional e-CityGov Alliance). The online meet the needs of communities acrosshave provided room for a multitude of permitting system enables users to apply five states including Alaska, Washington,key businesses including The Boeing for and receive a final permit electronically Montana, Oregon and California.Company, PACCAR/Kenworth, Providence Health & Services, Valley in minutes. The service is currently Medical Center, Aaronson Security, available for mechanical, plumbing and Wizards of the Coast, IKEA, Uwajimaya, low-voltage electrical permits. Baden Sports, SECO Development, The city is presently working on a new Viet Wah Group, Seattle Cancer permit system that will include Treatment and Wellness Center, AIM comprehensive online services. These Aerospace, Inc., and Puget Sound services will include permitting, eplan Educational Services District, among review, service requests for utility many others. problems and code enforcement, pet licenses, and business licenses. The Business-Friendly program will give residents and Government businesses online access to permitting information, plan review comments, City of Renton research capabilities, and much more. (425) 430-6400 • rentonwa.gov Recognizing that “open data” is a Mayor Denis Law fast-growing global movement and the benefit of making non-personal, public The City of Renton continues to work information broadly accessible and hard to create an environment that usable by people and machines—free of supports business development while constraints, the City of Renton has enhancing the quality of life in the created an open data portal (data. community. The mayor, city council, rentonwa.gov) to serve this purpose. and staff nurture the entrepreneurial The portal includes data for the spirit and foster successful public- community, public safety, land use/ private partnerships. permits/zoning, licensing, city The city recruited businesses to governance, and city finance/budget that diversify the employment base and is useful for existing residents and created and implemented bold strategic businesses, as well as those persons economic development plans that have and companies interested in doing redefined the future of Renton. Renton’s business in Renton. regulatory reform and strategic Renton offers a convenient location economic development efforts are now with rich development opportunities. used as a statewide model. Renton Chamber of Commerce • Business Directory & Visitor’s Guide 7


Renton Chamber of Commerce - Business Directory and Visitors Guide
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