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City of Seattle
Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)

SUBJECT: Mayor Announces Funding Awards for 16 Neighborhood Business Districts

6/14/2006  10:00:00 AM
Joe Mirabella  (206)733-9810

Mayor Announces Funding Awards for 16 Neighborhood Business Districts
Funds will increase City investments in Seattle neighborhoods

SEATTLE - Mayor Greg Nickels presented funding awards today to 16 Neighborhood Business District Associations throughout Seattle to continue the City’s investments in building healthy communities.

“Investing in our neighborhood business districts is an important part of ensuring a thriving economy,” said Mayor Nickels, who presented the awards at a community event in Columbia City. “Small businesses are economic engines at the heart of every neighborhood - our local restaurants, coffee houses and grocery stores are how we define ‘home’.”

The Office of Economic Development received proposals totaling more than twice the amount of money available. Grants totaling $150,425 were given to 16 neighborhood business organizations.

“One of my priorities is to make City government a better partner with business, and today we’re celebrating the work by some of those partners - the non-profit business associations that work side by side with small businesses to improve our neighborhoods,” said Nickels.

“The Office of Economic Development is focused on helping neighborhood businesses city-wide grow and thrive,” stated Steve Johnson, Acting Director of the Office of Economic Development. “The awards we give out today will be used for a wide range of projects, from the creation of marketing materials to installing pedestrian lighting, all designed to help strengthen and grow these local business communities.”

Some examples of the projects funded include: business district promotion (marketing campaign, directories, signage), and physical improvement and enhancement projects (graffiti removal, pedestrian lighting, flower baskets, winter decorations).

The following organizations are recipients of the 2006 Neighborhood Business District Awards:

  • Beacon Hill Chamber of Commerce $ 10,400
  • Broadway BIA $ 8,000
  • Central Area Community Festival Association $ 5,000
  • Columbia City Business Association $ 12,905
  • Crown Hill Business Association $ 6,500
  • Environmental Coalition of South Seattle $ 19,600
  • Greater University Chamber of Commerce $ 9,500
  • Lake City Chamber of Commerce $ 3,000
  • Lake City Taskforce $ 5,000
  • Madison Park Community Council $ 12,000
  • Pioneer Square Community Association $ 10,000
  • Rainier Chamber of Commerce $ 10,000
  • SODO Business Association $ 15,000
  • Taproot Theater $ 5,000
  • West Seattle Chamber of Commerce $ 8,520
  • White Center Community Development Association $ 10,000

Total Amount of Awards: $150,425

To learn more about the 2006 Neighborhood Business District Awards, please visit the Mayor’s website at:

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