Tools for Business Districts

Only in Seattle Peer Network

The Only in Seattle Peer Network is an opportunity for peers in commercial corridor development, along with their key community partners, to build their commercial revitalization skills and knowledge.  Check the events calendar for upcoming peer network meetings.

For more information on past and current Peer Networks, visit the Peer Network section of the Bottom Line blog.


Business District Resources

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Commercial revitalization planning guide: a toolkit developed by LISC’s Center for Commercial Revitalization that describes the elements of comprehensive business district planning.

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Create a Thriving Business District: An online resource guide for business district improvement projects.  It includes project ideas, related products and services and commonly asked questions for beautification, maintenance, parking, signs, traffic control, use of public areas, public safety, and funding.

The following resources offer trainings, consultations, and other assistance to business district organizations and non-profits.

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  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Resources and webcasts – LISC is a national organization dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business, and raise children.
  • National Main Street - works with a nationwide network of communities to encourage preservation-based economic revitalization, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history.
  • NeighborWorks America - NeighborWorks America is one of the country’s preeminent leaders in affordable housing and community development.
  • United Way provides training opportunities and discussion forums to staff and board members around key non-profit management and governance issues.
  • NPower offers a broad spectrum of technology assistance to Puget Sound non-profits, including technology planning, training, networking, database expertise, and website development
  • Impact Capital provides high-quality trainings to help community development practitioners in the Northwest gain the knowledge and skills they need to have maximum impact.
  • Minority Executive Directors Coalition of King County offers training to help understand the values, principles, and customs of different cultures and enable organizations to better meet the diverse needs of all communities in King County.
  • The Nonprofit Assistance Center offers no charge telephone consultation for non-profits on financial issues, board issues, fundraising, or IRS issues, access to a technical assistance fund, intensive technical assistance program, and specialized training workshops.


Data Resources

Looking for data about your neighborhood? Check out these resources for demographic and other data:

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To better understand the purpose and patterns of travel by visitors in various neighborhood business districts, the Seattle Department of Transportation and Office of Economic Development hired a market and opinion research firm to conduct a sidewalk survey in six (6) business districts (Admiral, Ballard, Capitol Hill, Columbia City, Fremont, and Othello)

Neighborhood Business District Access Intercept Survey


Farmers Markets

Farmers markets increase the foot traffic in a business district, which often results in increased sales for local retailers and restaurants. For more information about local farmers markets, please contact one of the following organizations.