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Mayor Murray announces $85,000 investment in Ballard business district

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on April 11th, 2014

mayorDuring an event at Bastille Cafe last week, Mayor Ed Murray announced a $2 million investment in 18 neighborhood business districts. The investment is part of the Only in Seattle Initiative and Ballard has been designated $85,000.

“This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city,” says Mayor Ed Murray. “Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.”

According to the Mayor’s Office, small businesses employ 72 percent of Seattle’s workforce and contribute 35 percent of the city’s business tax revenues, which totals to $55.4 million. The investment is being made as Mayor Murray believes that neighborhood business districts serve as the “incubators” for many of the city’s small businesses.

The $85,000 for our neighborhood was awarded to assist with the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth strategic planning initiative. Other neighborhoods including Belltown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/International District, First Hill, Lake City, and University District are set to receive portions of $1.1 million from the Only in Seattle Initiative.

Mayor Murray was introduced at last week’s event by Ballard Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Stewart, who said a few words about the aim of the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth.

“It was just a little over a year ago that the Ballard Chamber Board of Directors pulled together several stakeholders to engage in a conversation about the need to start working together and begin shaping Ballard’s future rather than allowing new growth and development to completely reshape Ballard,” says Stewart.

The 2013 Only in Seattle grant kicked off the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, bringing together over 50 stakeholders from the maritime, retail and restaurant industries.

This year’s grant will allow the Partnership to continue and further their efforts through five working groups that focus on important elements vital to the future of Ballard as a business district.  The working groups focus on the following topics: Urban Design and Transportation, Business Retention and Economic Development, Marketing and Promotions, Health, Safety and Cleanliness, and a Leadership.

Photo courtesy of the Office of the Mayor.

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8 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 john // Apr 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Fix The parking!!

  • 2 Avatar of Rudy Rudy // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    This $85K will probably go towards funding a study on how to spend the $85k.

  • 3 maS // Apr 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Think about the cars..

  • 4 BalGal // Apr 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    How about bus tickets for the vagrants?

  • 5 Bigdog // Apr 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    If we’re going to build housing units for 1 – 2 thousand people, does it not make sense to update the traffic flow in and out of Ballard?

  • 6 Becka // Apr 13, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I hope this money goes toward planning light rail to Ballard

  • 7 guesty // Apr 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    ooh ohh more bike lanes and please several more road diets.

  • 8 iheartalgore // Apr 16, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    More bike lanes and more public transportation! It’s dangerous to ride your bike on Market Street. In the summer you can’t even drive thru Ballard! Parking is horrendous and driving is overrated. BRING US LIGHT RAIL! The businesses are doing fine…we need more public transport.

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