Downtown

Renton Downtown Partnership Unites Businesses & Residents

The mission of the Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP) is to cultivate a vibrant social, cultural and economic center by bringing together the community, non-profits and city center stakeholders while celebrating the unique historic character of Renton’s Downtown.

In 2014, business and property owners, residents, non-profit organizations, community activists, and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Renton got together to start a new organization to focus on revitalizing Renton’s downtown core.

The Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP) now has a 13-member board of directors that meets the third Monday of every month to discuss downtown activities and coordinate efforts to highlight them.  The organization’s mission is to cultivate a vibrant, social, cultural and economic center by bringing together the community, non-profits, and city center stakeholders while celebrating the unique historic character of downtown Renton.

In 2017, RDP joined forces with Piazza Renton in order to combine efforts and resources to further enhance traditional downtown celebrations including the annual holiday tree lighting, and downtown Santa House and to assist the city with the operation of the Tuesday Farmers Market that runs June through September.  In 2019, RDP plans to coordinate additional events to support Downtown Renton as a destination for area residents and visitors, including two wine walks, a ladies night, a summer concert series, a celebration of the return of the salmon, additional street and sidewalk clean-ups, and of course, the traditional Halloween and holiday Small Business Saturday.

What makes RDP truly unique is that it is an organization capable of bridging the gaps between businesses, property owners, residents, non-profits, and visitors to the downtown area. Renton has long had a deep sense of community, and the residents and companies that call it home display a deep sense of civic pride.  RDP exists to funnel these forces towards revitalizing and improving our century-old downtown into a unique, vibrant and diverse commercial center.

Board of Directors

The Renton Downtown Partnership is currently led by a 12-person, volunteer interim board of directors representing various interests in revitalizing downtown.

Board members include:

 

  • Jon Glenn, President (Downtown Advocate)
  • Cheryl Scheuerman, Vice President (Piazza Renton)
  • Jessie Kotarski (City of Renton)
  • Ben Andrews (ReelRenton)
  • Diane Dobson (North Renton resident)
  • Nick Hill (Antiques 4U)
  • Marcie Palmer (Renton Chamber of Commerce)
  • Kenneth Rogers (Rain City Catering)
  • Joe Scalia (CarMax Renton)
  • Pat Tucker-Dolan (Piazza Renton)
  • Leslie Myers (PSE)
  • David Brazier (Farmers Market)
  • Jeff Kelly (AssetLabs Marketing)

If you are interested in attending a meeting or getting involved in Committee support, please contact the Renton Downtown Partnership at RDP@gorenton.com.