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.  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.  

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. 

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.

If you are interested in attending a meeting or getting involved in Committee support, please contact the Renton Downtown Partnership at [email protected]

Board of Directors 

The Renton Downtown Partnership is currently led by a 13-person, volunteer interim board of directors representing various interests in revitalizing downtown.

Board members include:

  • Sheila Humphries, President
  • Kristi Slotemaker,  Vice President
  • Brittany Gillia, Treasurer
  • Jessie Kotarski, Secretary
  • Amber Saxby
  • Courtney Anaya
  • Diane Dobson
  • Jeff Kelly
  • Jennifer Thompson
  • Kenneth Rogers
  • Leslie Myers
  • Sue Bollinger

 Get Involved!  Join a Committee:

  • Promotion: responsible for driving traffic downtown through events and promotional campaigns. This committee meets once a month via Zoom. Average time requirement per month: 2-5 hours. 
  • Organization: responsible for planning fundraising events, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and creating EDA promotional campaigns. This committee meets once a month via WebEx. Average time requirement per month: 2-5 hours. 
  • Design: responsible for the beautification of downtown. This committee manages the downtown planters and street furniture, roofline lighting, pedestrian safety, and events like Downtown Clean Up and Downtown Planter Day. This committee meets once a month via Zoom. Average time requirement per month: 2-5 hours. 
  • Economic Vitality: responsible for supporting businesses downtown through projects like the new business packet, vacant storefront strategy, pop up shops, and more. This committee meets once a month via Zoom. Average time requirement per month: 2-5 hours.
Meet times are scheduled to change. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in attending a Committee meeting or fill out the volunteer form and select the committee(s) you want to learn more about.

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