The Only In Seattle Grant (OIS) is a city funded program to help promote and strengthen economic growth within a neighborhood business district. The city has experienced success implementing the initiative throughout Seattle neighborhoods since 2011. The program concentrates on five basic principles in order to empower businesses owners and communities to organize them around a common vision. The five areas of concentration are: Business and Retail Development/Business Organization Development/Clean and Safe Programs/Appearance and Pedestrian Environment Improvements/Marketing and Promotion. To achieve success within these areas, engaging the community as a whole has proven essential. Representation by a broad and diverse group of stakeholders working toward a common vision for our Lake City business district is the key to our success.
The city has recognized the energy and potential in Lake City and is investing in our efforts. In the first year of the OIS grant our work is to create a sustainable organization for future funding, conduct community outreach, engage our businesses, and develop a plan through a common vision for our business district. Thirty-thousand dollars has been awarded to Lake City to achieve these goals through the guidance of BDS Consulting. Brian Douglas Scott and his team will be working closely with our community stakeholders and lead agency to help reach benchmarks and plan strategically for investment in Lake City’s economic growth potential.
More information regarding the Only In Seattle Grant Initiative can be found here.
On April 1st Mayor Ed Murray officially announced the awarding of the 2014 Only In Seattle grants. Lake City was one of 18 neighborhoods receiving money from the city through the Only In Seattle Initiative. As a first year participant Lake City will be working toward creating a sustainable lead organization, an effective outreach program, and a strategic plan in hopes of qualifying for additional funding in year two of the program.
Welcome to Lake City Future First. Tomorrow ( April 1st ) we will be formally accepting the award of contract for an Only in Seattle grant from the Mayor and the Office of Economic Development. More info to follow….