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 12-member board of directors that meets monthly 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.
For the past two years, RDP has joined forces with Piazza Renton to enhance the downtown holiday tree lighting festivities, including 2016’s
Small Business Saturday event which brought holiday shoppers to experience the growing number of locally-owned small businesses in the downtown area. In 2017, RDP plans to coordinate additional
events to support Downtown Renton as a destination for area residents and visitors, including a wine walk, pop-up parklets, street and sidewalk clean-ups, and another holiday Small Business
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:
Dalen Harrison, President (First Financial Northwest Bank)
Ben Andrews, Vice President (Renton Municipal Arts Commission)
Gene Sens, Secretary (Red House Beer, Wine & Tapas)
John Collum, Treasurer (City of Renton)
Vicky Baxter (Renton Chamber of Commerce)
Angelina Benedetti (Centre City Community Plan Advisory Board)
Jon Glenn (Downtown Advocate)
Nick Hill (Antiques 4U)
Fay Moss (Piazza Renton)
Jessie Kotarski (Downtown Advocate)
Irene Botero (Downtown Resident)
Vacant (Renton High School Student)