Ballard has become one of Seattle’s most popular, and fastest growing neighborhoods. Growth is positive, but issues surrounding growth are complex. To ensure that central Ballard is a great place to live, shop, work, eat, and play – today, and for years to come - the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth was formed.
In 2012, leaders representing Ballard’s business, maritime, community, cultural, and residential sectors created the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth (BPSG), and began a comprehensive strategic planning process to address key concerns and identify opportunities in central Ballard.
The BPSG recommended the creation of a sustainably-funded leadership organization to implement the new plan. This new entity, the Ballard Partnership, will replace the Ballard Chamber and will be staffed with full-time, highly-skilled professionals.
• Sidewalk sweeping (two times a week) and alley cleaning
• Removal and composting of leaves in late fall
• Graffiti program
• Engagement with Parks Dept. to ensure parks within the boundary are maintained and activatedPublic Safety/Public Health Enhancement
• Mental health/social services outreach
• Partnerships with SPD for improved safety
• Partnerships with SDOT, SPU for clean/safe enhancements
• Create public safety and health committee
• Explore creating a “Community Ambassador” program for BallardBusiness Development and Retention:
• Commercial business attraction
• Retail recruitment
• Small business engagement
• Business advocacy
• Support business growth through marketing and promotions campaignMarketing and Promotions:
• Create Visit Ballard (visitballard.com)
• Support Visit Ballard through marketing and media relations
• Holiday and retail promotion
• Holiday lighting program
• Arts and cultural promotion
• Create event programs to support neighborhood and activate parksAdvocacy, Urban Design and Transportation:
• Continue work of Urban Design and Transportation Committee
• Advocate on behalf of the Alliance for issues such as: transportation/transit improvements, public safety, parking, design guidelines, small business development, infrastructure improvements, and social service expansion
• Partnerships with key city departments: OPCD, SDOT, SDOT, OED and DCIPrograms and Networking:
• Monthly lunch and networking events
• Special events and lecture series
• Weekly newsletter and communication outreachBallard SeafoodFest:
The Ballard Improvement Area initiatives will commence in Spring of 2017. The Ballard Chamber of Commerce will continue providing up-to-date coverage of the events and activities pertaining to the BIA and Visit Ballard through a variety of communication methods.