On October 7, 2016, the City of Seattle approved the creation of the Ballard Improvement Area (BIA). An initiative led by the Ballard Chamber, the BIA is a long-term, sustainably-funded leadership organization representing Ballard’s businesses, residents and property owners.
A seven-year program funded through assessments on commercial and residential properties in the Ballard core, the BIA also represents a strong leadership voice for Ballard. The BIA will implement programs and services that are critical to ensuring that Ballard remains a vibrant place to live, shop, work, eat and play.
On January 1, 2017, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce becomes The Ballard Alliance. As such The Ballard Alliance will administer the projects within the scope of the BIA, such as: Clean Streets and Graffiti Removal, Public Safety and Health Enhancement, Marketing and Promotions, Business Development and Advocacy/Urban Design/Transportation. BIA funds will be used only to support these identified programs.
Services currently provided by the Ballard Chamber will continue under The Ballard Alliance, including marketing, networking, programs and production of the Ballard SeafoodFest.