WHAT WE DO

With the help of our community partners, we’ve been revitalizing and growing downtown Kent, Washington, for almost 22 years.

OUR MISSION

Kent Downtown Partnership (KDP) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization dedicated to serving and promoting the downtown Kent, Washington, business community. KDP works in collaboration with downtown businesses, property owners, residents, governmental agencies, and citizen-based community organizations. The KDP is a proactive leadership organization, cultivating and strengthening public and private partnerships to increase investment in downtown, business recruitment and retention, residential and retail development, improved parks and green spaces, and a better quality of life.

KDP’s vision is to make downtown Kent a thriving destination by promoting a core of vibrant, mixed uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Our emphasis is on businesses, restaurants, art, entertainment, public facilities, and infrastructure development that supports the revitalization and continued prosperity of the downtown business community.

Main Street Program
Kent Downtown Partnership is affiliated with the state and national Main Street Program, which was founded by the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 1977. The Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save and protect irreplaceable and historic places, and to revitalize America’s communities.

WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED

  • Removal of the dilapidated awning on First Ave, between Meeker and Gowe
  • Successful and regular Wine Walk, Art Walk and Pet Walk events
  • Updated downtown design guidelines
  • Replacement of old, green planters with new, ceramic-looking cement planters
  • Purchased new banners that line the streets of downtown
  • Purchased new hanging baskets every year
  • Provided facade improvement grants to eligible businesses
  • Provided holiday decorations
  • Coordinated four major events per year to drive more people downtown
The Kent Downtown Partnership has really bumped up the vibrancy of our historic downtown district. Their enthusiasm and resourcefulness has made downtown Kent shine!
Mayor Suzette Cooke, City of Kent