The Kent Downtown Partnership means business!   We serve as the voice of our members, compelling customers through the door with exciting and effective events and advertising opportunities.  Those are just some of the benefits of membership.  Take the first step on your company's or organization's path of bustling forward together with the Kent Downtown Partnership by filling out the membership application below!

What creates a healthy downtown?  You do!  


Kent Downtown Partnership’s (KDP) is a charitable, non-profit 501 c 3 organization.  Our vision is to make downtown a thriving destination by promoting a core of vibrant, mixed uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment.  

Our emphasis is on businesses and our downtown neighborhoods and residents.  We want people and their family and friends to embrace their downtown.  We want to create many reasons for people to want to partake in what is available in their downtown.  We want our businesses to be successful.


We support the vitalization, infrastructure development, and continued prosperity of the downtown.  We support community arts, entertainment, as well as local restaurants, shops, services and tourism.

We work in collaboration with businesses and property owners and the City of Kent to proactively lead and cultivate a more vibrant downtown

We promote businesses to the residents and region and inform them of “what’s happening” in downtown

We promote economic development in downtown, such as the two apartments complexes built in downtown


We want to be more inclusive of our 35 and younger population
We want to be more inclusive of our diverse cultures in Kent by creating events they would enjoy being a part of
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We create opportunities to meet your neighbors and neighboring businesses
We provide workshops to help businesses grow
We market our downtown through social media tools, iLoveKent blog, our local Kent Reporter newspaper


We produce multiple events in downtown throughout the year
We create a good environment for start-up businesses; the successes of tomorrow


We support your neighboring businesses, which in turn support local schools and parks

We increase employment opportunities by helping bring in new businesses 

We are involved in local government by acting as the liaison to the City of Kent

We bring arts and entertainment into downtown

We provide façade improvements grants to assist businesses who want to improve the look of their storefront

We protect property values by being actively involved in safety issues and city ordinances


We will continue growing our downtown and enhancing how it looks and feels.  It is always more productive when we can do this with you.  Please consider volunteering; click here.