Annual Dinner and Auction Committee
Chair: Polly Shepherd (Kent Reporter)
Responsible for procurement, ticket sales and staging the annual dinner and auction.
Chair: Susan Bagrationoff (Artsy Fartsy)
Responsible for bringing art to Downtown’s public areas and creating opportunities for artists to display their art in Downtown Kent including Third Thursday Art Nights. The Art Committee helps create shared experiences to develop a sense of community and add more for people to discover downtown.
Clean-Up Day Committee
Chair: Garry Stewart (The Doorman Service Co.)
Responsible for organizing KDP’s 2 annual Clean-Up Days in May and September.
Chair: Suzanne Cameron (Around the Clock, Inc., CRMC)
An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, colorful banners, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk, invest in and live. Design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown.
Economic Development Committee
Co-Chair: Mike Miller (Homestreet Bank)
Co-Chair: Kevin Jussel (Curran Law Firm)
This committee analyzes current market forces to develop long term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competitiveness of the existing downtown merchants are examples of economic development activities. Additionally, the members of this committee will help existing businesses expand and recruit specific businesses for a better downtown business mix.