Room to Grow!

The Downtown Everett Association is relocating our business office to 2707 Colby Avenue, Suite F, effective April 1, 2017.  Our phone number remains the same as does our mailing address.

Our new business office provides a more corporate setting, suitable for meetings, focus groups and community gatherings.  We hope you'll come see our new space and see how we are collaborating with our community partners.  

See you soon!

 

First Quarter 2017 Board Meeting

Please join us for our first Quarterly Board meeting of 2017.  Topics for discussion will include BIA expansion, updates on street safety and security, and general Downtown Everett Association (DEA) business and operations.  Come and hear how your DEA is working for you!

Where: Edward D. Hansen Convention Center

When: Wednesday, March 15 at 1:00 p.m.  

The DEA works when everyone's voices are heard.  Come and let us hear your voice, share your concerns and successes, and enjoy a cup of coffee and cookie with your DEA Board representatives.  We hope to see you there.

Young Professionals Cocoon House Advocacy Team (CHAT)

Snohomish County is growing and more young people are moving to the area, building their careers, giving back to their local community, and adding to our region’s momentum. 

With this new energy comes a need to capitalize on it! To help with this effort, Cocoon House (www.Cocoonhouse.org) has created the Young Professionals ‘Cocoon House Advocacy Team’ (CHAT). The goal of the group is to bring young professionals together to network, build their resumes and advocate on behalf of important regional issues like youth homelessness, poverty, mental illness, drug abuse, and other social causes. 

To kick off the effort, we are hosting a Young Professionals Happy Hour in Downtown Everett on Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m. at the Anchor Pub. We're getting the word out to young professionals that are committed to improving the lives of everyone who calls Snohomish County home.  

Additional event details are below, and here is a link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/464759067245000/.  

Downtown Parking Update

Last year the Downtown Everett Association helped to collect data for a parking study that was taking place. Since then many Downtown Everett business owners and other stakeholders have been asking us about the findings and what the next step is. Below is an update from the firm that completed the study, Barney and Worth:

City Council Hears Results of Downtown Parking Study

On Wednesday March 31st, Everett City Council received an hour-long presentation on downtown parking. The bottom line message: the current parking crunch on downtown streets is similar to 2007. Utilization of on-street and off-street parking spaces is nearly back to pre-recession levels.

The City is studying ways to improve parking in the downtown. An update to the Everett Downtown Parking Management Plan is underway to examine current parking conditions and explore future solutions.

A consultant team led by Barney & Worth, Inc. and Rick Williams Consulting conducted a comprehensive assessment of parking behavior across the downtown. On a typical weekday in October 2015, the consultants counted cars parked in every on-street space (1,800 total spaces), hourly, over a 12-hour day. They also monitored parking in over half of the 6,400 off-street stalls in the downtown during this same period. This methodology repeats a similar study conducted in 2007.

A key question is whether now is the right time for Everett to switch to paid on-street parking, using pay stations to promote faster turnover and free up more spaces for customers. The consultants say that is not yet necessary. Instead, they recommended increasing staffing for parking enforcement, and appointing a citizen-led Parking Advisory Task Force to oversee further adjustments in the downtown parking system.

The study involved much more than parking counts. The City surveyed downtown business owners and other employers in the central business district, as well as their employees and customers, to get their assessment of the current situation, and their ideas about effective parking strategies for the future. Two surveys were conducted by the City of Everett in partnership with Downtown Everett Association and the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County. A total of 704 people responded to the surveys. There were also two Downtown Parking Forums in August and December 2015 that attracted downtown employers and other interested persons.

The survey responses revealed that up to one-third of all business owners and their employees say they park mainly on-street in customer spaces. The goal is to reclaim these spaces for downtown’s customers and visitors.

City Engineer Ryan Sass emphasizes the City’s interest in attracting broad participation in the parking review: “We wanted to hear everyone’s views before making major adjustments to the parking system. We know downtown parking affects every business, every shopper and every visitor.”

Everett Police and Public Works staff will be preparing to implement key recommendations from the study including increased enforcement and establishing a Parking Advisory Task Force.

New Restaurant Downtown: The Valley Organic Deli

Have you been by the new spot to eat at 2805 Colby yet? Downtown Everett is happy to welcome The Valley Organic Deli to the neighborhood. We can speak to the deliciousness of the Chicken Panini and the Mediterranean Wrap and we can't wait to try more items from the menu. 

Just take a look at this beet salad below and then go order one with a fresh squeezed orange juice. We highly recommend it. 

Free Indoor/Outdoor Movie Series in Everett!

The Downtown Everett Association has teamed up with Xfinity Arena, The City of Everett, Snohomish County and Judd & Black to present a completely FREE indoor/outdoor community movie series that will take place throughout the year.

The two indoor films will take place inside of Xfinity Arena and will be shown on their brand new scoreboard while the three outdoor films will once again take place on the plaza at the Snohomish County Campus in Downtown Everett.

Come out for our first film, American Graffiti, on Monday March 7th. The doors will open at 6pm and we are kicking things off with a classic car show thanks to our friends at Cruzin To Colby and the movie with start at 7pm.

Bring the family, bring a date, bring yourself and come have fun with us!

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Everett

Shop Small and Support Local!

Forget about Black Friday. November 28th is Small Business Saturday. Whether you are looking for gifts for the special people in your life or just looking for something for yourself Downtown Everett has got you covered!

Go to www.holidaysineverett.com to see all of the great specials that are being offered by our retailers in Downtown Everett and get out this Saturday to support local. 

Put your butts here!

You might have noticed a small change in the look of Downtown Everett recently. The Downtown Everett Association has removed many of the old aggregate cigarette urns that sat on the sidewalks and has invested in a new cleaner and safer way of collecting and disposing of cigarette waste.

The Downtown Everett Association has entered into a partnership with TerraCycle to purchase 15 of their aluminum cigarette receptacles. These new tamper proof receptacles are mounted to street poles on Hewitt Ave and Colby Ave. 

The waste collected from these receptacles will be sent back to TerraCycle where they will recycle the waste into materials to make new products. TerraCycle will award credits for the waste collected in Downtown Everett that can then be used as donations for charity. 

So if you do decide to smoke please keep an eye out for one of our new receptacles and do your best to make sure your butts end up inside.

Downtown Everett Parking Survey

The City of Everett, Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and the Downtown Everett Association are working together to make sure that our downtown parking needs of today and tomorrow are addressed. 

To prepare for a Parking Forum to be held on August 18th, we are conducting a survey of interested persons and organizations in the downtown area who would like to participate.

The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/parkingeverett.

More details below on the Downtown Parking Forum to report on the interview and survey results:

Tuesday, August 18                                                                                                                     5:30 – 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                           Everett Station, Weyerhaeuser Room

If you plan to attend the parking forum please RSVP here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/downtown-everett-parking-forum-tickets-17836676981 

If you have questions please contact Steven Graham at steven.graham@downtowneverettwa.org.

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIES DOWNTOWN!

The Downtown Everett Association is excited to present a free outdoor movie series the first three Saturdays of August. The movies will be shown at the plaza on the Snohomish County Campus (3000 Rockefeller). 

August 1st: The Sandlot (9:10pm)

August 8th: The Princess Bride (9:00pm)

August 15th: Guardians Of The Galaxy (8:45pm)

So get your kids or some friends and go grab dinner at a local restaurant and then walk over and through a blanket down on the lawn at the plaza and enjoy a great movie under the stars. 

For more information call Steven Graham at 425-258-0700.

Engage Everett July

It's already time for our July Engage Everett event and this one is going to be a little extra fun because there will be live music and we are moving the event outdoor to enjoy some of this beautiful weather. 

Engage Everett is a monthly event in Everett, offering a chance to network with fellow professionals and creatives with an update on important community projects in Everett. This month's event will be at SETS IN THE WEST, an outdoor music series produced by Everett Music Initiative.

On July 8th, Grace Love and the True Loves and Everett's own Preacher's Wife will be playing at Wetmore Theater Plaza. Music will start at 5pm but the Engage Everett event will start at 4:30, offering beverages and a cash bar until 7:00pm.

The event is free and open to the public. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Advisory Committee at engageeverett@gmail.com.

Thank you to all of our partners!

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Everett Community College

Washington State University

Port of Everett

Downtown Everett Association 

Trinity Lutheran College

Experience Everett

Downtown Everett

Moss Adams LLP 

Workforce Snohomish

Snohomish County PUD

The Everett Clinic

Anderson Hunter Law Firm

Hampton Inn

Engage Everett (May)

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Engage Everett is a monthly event in Everett, offering a chance to network with fellow professionals and creatives with an update on important community projects in Everett. This month's speaker will be Carol Thomas from City of Everett, who will speak about exciting events that the city has planned over the summer!

The event is free and open to the public and this month it will be held at The Cannery (2820 Oakes Ave). 

If you have any questions, please contact the Advisory Committee at engageeverett@gmail.com.

Thank you to all of our partners!

Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Everett Community College
Washington State University
Port of Everett
Downtown Everett Association 
Trinity Lutheran College
Experience Everett
Downtown Everett
Moss Adams LLP 
Workforce Snohomish
Snohomish County PUD
The Everett Clinic
Anderson Hunter Law Firm
Hampton Inn

Engage Everett (April)

Engage Everett is a monthly event in Everett, offering a chance to network with fellow professionals and creatives with an update on important community projects in Everett.

This month's event will be held on Wednesday April 8th at the Everett Performing Arts Center on Wetmore Ave and speakers will be Ryan Crowther and Steven Graham of Everett Music Initiative to talk about several exciting events that are coming up this spring and summer!

The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be available. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Advisory Committee at engageeverett@gmail.com.

Thank you to all of our partners!

Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Everett Community College
Washington State University
Port of Everett
Downtown Everett Association 
Trinity Lutheran College
Experience Everett
Downtown Everett
Moss Adams LLP 
Workforce Snohomish
Snohomish County PUD
The Everett Clinic
Anderson Hunter Law Firm
Hampton Inn

Bayside Bikes Community Kickoff Event

We are very excited to welcome the newest addition to our downtown business community, Bayside Bikes! Bayside Bikes (2707 Colby) celebrated their grand opening last Saturday and the community came out in droves to get a look at Downtown Everett's new bike shop.

Today (Wednesday March 25th) Bayside will be holding a community kickoff event from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. There will be refreshments available and we will be joined by Everett City Council's own Judy Tuohy and Paul Roberts. We hope you are able to attend and join in the fun!

We have a new Downtown Services Manager

The Downtown Everett Association Board of Directors has announced the new hire of Steven Graham as the Downtown Services Manager for the association.

While Steven Graham has an eight year history as a senior claims representative at Allstate Insurance, he’s most known in Everett as the Co-Founder of the Everett Music Initiative and the recent Fisherman’s Village Music Festival. Graham is also on the City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission and has played an active role in the growing music and arts community in Downtown Everett.

“We’re excited to have Steven Graham join our team,” said Craig Skotdal, President of the Downtown Everett Association. “He has a successful history of promoting the cultural and economic vitality of Downtown Everett and this position is a great fit for him.”

As the Downtown Services Manager, Graham will oversee the day-to-day operations of the City’s Everpark Garage as well as maintenance activities in the Business Improvement Area, a 19-block district in Everett’s downtown core. Graham will also create and implement programs that continue the association’s presence as a resource for downtown businesses and property owners. Additionally, Graham will be in charge of all stakeholder communications and the association’s marketing programs.

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the new Downtown Everett Association website. There are a lot of exciting changes happening around downtown right now and we are very excited about the future. We know it can be hard to keep track of everything so we wanted to use this blog as sort of a running newsletter or narrative of the happenings going on around us.

If you have any questions about anything going on in downtown Everett and don't find the answers you are looking for in this place please do not hesitate to contact our new Downtown Services Manager Steven Graham at steven.graham@downtowneverettwa.org and he will be happy to help you in any way he can.