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Bill Gorman Downtown Renaissance Network Announces Change of Name, Mission Focus
Leslie Langdon February 23, 2009
Peter Cutbill BELLINGHAM – In a move to better position itself as the neighborhood association of
Erica Charbonneau Bellingham’s Central Business District and more accurately reflect the evolution of the organization, the
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Leslie Langdon Downtown Renaissance Network has changed its name to the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.
“Our old name was reflective of the Bellingham of 10 years ago. The downtown core had no new
Shannon McGuire growth, new businesses were few and far between, and there was little interest in providing new
residential opportunities there,” said Kirsten Walker, director of the Downtown Bellingham Partnership.
Kirsten Smith “Since then, there have been hundreds of thousands of square feet of new construction in the Central
Lisa Woo Business District, with hundreds of new residential units and dozens of new, thriving businesses. The
Executive Director downtown has changed and evolved, and our organization is changing with it.”
Where once the group was fighting to overcome apathy and stagnation downtown, the
Partnership will now play a greater role in downtown advocacy and will work to reinforce downtown’s
critical role as Bellingham’s center for business, culture and community identity.
“We’ll keep the focus on many of our existing advocacy efforts as well, such as parking, public
Mailing address: safety, the waterfront, and maintenance and beautification. It’s important to note that we will remain as
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Bellingham, WA the official neighborhood organization of the Central Business District, so we’ll continue to provide
leadership in the development of public policy that affects the CBD,” she said. “We’ll also continue our
Physical address: well-known downtown promotional programs and public service such as the Downtown Information
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Bellingham, WA Center and events such as Art Walks, Downtown Sounds and the Bite of Bellingham. Our ‘Downtown
Bellingham’ logo and branding has already been attached to many of these events, so we’re really just
Telephone going to move forward with what has already been working.”
Facsimile 1201 As part of the name change, a new logo has been created. Its fresh and vibrant design accurately
Bellingham, reflects Bellingham’s vivacious and lively atmosphere. Updates to the organization’s website have also
Downtownbellingham been made and visitors can check us out at www.downtownbellingham.com.
The Downtown Bellingham Partnership is a member-driven organization founded in 2000 that
360.527.8710 seeks to be a strong voice for Downtown and an effective liaison between downtown stakeholders and
360.527.8709 local decision-makers. For more information on the DBP, contact Kirsten Walker at (360) 527-8710.
Enhancing, promoting & advocating for the healthy maintenance, improvement and development of Bellingham’s City Center