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Normandy Park Economic Development Implementation Report
Developed as part of a process that continued in 2021, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) delivered its Normandy Park Economic Development Implementation Report to the City Council. This report aims to help address how the city could increase the vibrancy, attraction, and economic stability of the Normandy Park commercial and mixed-use areas from the Manhattan Village Subarea, down along the 1st Avenue South corridor, then to the Normandy Park Towne Center and environs.
Normandy Park – Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce 2021 Business Survey Update
We partnered with the Chamber to update the 2019 Business Survey, providing a pre- and post-COVID 19 snapshot of Normandy Park business. The number of survey contacts increased to 139 in 2021. Although the outlook remains positive, COVID-19, workforce issues, and state and county regulations remain top concerns. Satisfaction with city services remains mixed, and awareness of the Seattle Southside Chamber and Highline Small Business Development Center remain evenly mixed between knowledge and use.
The City of Normandy Park is a beautiful waterfront community offering easy access to SeaTac International Airport and downtown Seattle. With approximately 7,000 residents and covering an area of about 2.5 square miles, the community places its highest priorities on maintaining and enhancing its quiet pedestrian-friendly setting which has created a welcoming and warm environment for small to medium sized family owned businesses as well as many home-based businesses.
For information linking Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Washington State Resources visit www.business.wa.gov.
Normandy Park Demographics
- Businesses in Normandy Park
- Business License Application
- Community Development Documents
- Current business development projects
- EDC 2015 Ordinance
- Manhattan Village Redevelopment Plan
- Ten Reasons to Shop the Park
Message From The Normandy Park Mayor
Mayor Sue-Ann Hohimer – 2020
Normandy Park loves its local food service providers! Among many other kind, selfless, and courageous acts, I’m proud of the way our residents have come together to support our local eateries during this challenging time.
Former Mayor Jonathan Chicquette – 2016
The concepts the EDC membership develop are an inspiration of optimism. Our future—as a city—rest within the citizenry and their tireless efforts to sow, grow and nurture Normandy Park’s future position of sustainable revenue.
Former Mayor Susan West And EDC Chair – 2015
The Normandy Park Economic Development Committee is a vital and inspiring group of residents and business leaders who believe in Normandy Park’s future and economic health. I’m honored to be a part of this group of dedicated volunteers who work together to build community, spirit and economic well-being.
Former Mayor Clarke Brant – 2012
This is an overdue effort that has numerous business owners and community leaders who are excited to produce results benefiting our community and its businesses. We welcome your ideas and any efforts to create a healthy, vibrant business community for our two Normandy Park business centers which will invigorate the whole community. Hope to see you at our upcoming meetings.
Top 10 Reasons To “Shop The Park”
- Protect Local Character and Prosperity
Normandy Park is unlike most cities in Western Washington. By choosing to support local businesses, you help maintain Normandy Park’s unique and distinctive flavor.
- Community Well-Being
Local businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.
- Local Decision Making
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
- Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Your dollars spent in local businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains or outside Normandy Park. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
- Jobs and Wages
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
- Public Benefits and Costs
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
- Environmental Sustainability
Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers – which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of many small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
- Product Diversity
A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.
The Normandy Park Economic Development Committee
The EDC is a City Council sanctioned committee with membership open to the public; consisting of more than 80 business and commercial property owners, residents, City staff, representatives from non-profits, and appointed councilmembers.
The committee selects a chair and vice-chair at the first January meeting.
- Current EDC Chair is Deputy Mayor Susan West.
- The EDC was developed at the request of resident George Buley at the May 8, 2012, Normandy Park City Council Meeting. Former Mayor Susan West volunteered to chair the group. Since then, the group has met over 150 times and has generated ideas for attracting new businesses and advocating on behalf of our current business community through the promotion of Normandy Park’s unique local character, which makes it an attractive place to live, visit, play and shop. Our Mission is to be a community-minded committee that attracts and enhances new and existing local businesses.
How the EDC came to be
The EDC was developed at the request of resident George Buley at the May 8, 2012, Normandy Park City Council Meeting. Former Mayor Susan West volunteered to chair the group. Since then, the group has met over 150 times and has generated ideas for attracting new businesses and advocating on behalf of our current business community through the promotion of Normandy Park's unique local character, which makes it an attractive place to live, visit, play and shop.
EDC Supported events
One of the many ways the EDC serves the community is by supporting events in Normandy Park. The EDC plays a role in several of these community events which bring local, regional, and national participation and recognition to Normandy Park.
Who does the EDC partner with
The Normandy Park EDC partners with local and regional associations and committees to continually improve the support needed to grow and thrive.
Some of our partnerships include:
- Friends of Normandy Park Foundation
- America's SBDC Washington
- Soundside Alliance
- Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
- LocalScape Mapping King Co.
- City of Normandy Park