Following Edmonds’ successful selection as Washington State’s first certified Creative District late last year, the city is now establishing a Creative District Advisory Committee to provide insights, advice and recommendations on implementing the Creative District five-year work program.
Up to 19 community members will comprise the advisory committee, representing arts, cultural, business, civic, educational and governmental organizations, seven of whom will be directly appointed by Edmonds City Councilmembers. Two of the members will be at-large, representing residential interests and business interests, respectively. The two at-large members must be Edmonds residents and will be appointed by Mayor Dave Earling through an application process.
The committee is expected to meet monthly for the first four to six months, then bimonthly thereafter. Anticipated meeting times are second Thursday evenings from 5-6 p.m.
“The Creative District designation is a major boost to our efforts to attract creative-sector businesses to Edmonds,” said Economic Development and Community Services Director Patrick Doherty, “and I look forward to working with the advisory committee to explore and implement strategies to maximize its economic impact on our community.”
In addition to attracting business and growing the local economy, the Creative District designation will help further the city’s on-going efforts to strengthen the arts and culture sector, as well as give momentum to capital projects, such as the Fourth Avenue Cultural Corridor, the city said.
Those interested in applying for either at-large residential or at-large business position are requested to submit a brief cover letter explaining their interest in serving and specify in which at-large capacity they wish to serve, along with a résumé. Questions may be submitted to [email protected]. Submit your letter and résumé by 4:30 p.m., Monday April 1 to Edmonds City Hall, 121 5th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA 98020, or via email to [email protected].