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Food Innovation District
FOOD INNOVATION DISTRICT
Historically, Rainier Beach has always been a welcoming neighborhood with an emphasis on health and well-being, a place many people have come to call home.
Today, the economic pressure and risk of displacement is greater than ever on Rainier Beach residents. The lack of opportunities is highlighted by disparities across the City and there is a need for more equitable development.
WHY FOOD INNOVATION?
Back in 2012, the Rainier Beach residents came together around a renewed neighborhood plan with a vision at the center of which Food acted as a catalyst for neighborhood identity, cultural diversity and heritage, health and job creation.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
The concept of the RB FID clusters manufacturing, technology, and food sectors around the light rail station to provide access to career-path living-wage jobs, strengthening the local economy through production rather than consumption.
In addition, the RB FID will leverage transit to support community stability and economic mobility, improve access to education, employment and entrepreneurship, while maximizing the use of this unique station location at the intersection of the manufacturing / industrial area that extends to South King County, and the residential neighborhood of Rainier Beach. The RB FID is intended to spark catalytic development around the Rainier Beach light rail station.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
Local food innovation (growing, production and distribution) is projected to be a top ten growth industry over the next decade. The demand for locally grown and produced food is growing. Jobs are an anti-displacement strategy.
“To grow a thriving cultural community with equitable access to economic opportunity and affordable healthy food.”
FOOD INNOVATION CENTER
FreshLo Planning Grant
- Communities of Opportunity
- Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
- Healthy Creations
- King County Emergency Feeding Program
- Kresge Foundation
- Office of Planning & Community Development (OPCD)
- Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE)
- Office of Economic Development (OED)
- Puget Sound Sage
- Rainier Beach High School
- Rainier Beach Merchants Association
- Rainier Valley Food Bank
- Restaurant Opportunities Center (Seattle ROCUnited)
- Roots of All Roads (ROAR)
- Seattle Farm Coop
- Seattle Parks & Recreation
- SouthEast Effective Development (SEED)
- Tilth Alliance
Food Innovation District Resource Library
Featured files are listed under each category. See the full download library for all files.
- RB Urban Farm Programming Input Report (938 downloads)
- RB Innovation Zone VIA Analysis (860 downloads)
- FID Presentation (959 downloads)
- FID Handout (859 downloads)
- FID 2-Pager (854 downloads)
- FID Speaking Points (772 downloads)
- FID Description (818 downloads)
- FID Brochure (813 downloads)
- FID 1-pager final (871 downloads)
- Press Release - RB Farm & Food Hub Launch (791 downloads)
- Corner Greeter Recipe Activity (797 downloads)
- Case Study Boards (764 downloads)
- 2012 Rainier Beach Design Plans (895 downloads)
- UW Foster Report (795 downloads)
- Seattle Food Action Plan (846 downloads)
- Reconnecting Roots (892 downloads)
- Rainier Beach Gateway (773 downloads)
- Development Strategy RBID J Rose Comp (786 downloads)
- NODES and NETWORKS 2011 (829 downloads)
- Evans Paper - Kitchen Incubator Analysis (805 downloads)
- EACS RaVE Needs Assessment June 2012 (724 downloads)
- Community Driven Economic Development 2010 (887 downloads)
- Small Business Tech Asst Presrv Diversity 2010 (735 downloads)
- Healthy Living Assessment Pilot RB 2011 (759 downloads)
- Mixed Use Alternative RB Economic Development Plan 2010 (774 downloads)
- Do For Self 2014 (797 downloads)
- ACT RBFID Case Statement FINAL (1298 downloads)
- 2015 King County Local Food Report (984 downloads)
- 170324 RB FID Business Canvas (849 downloads)
- 170324-March 2017 RB FID Parners' Meeting Notes (881 downloads)
- 170324-March 2017 RB FID Partners' Meeting Agenda (783 downloads)
- 161201-FID Partners Meeting Notes, November/December 2016 (684 downloads)
- 161201-FID Partners Meeting Agenda, November/December 2016 (747 downloads)
- 161028-FID Partners Meeting Notes, October 2016 (745 downloads)
- 161028-FID Partners Meeting Agenda, October 2016 (756 downloads)
- 160930-FID Partners Meeting Notes, September 2016 (728 downloads)
- 160930-FID Partners Meeting Agenda, September 2016 (712 downloads)
- 160829-FID Partners Meeting Notes, August 2016 (1518 downloads)
- 160829-FID Partners Meeting Agenda, August 2016 (1648 downloads)
- 160729-FID Partners Meeting Notes July 2016 (1522 downloads)
- 160729-FID Partners Agenda July 2016 (1713 downloads)