COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
The Kirkland Downtown Association is pleased to announce a program that will connect the Kirkland Communities, Businesses and Organizations. This membership program will help fund the initiatives that bring vibrancy and economic development into Kirkland. The KDA hosts the Wednesday Farmer’s Market, Summer Concert series, 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks, Kirkland Classic Car Show, Kirkland Summerfest, and Winterfest. In addition, the KDA assists in helping local merchants reach the community with special events and offers from restaurants and businesses.
The KDA Executive Director, Barbie Collins Young, is excited to see this program bridging a gap that needed to be filled. She says “this is the answer to giving this very special community the opportunity and outlet to grow the vibrancy of Kirkland. The outpouring of support and love of Kirkland finally has a home.” The KDA Board of Directors VP of Membership and Administration, Glenn Peterson adds “This brings sustainability to an organization that does so much for the community by providing activities, excitement, and events. It’s a great feeling for a person to
know they have ‘skin in the game.” The individual membership allows an individual or family to be directly connected into the community through a special newsletter, discounts and offers from business members. There has been a need for this connection, especially after the community attended a forum sponsored by the City of Kirkland at Google titled “For the Love of Kirkland”. This is a way for any individual to get involved starting at just $49. The first 400 members also receive a re-useable “I shop local, I shop Kirkland” shopping bag sponsored by the KDA and the City of Kirkland. Claire Bruining, the KDA Board President says “the extra gifts are just the cherry on top of the community connectedness.” All member names will be displayed at kirklanddowntown.org.
The business memberships range from $99 for Silver, $149 for Gold to $249 for Platinum. These membership levels offer business and marketing support and outreach. These members have the opportunity to do specific outreach to members to assist with their promotions and offer specials to bring people through their doors.
Mermaid Hair Extensions, has an offer for new members valued at $39. Another Platinum member, Julie Metteer from Real Living NW Realtors, is offering a 10% contribution back to the events in the community from any sales coming from member referral. “I am thrilled that I have a way to give back while growing my business!” Julie adds. The business memberships and links are featured on the KDA website.
The Chamber of Commerce is supportive of this new membership, and the two organizations are working closely together to ensure that our different missions come together to make an impact directly on what matters most to this community. The KDA is offering a 20% discount for Chamber members on their Silver-Platinum categories. “We are excited about this partnership that will create an even more robust Kirkland.” says Samantha St. John, Interim Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce. The collaboration between community and business will become stronger and more vibrant, as the love for Kirkland grows, and the membership base increases.