Looking Back at the First Half of 2022 in Pioneer Square

Looking back at the first half of 2022, our community continued to embody the essence of resilience, ingenuity, and perseverance in response to some of the most difficult challenges our neighborhood has faced. As we focus on recovery and rebuilding in the coming months, there is still work left to do. Our community’s future is defined by our collective spirit, inspiring us to find connection, dynamism, and opportunity here in new and exciting ways. Together with you, the Alliance is dedicated to ensuring the long-term economic prosperity of Pioneer Square.

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is committed to supporting you through the pandemic recovery period and beyond. We do so by providing the following services:


• Collaborating to create community, foster connections, and balance the needs of the neighborhood.
• Providing advocacy to address neighborhood issues, stewarding thoughtful infrastructure management, and serving as a neighborhood leader.
• Communicating key information to neighborhood stakeholders to ensure you are aware of the latest resources and are able to navigate city and state processes while developing a system to receive feedback from all segments of the neighborhood.

In the past six months, we built upon previous programs and undertaken a series of new projects to support the businesses of Pioneer Square, including:

Leadership

Spring in Pioneer Square

Community Building We convened a group of community members to contribute feedback on our COVID-19 Response Plan programs and activities, provide inspiration for neighborhood improvements, and meet with neighbors.

Race, Social Justice, and Equity We committed to developing and embedding a race and social equity framework within our organization’s foundational statements as part of an ongoing process of learning and reflection on our position and the privilege we hold as an economic development organization.

Business Development

Tariqa Waters, one of two 2022 BIA Inspiration Fund recipients, standing in her gallery surrounded by works.

BIA Inspiration Fund The Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area Stakeholder Board allocated $10,000 to two cultural and creative community projects which will be completed in summer 2022.

Welcoming Returning Markets We welcomed the returning upper floor workforce back to Pioneer Square through extensive outreach to large employers and providing incentives and information for their staff to engage with neighborhood businesses.

Technical Assistance Support We assisted business owners in navigating City and State resources to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19.

Advocacy

Voicing Needs We consistently and directly voiced our businesses’ needs to the Seattle City Council and Mayor’s Office as well as King County Council and the County’s Executive Office to unwaveringly advocate for Pioneer Square.

Public Realm

Spring Clean We hosted over 200 volunteers for the first in-person Spring Clean in over two years to make a positive difference in the community and make Pioneer Square an even more beautiful and welcoming neighborhood.

Northeast Pioneer Square Framework Plan We completed the first iteration of the Northeast Pioneer Square Framework planning process, aligning public and private investments to articulate a shared vision for the future of Northeast Pioneer Square with the common goal of a high-quality public realm experience.

Facade Repair Improvement Fund We relaunched the Facade Repair Improvement Fund with $100,000 in funding to provide financial support to businesses and property owners to replace broken windows and repair or improve the appearance of building facades or storefronts

Public Space Beautification We commissioned a series of public space beautification projects to enrich the public realm across the district, including an art installation in Pioneer Park by neighborhood artist Lin-Lin Mao and a green space improvement project along the streetscape of Occidental Ave. S.

Marketing and Communications

Marketing and Communications Strategy We launched our 2022 marketing and communications plan, including a robust advertising strategy to drive more visitors to the neighborhood, in addition to promoting neighborhood businesses and events, including First Thursday Art Walk.

Public Relations We continued our public relations initiative in collaboration with Allison + Partners to re-invigorate how the story of Pioneer Square is told to the broader community resulting in coverage in the Seattle Magazine, Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Daily Journal of Commerce.

To view the BIA 2022 Work Plan and Budget, visit the following link: bit.ly/BIA2022