ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Renton Chamber of Commerce

 
 
 
 
 

BUSINESS RESOURCES

Business Information
Better Business Bureau (206) 431-2222
Business Help Line (800) 237-1233
Consumer Protection Line (206) 464-6684
Renton Chamber of Commerce (425) 226-4560
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (425) 235-7819
State Attorney General (Seattle office) (206) 464-7744

City of Renton
www.rentonwa.gov
General Information (425) 430-6400
Airport Weather Station (425) 255-6080
Animal Control (425) 430-7550
City Clerk (425) 430-6510
City Council (425) 430-6501
Community Relations (425) 430-6522
Economic Development (425) 430-6575
Emergencies, Police/Fire/Medic 911
Fire Department (425) 430-7000
Garbage (425) 430-6852
Inspection Requests (425) 430-7202
Maintenance – Street and Utility (425) 430-7400
Mayor’s Office (425) 430-6500

Planning, Building and Public Works
Administration (425) 430-7394
Permits (425) 430-7283
Transportation (425) 430-7321
Utility Billing (425) 430-6852

Employment
Apprenticeship Training (206) 553-0076
City of Renton Jobline (425) 430-7652
King County Jobline (206) 296-5209
U.S. Postal Jobline (206) 442-6240
WorkSource (206) 205-3500

Recreation
Carco Theatre (425) 430-6706
Henry Moses Aquatic Center (425) 430-6780
Maplewood Golf Course (425) 430-6800
Picnic Shelter Reservations (425) 430-6700
Renton Community Center (425) 430-6700
Renton Historical Museum (425) 255-2330
Renton River Days (425) 430-6528
Renton Senior Activity Center (425) 430-6633

Food and Clothing
Renton Clothing Bank (425) 271-5091
Salvation Army Food Bank (425) 255-5969


Health, Medical and Dental
Pacific Medical Centers (425) 227-3700 pacmed.org
Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center (425) 970-4155 pacificdermcenter.com
Seattle Cancer Treamtment & Wellness Center (425) 204-7480 seattlecancerwellness.com
Valley Medical Center (425) 228-3450 valleymed.org


King County
www.metrokc.gov
County Assessor (206) 296-7300
General Information (206) 296-0100
Voters Registration (206) 296-8683

Libraries
Fairwood Library (425) 226-0522
King County Libraries (425) 462-9600
Renton Highlands Library (425) 430-6790
Renton Public Library (Main) (425) 430-6610
Skyway Library (206) 772-5541

Licenses, Permits and Certificates
Animal Licenses (425) 430-6924
Automobile Licenses (425) 228-5640
Automobile Emission Testing (800) 272-3780
Birth and Death Certificates (206) 296-4769
Building Permits (425) 430-7283
Business Licenses (City of Renton) (425) 430-6851
Disabled Parking Permits (425) 228-5640
Driver’s Licenses (425) 277-7230
Marriage Licenses (206) 296-3933
Passports (425) 430-6550

Newspapers
Renton Reporter (253) 872-6610
Seattle Times (206) 464-2121
The Business Report (425) 271-9300

Post Offices
U.S. Postal Service (800) 275-8777

Recycling
Household Hazardous Wastemobile (206) 296-4692
King County Transfer Station (206) 296-4466
Renton Recycling (425) 430-7396

State of Washington
General Information (877) 265-6553
Legislative Hotline (800) 562-6000

Transportation
Airport (Renton) (425) 430-7471
Access (Metro Transit) (206) 205-5000
Metro Carpool Information (206) 625-4500
Sea-Tac International Airport (206) 433-5388
Washington State Ferries (800) 843-3779


Shuttle Service (Shuttle Express) (425) 981-7000
Utilities
Garbage, Sewer and Water (425) 430-6852
Puget Sound Energy (888) 225-5773
Comcast Cable (877) 824-2288
Century Link Communications (800) 244-1111
Waste Management (206) 243-4050


COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

When local residents talk about what makes Renton, WA special - much of it is intangible. Even though we have some very large companies who call their corporate office home in Renton, It is a great place to raise a family. You live here for a year, and it feels like home.

And while all that is true, it does not tell the whole story. Renton is a leading-edge, high-tech, aerospace, manufacturing, and healthcare community pushing the envelope with world-class research, innovative start-ups, and a sophisticated workforce that is flexible and motivated. There are proven collaborations involving education, government, and private business that regularly turn good ideas into profitable ventures. Companies are choosing to put their stake in the ground in Renton WA because there is a lot more to offer here than most cities in the region.

Thriving Business Community
From the world’s leader in Aerospace with Boeing to a regional powerhouse in Alaska Airlines, and an award-winning supplier in IKEA, Renton is home to some economic giants. But local business of all sizes are esteemed here, as they work together to grow their companies – and a stronger community. Renton is rising and is the place to be for business.

Growing Population
The population of the Renton area is 115,000, a 15 percent increase over the last six years, and a more than 20 percent increase since 2000. With a unique blend of high-quality jobs, business opportunities, and exceptional quality of life, Renton continues to attract residents of all ages.

More Than 15,000 College Students
Renton feeds off the energy and resources generated by the more than 25,000 college students who live in the Region for most of the year. Students from Renton technical College, Green River, Highline, Bellevue, Seattle, and a few other private schools like to shop, eat, and experience all that the Renton community has to offer. More are also choosing to stay and start their adult lives in Renton, building on an already strong workforce.

Highly Trained Workforce
Renton boasts a highly qualified workforce that takes full advantage of recent university and technical college graduates as well as skilled workers completing in-demand training programs. Collaboration between private business, education, and local government, as well as large corporations ensure our workers are ready for the next challenge.

Strong Research and Development
Renton is home to a thriving research community anchored by world-class facilities located at Valley Medical, LifeNet Health, Boeing, Amazon, manufacturing and a few others. This research is more than theoretical – products are going to market and high-wage jobs are being created every year.

Rail and Air Travel
Easily accessible by interstate, air, or rail, Renton offers unique advantages for those looking to reach the rest of the state and the region in just a turn. Just a couple minutes from deep sea ports via Interstate 5, to Aerospace via 405, to mountains with hiking and skiing via I-90, getting products (and people) in and out of Renton is fast and convenient.


AREA BUSINESS NEWS

RENTON PATCH LOCAL NEWS
https://patch.com/washington/renton

RENTON PATCH POLICE AND FIRE NEWS
https://patch.com/washington/renton/police-fire

RENTON REPORTER
http://www.rentonreporter.com/

RENTON REPORTER LOCAL NEWS
http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/

RENTON POLICE DEPARTMENT TWITTER
https://twitter.com/rentonpdwa?lang=en

CITY OF RENTON
http://rentonwa.gov/


ADVOCACY

We are here to go to bat for you in your industry. We want to address the things that matter and effect your organization – we have a Legislative Committee that goes to Olympia on your behalf. We work with other Chambers and Coalitions to make sure we cover area wide issues that affect business.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

The Renton Chamber of Commerce was created over 76 years ago to represent and advocate on behalf of area businesses. Chamber members develop the organization’s positions on issues by working through the Government Affairs and Legislative Committee and the Board of Directors. Leaders in business that are involved on these committees are charged with reviewing and monitoring legislation and regulations that impact industry and commerce. They also preview government meeting agendas and attend and testify at agency hearings on ordinances, regulations and legislation. Based on the anticipated impact and the timing, the Renton Chamber may at times prepare written testimony, submit legislation and serve as a medium to educate and engage elected officials.

Above all, the Renton Chamber is an independent voice for businesses. Working in collaboration with government leaders is very important, but it is essential to distinguish that the Chamber is not a department within any municipal entity, or part of any state or federal agency. Furthermore, the Renton Chamber organization only operates on private financial support. The Chamber does not receive operational funding from any city, town or state entity. The Chamber also does not maintain a Political Action Committee (PAC) and does not offer endorsements of elected officials prior to elections. These long standing ethical practices allow the Renton Chamber to objectively represent business interests without conflicts of interest or political pressure.

The Renton Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve as the region’s most ardent supporter for businesses. We are absolutely unapologetic in our support of enterprise and commerce. These are the employers who are making investments, taking on risks, creating jobs and supporting infrastructure and government services through their taxes and payrolls. These companies also provide the means for the community to afford the public amenities and quality of life investments that are enjoyed by area residents. The Renton Chamber also works tirelessly to ensure the success of area businesses. By advocating for the best interests of businesses and our community the Chamber fulfills its mission and purpose.

COMMITTEES

We have several committees that you or one of your staff can participate in every month to include Business Development, Legislative, Education, Downtown Partnerships, Emerging Leaders, Ambassadors, or even serve on our Board of Directors. All of our committees have positions that one or more of your lead team members can serve.

RENTON AREA NONPROFITS UNITE (RANU)
4th Wednesday location TBA

LEGISLATIVE/TRANSPORTATION
Bernie Dochnahl Co-Chair
Dick Gidner Co-Chair
3rd Tuesday

AMBASSADOR/MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE
Ben Andrews, Chair
bandrews@gorenton.com
1st Monday (noon)

EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Dan Hammes
2nd Monday

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Rick McMaster
2nd Tuesday

SSCCLC LOBBYIST
Carolyn Logue
1st Thursday

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Renton Small Business Development Center
http://rentonwa.gov/business/default.aspx?id=13018

Renton Business License Information
http://rentonwa.gov/BLinfo/

Washington State Small Business Development Center
http://wsbdc.org/

Washington Access Fund
http://washingtonaccessfund.org/

US Small Business Administration - SBA
https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle/resources/washington-state-resource-guide

Washington State Small Business Guide
http://business.wa.gov/

DFI – Small Business Assistance
http://www.dfi.wa.gov/small-business

Washington State Labor and Industries
http://www.lni.wa.gov/Main/SmallBusiness/

Association of Washington Business
https://www.awb.org/

SCORE – Small Business Advice
https://seattle.score.org/


WASHINGTON STATE LINKS

Washington State Business License Service
http://bls.dor.wa.gov/

Washington State Department of Revenue Business Look-Up
http://dor.wa.gov/content/doingbusiness/registermybusiness/brd/

Washington State – Starting a Business
http://bls.dor.wa.gov/startbusiness.aspx

Washington State Business HUB
http://business.wa.gov/

Washington State Employment Security Department
https://esd.wa.gov/

Washington State Department of Licensing
http://www.dol.wa.gov/


REAL ESTATE NEWS AND DEVELOPMENT

Links to LOCAL Real Estate news and Renton Real Estate Development - IE: Hyatt Regency - The Landing