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In my weekly newsletter I cover all that is happening in Renton, including the most current COVID-19 updates and information from state and federal officials and agencies.

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Issue: 67 / Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

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Renton joins Seattle as the only two cities in the state of Washington to earn "Age-Friendly" city status from AARP and WHO.

Renton earns "Age-Friendly" city status

We are charged with taking care of the most important people in our community. That's why I was so pleased that Renton earned the designation as an "Age-Friendly" city by AARP and the World Health Organization.

Image of the cover of the mayor's newsletter for October 23, 2020We are just the second city in the state to join a global network of cities. We’ll learn their best practices and bring back them to Renton.

The "Age-Friendly" designation covers residents of all ages. Our commitment will guide us to make the best decisions that will benefit everyone in our community.

I'm especially looking forward to how this will assist our senior population. We are projecting that over the next 10 years, the number of our residents 65 or older will double to 1 in 5. Now is when we start preparing for this shift in demographics.

We started by establishing a Senior Citizen Advisory Board last year. They reviewed our current program offerings to gauge their effectiveness and identify what we are missing. Their work will continue to be instrumental as we reach out to residents, non-profit organizations, businesses, and faith-based communities.

This project's inspiration came from former city councilmember Don Persson. For as long as I can remember, Don has passionately advocated caring for our seniors, or as he called them "the most important people in our world." He deserves a big part of this award, and I look forward to his input as we proceed.

My thanks also to our community services recreation and neighborhood division for securing this designation. Over the past months, our focus has narrowed on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's gratifying that we can still see the big picture and implement a process that will benefit all our generations.

As part of our “Age-Friendly City” designation, we are initiating a monthly Renton Virtual Series via Zoom on the second and fourth Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. The series will cover various topics using expert presenters, city staff, and include your ideas.

The first will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. Topics include an explanation of the "Age-Friendly City" designation and the upcoming community-wide survey for seniors. Register to reserve your spot using course #9383. For help, call 425-430-6633.


Photo of the 2019 Renton Multicultural Festival

Events like the Renton Multicultural Festival receive part of their funding from lodging tax revenues.

Tourism grant applications being accepted

Our community & economic development department has opened the application process for 2021 Tourism Grants. The deadline is Nov. 30, at 4:30 p.m. Eligible entities include convention and visitors' bureaus, destination marketing organizations, non-profits like chambers of commerce and lodging associations, and municipalities. The grants support Renton's tourism marketing and operations and are funded through the state's Hotel-Motel Tax.

Lodging tax income has been affected by COVID-19, and the amount of funding available is yet to be determined. We advise grantees that distribution of 2021 awards may be delayed or suspended if tourism promotion and/or events are prevented due to state or local COVID-19 mandates.


Graphic for the Eastside Cities Virtual Job Fair

Eastside cities virtual job fair on Oct. 29

Renton is partnering with Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, and Redmond for the free Eastside Cities Virtual Job Fair. The fair is next Thursday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is required.

Attendees will meet virtually with recruiters and human resources managers from several regional companies to learn about career opportunities on the Eastside. These representatives will be available for chats via instant messages or video calls. The event website has an up-to-date list of employers.


Graphic depciting eviction prevention and rent assistance program in King county

County establishes eviction prevention and rent assistance program

King County has launched a $41 million eviction and rent assistance program to help households affected by COVID-19. Tenants, property landlords and managers, manufactured home park owners and managers, and non-profits are eligible to apply. Applications are available in 25 languages.

The program's goal is to prevent evictions and make resources available to individuals most affected by eviction, either through homelessness or mental health consequences. It will also focus on groups of people who have not had equitable access to rent assistance and those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.


State accepting applications for COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

On Wednesday, Gov. Inslee announced that the state is accepting applications for the COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund.

The fund will provide $40 million in federal funds allocated by the state. Those eligible are Washington workers who missed work due to COVID-19 but cannot access federal stimulus programs and other social supports because of their immigration status. Eligible recipients will receive $1,000, with a limit of $3,000 per household.

For the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund, applications are open at now through Dec. 6. The state will disburse benefits by Dec. 28.

Separately, the governor has extended the Washington Food Production Paid Leave Program through Nov. 18. The program provides leave to workers in the food-sector industry who work for employers exempt from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Items of Interest

Still time to register for the General Election

The 2020 General Election is less than two weeks away. There is still time to register online or check your registration. The deadline to register online or return a paper registration form by mail this Monday, Oct. 26. In-person registration is allowed through election day at anyone of seven Vote Centers. Each of these locations also allows you to vote.

Supporting our small businesses through Chip-In

We are excited to work with Renton Chamber of Commerce, One Eastside, and Chip-In to raise funds for Renton small businesses through tax-deductible contributions. Think of it like GoFundMe, but Chip-In does not take a cut. Each dollar donated will support local Renton businesses meet payroll, keep their lights on and doors open.

Comment period on draft EIS for proposed county facility in the Highlands closes October 30

There’s about one week remaining to give feedback to King County on the county’s proposed Renton site for a Cedar Hills Regional Landfill support facilities center. The comment window closed on October 30.

COVID-19 Quicklinks

  • Oct. 23 - "What is a close contact?" - Seattle & King County Public Health


Newsletter Archives

2020 Newsletters

Weekly Newsletter

October 16

City continues support of small businesses
This week is Affordable Housing Week
Virtual Multicultural Festival in Nov. 7 and 8
General Election ballots are in the mail

October 9

Renton allocates over $900,000 in COVID-19 human services funding
HealthPoint Clinic comes to Sunset Neighborhood
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Our Renton TV Debuts
Governor updates Safe Start reopening plan

October 2

Proposed 2021 and 2022 budgets presented to city council
Farmers Market ends successful 2020 season
PSE contest will benefit small businesses
Proposed county budget includes Renton RapidRide

September 25

Support our small businesses
Draft EIS for landfill support services center open
Kaiser Permanente donated $5,000 for SNAP at Farmer Market
REACH Renton celebrates 50 years in Renton
Chamber-sponsored COVID-19 funding

September 18

Community police survey
Making Renton accessible to all
Concealed pistol permits
Election Day is November 3; register to vote
Census 2020 - time is running out
Closing King County's technology divide
Chamber-sponsored COVID-19 funding

September 11
Honoring the victims of 9/11 on Patriot Day
Sustainable Renton's Free Grocery Store
One-day drive benefits food banks
ALERT Renton provides emergency updates
Business Plan for 2021-2026 adopted
City receives $100,000 flood control grant from county

September 4

This Labor Day is so different
Budget: City's financial health has improved slightly
Plans unveiled for former city hall property
Mayor's census challenge
Free COVID-19 testing site in Renton
Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meal Program

August 28

City's concern over county facility siting in Highlands
Chamber distributing PPEs

August 21

National Senior Citizen Day
Information System Update
Renton Census Countdown Day 2020

August 14

Renton Census Countdown Day
CARES funding for small businesses
Seniors receive donated face shields
Renton Regional Community Foundation

August 7

City to distribute over $900,000 in COVID-related funds
Food banks and shelters serving more
City gives away 25,000 masks; county mask event on August 11
Women's right to Vote Centennial Anniversary Day
Teleworking will continue

July 31

Census return rate tops 70%
Police launch community survey
K9 Zev remembered
Parade of Positivity

July 24

Primary Election
RAAP Meeting
Communities In Schools

July 17

Emergency ordinance expands outdoor business space
City Hall reopening plan unveiled
Projects will provide affordable housing
Renton leads all South King County cities in Census 2020 self-response rate
Pop-up blood drives collect 144 units

July 10

CARES Act funding for small businesses
Police Chief briefs council
K9 Zev passes away
Parks & Rec Month proclamation

July 2

Small business grants available from CARES Act
Mayor's July 4 message
Police Chief's July 4 message
Red Lion Free mask distribution
Blood donations needed

June 26

Coulon Park and Fourth of July
First CARES Act funds to be distributed
Face coverings mandated by governor

June 19

"Philly Flag"
"Open for Business" Banners; Business resources
Free COVID-19 Testing a success
2020 Census Numbers
COVID-19 Relief Concert
Pop up Blood Drives

June 11

RAAP works to make Renton an informed & inclusive community
Praise for police officers Sangder and Thielman
COVOD-19 testing site open Saturday
Pop up blood drives coming to Renton
Farmers Market returns

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Mayor's Newsletter wins National NAGC Award

NAGC national first place award

The Mayor's Newsletter has been awarded a 2018 Blue Pencil & Gold Screen Award for First Place for External Newsletters by the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC).

The committee looked at submissions from all over the country and judged them on purpose, goals, objectives, target audience, and special factors.

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