The 47th District: Issues, Insight & Interaction
Kent East Hill is Perfect for a New Kent International DistrictDecember 20th, 2011 at Tue, 20th, 2011 at 12:51 pm by lesliehamada
Last Wednesday while attending the Kent East Hill Partnership Meeting there was discussion about having an event to draw recognition and business to the East Hill area. Lots of good discussion on past events and what would work in the future. I had tea with Harpret Gill of Punjab Sweets some time ago and she had discussed how her vision for that business area was to concentrate on all the diverse businesses and the International flare of the area. I brought this up in the meeting. Next meeting there is going to be more discussion regarding the potential of this and the Kent East Hill Partnership may decide to take a more active role in making this happen. The KEHP falls under the Kent Chamber of Commerce.
Focusing on a great strength of the area and developing it into an International business location makes a lot of sense. It would draw attention for people surrounding the area to come see what is happening up on the hill and it would also be a tourist attraction so visitors could sample all the food of the area and various diverse shopping. It would be a great place to showcase all the art and cultural events that take place. The Kent School District is one of the most diverse school districts and drawing in from all the youth activities in the area could even add to this becoming a place to come and visit. The India culture puts on many sporting events in other areas and maybe they could tie in some of their events at a school field to correspond with a business International Fair. This would be a totally different experience that the East Hill has to offer from downtown Kent or Kent Station making visitors want to experience many parts that Kent has to offer and not having them have to compete with each other. Marketing that area with colorful flags or signage to designate the area could build a new, fresh look to the Hill. Turning a vacant lot into a small artistic park in that area could be a welcoming place for artists to show off their work from various cultures and begin to give a business district a sense of Community. When you build a Community you take care of the businesses in that Community and perhaps graffiti would be less.
Kent East Hill Partnership has the opportunity to really take this idea and run with it and develop it and it would build an Identity to that area that is unique. Keep up the great discussions on this and all the other great activities you are building through business partnerships.